When doing any sort of modelling or painting, you will need a few tools and equipment to get you started.


Whether you have a dedicated room or you 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.


Your light is the most important item on your desk. It is the first thing you switch on before you start. 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.


A sharp knife with a changeable blade is essential for cleaning any mould lines and flash; this is part of the production process and is unfortunately unavoidable. Using the blade sideways to scrape any imperfections is a quick way of smoothing curved surfaces.

Side cutters are another essential tool for removing the miniature cleanly from the mould sprue. What you are looking for, are the outside edge of the blades to be flush, producing a cleaner cut, these are great for snipping off unwanted resin.


Two part epoxy putty ‘green stuff’ and sculpting tools are essential for filling gaps. Resin pieces can shrink 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 sculpting tools and putty.

When working with putty, there are two basic shapes that are useful; small spheres and ‘rats tails’ in various thicknesses. These long strands are laid over the gap and then smoothed out.

Superglue is the best glue for sticking resin parts together; combine this with rapid cure, which instantly sets the glue; this becomes an invaluable tool in any model build. For the larger parts of this kit, I have used 5 minute epoxy glue for extra strength.


Pin vice and brass wire

Using a wire pin in a possible weak point of the model is the best way to strengthen the resin part. I use a 1mm drill bit with 0.9mm brass wire, which is available from any good hobby outlet.

Cutting mat

No-one needs knife marks in the kitchen table.


Construction tools


Warped parts

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.

If there are any parts that are warped e.g. a sword blade, gently heat with a hairdryer. This will cause the resin to move back to its original shape and leave it to cool.

Assembling main parts

The main parts are all pinned with 2mm brass rod and attached with epoxy glue, to form the strongest bond possible.

Due to the large size of this monster, I have made a quick stand to hold it in place, to continue the build and for painting later. Using thick wire allows me to work around them easily and they can be pinned into the existing fittings, where they will be hidden.

I have attached the body in roughly the same angle that it will sit on the scenic base.

The head comes in two parts and will need gluing together before attaching to the neck ball joint.



I have posed the head off-centre, following the curve of the neck for a more natural appearance.



If you hold the wing parts up to the light you will see thin resin covering the holes. For the best effect, I suggest you carve these out.

The left wing is in two parts and will need to be glued together. There is a channel along the spine where the parts meet. For extra strength, the knuckles can be pinned at their widest part.

The wings are pinned in a discreet place, which I can fill later and attached to a block for holding. I have kept the wings in the same position they are on the final model, this will help later when painting.


The arms and legs are also attached to blocks. Where possible, I have masked off the gluing points for a resin to resin contact, this gives a much stronger bond.

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