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Umpapa24 Sep 2015 12:34 p.m. PST

The fastest and most robust way I know of plastic miniatures conversion is to use a soldering iron. Well, it is not very precise, but is very useful to create not-uniformed hordes. I use a cheap stationary electric electronic soldering iron (pen-like). Glue sometimes fall apart, even pinned, weld never.

More at my blog:


bobspruster24 Sep 2015 3:52 p.m. PST

I haven't tried mine yet, but looking at what you did makes me want to! Nice work.

Ditto Tango 2 324 Sep 2015 4:20 p.m. PST


14Bore24 Sep 2015 5:36 p.m. PST

I have a bunch of old school green army men and wanted to convert a squad to standing, kneeling or sitting and laying down but lost interest in my failed conversations.

haywire24 Sep 2015 6:37 p.m. PST

I wonder how well this will work with Reaper Bones?

Bashytubits24 Sep 2015 8:49 p.m. PST

I would think this would work with hard as well as soft plastic as long as you get the temperatures correct. Excellent idea.

Early morning writer24 Sep 2015 10:35 p.m. PST

As long as you don't mind breathing some of the most dangerous toxins out there – or at least wear a top quality respirator. Melt plastic, create toxins. Simple formula.

Fatman25 Sep 2015 3:30 a.m. PST

Used to do the same thing, back in the 70's with a small screwdriver heated with a candle! And yes make sure you ventilate those fumes are evil.


Umpapa25 Sep 2015 4:22 a.m. PST

Thank You for all comments. Glad it may help a bit someone…

Early morning writer: thats why I wrote:

Secondly, safety again: the heated figures emit noxious fumes. Use the extract or work in the open air – I recommend a balcony, plot, garden, front of the garage.

I doubt if any mask could help. Aqualung probably. :)

DyeHard25 Sep 2015 11:54 a.m. PST

Other tools that might help in some of this type work are heated Xacto Knives (or discount version there of)



Wood burning sets with changeable tips:

And for finer work Surgical Cautery Pens:


Sgt Slag26 Sep 2015 8:41 p.m. PST

Try E6000 Glue: no heat, only fumes you will get, are from the solvent-based glue, as it hardens.

I recently purchased some cheap, Halloween plastic spiders at Michael's Craft Store, for use with fantasy games. I cut off two Elven female mage figures, from a Caesar's Fantasy Elves set of miniatures, to glue their upper torso's onto the spiders, to make Driders. I used E6000 glue to attach the two plastic pieces to each other (not the same types of plastic, as far as I can tell). The E6000 worked superbly. Now I am working on painting them for an upcoming game. Cheers!

Umpapa23 Oct 2015 2:34 a.m. PST

You're right – surgical cautery pens would be best.

Second part of tutorial, this time regular units: HaT Indian Colonials:


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