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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2015 6:06 a.m. PST

This may seem like the biggest "Duh!" Question in some time.
But bear with me.
I ALWAYS (mostly ) mount figures on the bases I am going to play with. No painting sticks, etc.
So when my original intent is that they will be washer mounted skirmish, they start on washers.

I have a few AWI units based on my usual 2" x 1" bases that I want to convert to skirmish units. I bought a few bags if fender washers and am ready to rebase.
If I mount them on bare metal, how does one then prime the washer prior to terraining.
Or if I spray and color the washers first, will I have any problems mounting the 28mm figures with 5 minute epoxy? I always fill the hole first with the glue, btw. After I mount them on electric tape.

Now let me head off in advance those who think that I am nuts for having two different basing systems for 28mm figures. Yes, I am, so just answer the question. grin

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2015 6:29 a.m. PST

If you prep your washers first…you should have no problem with the "feet" of your miniature sticking.

I use a wash, sand, wash prep when priming washers and I do not have any problems with the mini popping off and leaving bare "footprints".

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Feb 2015 6:32 a.m. PST

I put a small sticker over the hole, and glue the figures to the base using Elmer's carpentry glue. Then I prime.

ernieR20 Feb 2015 6:34 a.m. PST

i do all my priming , figures and bases , with brushed on gesso . since it's brushed on i can be as neat as i need to be , especially with smaller scales where i tend to paint the figs before basing .
if you're going to spray you should remove the paint where the figure is going to be , a good hard whack will remove the figure , glue and primer .

IGWARG1 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Feb 2015 7:22 a.m. PST

Glue everything before priming/painting. Even 5 min epoxy won't save the figure that is glued to a thin layer of paint. I cover holes, if they are too large for figure's bases, with sticker or piece of paper, cover it and surrounding metal with glue, and attach the figure.

Make sure that your metal washer painted some neutral color before flocking. If you don't do that, bare metal from the washer will show through grass and dirt. I am only saying that because if you used brown wooden bases before you probably didn't have to do that.

Thomas O20 Feb 2015 7:31 a.m. PST

I use a small piece of masking tape over the hole in the fender washer (I do try to get ones that have the smallest hole possible to begin with) and then use carpenters glue to glue them down, after the glue dries I prime them.

I have used epoxy and superglue in the past but have found that carpenters glue will provide more than enough hold.

Chris Palmer20 Feb 2015 7:51 a.m. PST

Winston- I think I understand your issue… you want to know the best Way to affix already painted figures to an unpainted washer.
What I do is cut a small square of masking tape (about the size of the figure's base) and put it over the center of the washer, then I spray- prime the washer. When it's dry, I pull the masking tape off, and there is a nice bare metal area to firmly glue the figure too, and the rest of the washer is primed and ready to apply my basing material to.

redbanner414520 Feb 2015 8:08 a.m. PST

I spray prime the washers before mounting. Never had a problem.

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2015 8:27 a.m. PST

Any surface that you paint before gluing will have a weak bond. If your issue is what I think it is, then Chris has the best suggestion.

As for myself, I would glue the figure on first and then apply primer (usually gesso in my case to the washer.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2015 8:50 a.m. PST

I prime the washer then glue the figure in place with superglue. The next day, I use a white glue around the figure base and (after it dries) paint on a green basecoat befroe frocking.

The figure are damn hard to get off the base after that.


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2015 10:15 a.m. PST

Yeah, Chris got it. Thanks.
I am converting some of my Jacobites mounted on bases to The Sword and the Haggis. Wish me luck.
Also some Loyalists to Flames of Liberty.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Feb 2015 5:36 p.m. PST

I prime the washer then glue figures to the washer with Gorilla brand super glue. I;ve never had a figure come off, except once when I dropped a handful on a hard floor…

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