I decided to start a project based on a piece my friend, Knarthex, gave me at the Finger Lakes Paint Day last Saturday.
It was a neat piece of white marble in the shape of a hexagon that was intended to be used for floor tiles. One side of the hex is glued to string webbing that would keep a sheet of them together and spaced correctly.
So, I put the smooth side down and cleaned the webbing away from the edges and contemplated the piece and what minis I have waiting for bases.
I chose the P-65 Heavy Metal version of Reaper Miniatures Young Swamp Dragon I’ve been saving since Reaper cleared out their lead in favor of the Bones material.
At this point I decided to apply little plastic squares as tile work using Elmers Craftbond Quick Dry Glue. I found the tiles in a packet at our local Salvation Army and decided they would work for just this sort of project. I left the alignment rough as I will rough em up and age them.
The web backing will keep the basing materials secured to the smooth marble.
|Just the body of the dragon sitting atop the glued tiles.|
While waiting for the glue to dry, I set upon the dragon’s integral base with my Xacto hand saw.
Once the glue was set, I sanded the tops of the tiles and then sanded the 6 edges of the tiles to clean up any overhangs or sharp points.
I manage to get the integral base removed. Sadly the hind leg didn’t much care for the effort and came free. I think there might have been a bubble inside that section of the dragon’s leg.
After some reconstructive surgery his hind leg is rebuilt. Once the Kneadatite Green Stuff completely cures I will add some more to sculpt the leg back to shape.
While the hind leg’s green stuff cures I brushed on a couple of primer coats with Reaper Brush-on Primer.
Stay tuned for more photos and work on this magnificent mini and it’s marble base.