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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2015 9:33 a.m. PST

I took down a tray of 15mm Cossacks to do some touch up. To my horror, they were swimming in a quarter inch of brownish water.
Only about 20 stands of Flames of War Cossacks….
I checked all the pipes around it, no leak.
I did use brown Testor's enamel for groundwork.
I have no idea where the water or liquid (Pepsi?) came from. No smell at all.

First thing I did was to wash them off under hot water. Naturally a few figures came loose.
My next worry was that there may be some, ahem, organic origin.
Knowing that it can't strip paint at all, I poured 91% isopropyl alcohol over them, since it's a cheap antiseptic.
So now, they are sitting in a tray, wet with rubbing alcohol.

Any suggestions?
I am thinking of one more ablution with alcohol, rinsing off, and setting to dry on an upside down tray to let the alcohol evaporate.
Naturally all the terraining ran off.
I'll probably have to pop them all off their stands and re-glue everything.

tberry7403 Inactive Member14 Oct 2015 9:58 a.m. PST

Where are you storing them that they would come in contact with "organic" fluids?

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2015 10:14 a.m. PST

Under pipes. Normal hot water, though. Pipes are bone dry though.
It's a mystery, but I still have to clean them.
Nothing else got any water in them.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Oct 2015 10:47 a.m. PST

Rats' Piss?

(The Beer of Champions!)


Personal logo vtsaogames Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2015 10:56 a.m. PST

Perhaps the HMS Incontinent sailed through?

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2015 11:15 a.m. PST

If there is a sink or counter over them maybe there was a spill and it seeped under the lip. If you are worried about bacteria or mold get a spray bottle and add some water with some bleach. Spritz them and it will kill ANYTHING that might be habitating on your Cossacks. 1 cup (240 mL) to 1 gallon of water is the proper ratio.

Sysiphus Inactive Member14 Oct 2015 11:19 a.m. PST

Do your pipes "sweat" in the summer? If they do, condensation might drip into the tray.

dBerczerk14 Oct 2015 11:21 a.m. PST

Sounds like them Cossacks got into the vodka again.

Terrement Inactive Member14 Oct 2015 12:08 p.m. PST


Timbo W14 Oct 2015 2:49 p.m. PST

Try tying rags or tissue around the pipes to see if they get wet at some unusual time, otherwise blame the cat….

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 Oct 2015 3:25 p.m. PST

Punch holes in the tray for the future? evil grin

rmaker14 Oct 2015 4:05 p.m. PST

Ogdenlulimus probably has the answer. I know how damp my basement gets in the summer, and having cold water running through pipes that are surrounded by warm, humid air definitely leads to condensation.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2015 6:44 p.m. PST

It could. That makes sense.
There's a few copper pipes running right over them. And it does get humid in my basement.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2015 5:02 a.m. PST

Punch holes in the tray for the future?

Great! Then it will leak to the drawer below! grin

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2015 1:01 p.m. PST

First thing I did was to rinse the whole base off in hot water. About 5% of the figures popped off the base.
I put them in one of those tray drawers and poured 91% rubbing alcohol over them.
Next day I again rinsed them off under hot water. Figure pop-off is now 15%.
They are almost all dry.
I am obviously going to have to pop everything off the bases and scrape goo and gunk off the bases before I glue the Cossacks back on them.

Heck. It's not as if I had other things going.

TamsinP16 Oct 2015 4:23 a.m. PST

OFM/Winston – you remember that time when Smokey visited and went missing for an hour or so after several tinnies? Well…

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