I’d rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS F**KING COUCH!
As promised, today sees the start of a new video series all about preparing the miniatures and buildings from Deadzone by Mantic Games.
Preparing and construction miniatures is certainly not my favourite part of the gaming hobby, especially the bit where you have to slice plastic mould lines off around excruciatingly small detail on teeny-tiny plastic men. But it has to be done, and if it has to be done, a stormy day is the best day on which to do it. So next time you’re stuck inside and feel the hankering for some hobbying, here are some tips and tricks for building the Enforcer and Plague miniatures that are thrown into bags in your Deadzone box.
Mantic Games haven’t made the process easier in any way by just chucking the bits in the box and assuming you have twenty years hobby experience. There are no instructions, the pictures on the box don’t perfectly match the miniatures you get, they’re using ‘restic’, an annoying but cheaper plastic/resin compund that is time-consuming to clean up, and in general I was cursing their names (and the names of their ancestors) roundly by the time I’d finished constructing these miniatures. But once they’re painted up and on the gaming table I’m sure they’ll look great.
I’m getting more and more frustrated with miniature army men technology of late. Surely it’s about time someone came up with a process and material that made miniatures affordable, free of casting errors, and—I know it’s difficult but there must be a way—free of mould lines. Perhaps we’ll have to wait until 3D printing technology can reproduce the finest of details before it’s possible. I for one am eagerly anticipating that day!
Anyway, the forces are built and cleaned up and ready for the next video in this series. If you have any questions feel free to let me know and I’ll cover them in the next video. Watch those fingers!
Note: I started using plastic glue but switched to super glue for reasons explained in the video. Be sure to use super glue to put these particular miniatures together!