Ras Nsi Assembly Guide

 

 

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With all resin models there is a small amount of preparation before painting can begin. For this you will need a few essential tools, glue, and equipment to get you started.


Whether you have a dedicated room or are a kitchen table evening painter, you need to get comfortable. Painting figures does require many hours of sitting in the same position, so make sure your chair and table are the right height for you.


Lighting


I recommend that you do not use a normal tungsten bulb as they cast a yellow light, but use a blue daylight hobby bulb. This gives a consistent bright colour balance over the whole table.


Hobby Knife


This is the most important tool on your desk. You’ll need a knife with interchangeable blades as they dull quickly. My workhorse is the Swann & Morton scalpel with an extra wide handle. Another useful knife is an X-acto style, with interchangeable blades.


Side Cutters and Tweezers


What you are looking for are the outside edge of the blades to be flush, producing a cleaner cut. These are good for snipping off unwanted resin parts.


Tweezers are handy for picking up and gluing small parts together.


Super Glue


Super Glue is strong, fast-acting adhesive. Rapid Cure can be applied to the glued together parts to accelerate bonding. Always use Super Glue and Rapid Cure in a well ventilated area.


Cutting Mat


No one needs knife marks in the kitchen table.

 

Gap Filling


With a multi-part miniature such as this, the resin pieces have shrunk at slightly different rates causing small gaps, this is normal with resin production and can be resolved with a little filling, and for this you will need a few different shaped tools and putty.

 

Preparing the Miniature


As part of the production process, the silicon mould which the resin is poured into has release agents in it, which are sometimes transferred onto the miniature. It is recommended that you wash the miniatures in warm, soapy water and they are completely dry, before starting any modelling.




All of these images are taken as I construct Ras Nsi. Each stage is in order of how to build the miniature.





Side cutters are good at removing the larger feeds from the sprue. For the smaller feeds, I clip around the part and carefully cut the smaller feeds off with a sharp blade. Experience has showed me that there is a chance the clippers will snap any fine parts in the wrong place, as the resin flexes while clipping it.


To remove the mould-line from around the miniature, it is recommended to use a scalpel with a fresh blade.




The sword is a delicate part and will snap easily. I recommend that they are removed very carefully from the sprue with only a scalpel, as anything heavy-handed such as clippers will cause the resin part to break.


Warped Parts



This is an example from another model, but it can happen to any thin parts like a spear shaft or sword blade. These parts have a tendency to warp in the moulding process as the vacuum is turned on. To fix this, apply gentle heat from a hair dryer along the whole piece and the resin will move back to its original shape, molecular memory is a cool thing.


Construction




Gluing the body to the base gives you a solid platform to build the rest of the miniature.



 



 

 

Gap Filling


My copy of Ras Nsi has a small gap at the waist which I have filled with the two part putty (Green Stuff).




Mix equal parts together to form a uniformly-coloured green sticky putty.




Take a small piece and roll it out to form a ‘rat-tail'. This can be cut up and applied to the gap on the model.




Lay the strand over the gap and smooth it out with a sculpting tool.




The two main constructed parts, primed and ready to paint.


Primer




I recommend using a scrap piece of wood or cardboard to spray the model on. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines and hold the model about 15 cm away from the aerosol before applying in an even coat. Let the model dry thoroughly before handling.
 
Holding Stand



You are going to be holding this model for quite a while without touching it. Use anything that’s comfortable in your hand. I either use Blu-tac or double-sided tape to secure the miniature down.
 



With Ras Nsi primed, any more imperfections can easily be seen and any further cleaning completed.