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Assembling a Warrior Bug from Starship Troopers

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brotherjason writes:

I found last night that after cleaning my MI trooper sprues they seems a little less shiny and slick. That said, I used Plastruct to glue them together with no problems. I haven't tried Tenex yet...

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Since I have the new Starship Troopers boxed game in hand, I thought it might be useful to show how the plastic Warrior Bugs are assembled - or at least, how I assembled them. (Your mileage may vary.)

The boxed set comes with parts for twenty bugs, and a small assembly diagram on the last page of the Quick Start Rules brochure.

The Warrior Bug sprue contains parts for two bugs

Each plastic sprue contains enough parts for two bugs - 2 upper bodies, 4 lower body halves, 2 upper and 2 lower mandibles, 2 right and 2 left claws, and 10 legs.

Enough parts for one Warrior Bug

(The astute among you have just realized that you get 2 extra legs per sprue. Extra points for you!)

Before I get into assembly, let me briefly touch on the question of painting. Let's assume you're going to paint the bugs in basic black, plus some colorful highlights. You could basecoat them on the sprues, before assembling them (they are easier to spray paint when flat on the sprues, compared to when assembled). Or you can build them, then basecoat and paint them. Either way works.

(I chose to paint after assembly, since I planned to do some work on seams.)

Don't pull the pieces off the sprue, as this may tear a chunk out of the pieces. You can cut them loose with a sharp knife, or a flush cutter or nippy cutter; then trim any excess plastic with a hobby knife and some patience.