Saturday, April 28, 2012

1/72 Giant Rats Construction

I purchased three Splintered Light Miniature's Rat Swarms.  A rat swarm comes in five pieces, a big swarm of rats and 4 single rats to customize the swarm or use how ever you see fit.  I decided to base these single rats individually so that I could use them as nuisance monsters with the rest of my 1/72 fantasy figures. 

I started by using # 10 washers and filling the empty spaces with pieces of plastic card.  Except for the smaller size washer, it is the same  same procedure I always use when basing with washers.

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The next step was to glue some cork to the washer with PVA/white glue.  I allowed the glue to dry  and then shape it into a hill with an razor blade knife.

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I then covered the cork with sanded latex grout(fancy caulk).  I simply smeared on enough to cover the mound and bring the caulk out to the edge of the washer.

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After the caulk had dried, I drilled a small hole in the mound.  The individual rats came with a spike or pin sticking strait down out of their undersides and their tails were designed to be poseable. I put super glue on the pin and the hole on the base.  I then forced the pin into the previously drilled hole.  I then held the figure in place and adjusted the tails to add some character.

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Here is a view of the rats from the other side so that you can see the posing of the tails from the other side.

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They are now ready to prime and paint.  I will be showing pictures of the completed swarm and individual rats in my next post.  Questions and comments are always welcome. Thanks for reading...

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  1. Thanks for the comment Lobo, as soon as I can take some pictures I will post what they look like with a coat of paint. I have a lot of nuisance monsters completed, and I need to post pictures of them. So keep your eyes open for giant bats and spiders to follow. I have also completed painting all of my Caesar Miniatures Undead so I should be get them posted as well.

    I have been using my spare time recently to paint, but I need to switch gears and spend it posting some of the fun stuff I have completed.


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