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Daribuck Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2020 9:39 a.m. PST

Does anyone do this? Replacing broken swords, bows or light spears at this scale seems pointless, but I am wondering about replacing broken lances or pikes. I was thinking about using regular sewing pins. Anyone have any thoughts?

williamb07 Dec 2020 10:23 a.m. PST

One of the gamers in our club replaced all the pikes on his H&R ECW figures with pins.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2020 2:23 p.m. PST

You can buy small, thin pins and use them. I got some from the small sewing section at my local Kroger store of all places. They are 3/4" long (19.1 mm). I haven't used any yet but will shortly as I have broken lances to replace on some of my 15mm figures. But I haven't used them for smaller size figures as I have none in my collection.


Steamingdave207 Dec 2020 3:02 p.m. PST

I have used entomology pins for lances/pikes etc. They are very long thin pins, originally designed for pinning out insect specimens in museum cases.
Not had to replace swords in 10mm, but have done a lot in 15mm, using sewing pins, hammered flat and filed to size, leaving part at one end round to fit into the hole drilled in the figures hand. Hardest part is drilling the hand with a pin vice. Just bought some 15mm ECW cavalry (old Minifigs, I think) and several had lost swords, so they now have real sharp pointy swords. Pins have to be softer mild steel type, many of the modern ones seem to have a brittle nickel steel exterior layer which shatters when you hit it with a hammer..

SpuriousMilius07 Dec 2020 3:26 p.m. PST

I discovered Evergreen Scale Models Strip Styrene at my area's hobby & model train shops. It's long thin styrene strips & rods that come in several widths. For my Musketeers & Cardinal's Guards I removed the metal sword blades & used a pin vice drill to make a small hole where the blade was & replace it with a styrene blade of the same length using superglue. It gives me a flexible blade that won't skewer a finger. If a styrene blade breaks it's very easy to replace.

T Corret Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2020 4:10 p.m. PST

For safety and comfort, consider monofilament replacement for those very small scales. Fishing line comes in various colors, and a touch of silver at the tip and you are good to go.

Narratio08 Dec 2020 5:09 a.m. PST

Another variant on what T Corret proposes is to use the 'prongs' or teeth of small brushes, like those used for makeup, or mascara. Cheap hair brushes usually provide my pikes or spears.

Daribuck Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2020 6:05 p.m. PST

Awesome answers. Thanks everyone!

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