Tips For Minor Mods With Plastic? - Wargaming Forum and Wargamer Forums
Modelling and Painting Discuss or display anything and everything regarding Terrain, Modelling and Painting here.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-19, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Future_Wizzard's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 11
Reputation: 1
Default Tips For Minor Mods With Plastic?

Hi guys, I'm planning on taking the blades (bayonett?) off my Necron Warriors Gauss Flayers.

It's mostly an aesthetic thing (plus to me having a blade on a gun doesn't seem very futuristic)

What I'd like to know is, what's the best way to go about getting a smooth finish to make it seemless as if the thing was never there? I want to get rid of the blade and the circular part smoothed down so that's gone too.

Am I better using a file or sandpaper? I've seen people mention both for bigger stuff but this is so small that I'm not sure which is best or if theres a better way.



"You better take care of me, Lord, 'cause if you don't you'll have me on your hands!"
Future_Wizzard is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-19, 10:53 PM
Senior Member
Shandathe's Avatar
Shandathe's Flag is: Netherlands
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,520
Reputation: 14

For the quick version, you can probably just use the very same tools you need to get the miniature parts from the sprue. Clip the blade off and then fix the details with a good knife. If you want sandpaper or a file, you're going to need particularly fine and seriously fine-grained tools - In this case, I'd recommed a file because you're aiming for flat surfaces.

Ask not the Eldar a question, for they will give you three answers; all of which are true and horrifying to know.
Shandathe is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-19, 01:54 PM
Dazed and confused.
Khorne's Fist's Avatar
Khorne's Fist's Flag is: Ireland
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 8,496
Reputation: 105

A really good sharp hobby knife is the best way to get a smooth finish (and dissected finger tip if you're not careful). File or sand paper can leave a textured finish. Clip it off as close as possible to the body of the weapon, then shave down where the join was.

I know good quality hobby tools can be damn expensive if you buy from the likes of GW, but very good alternatives are available at a hardware store for a fraction of the price. They are well worth the investment, and will last you years.
Khorne's Fist is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-31-19, 11:27 AM
Manu Miniatures's Avatar
Manu Miniatures's Flag is: Poland
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Poland
Posts: 33
Reputation: 2

For removing some parts of plastic model hobby knife/ scalpel should be sufficient. For extra smooth surface I sometimes use steel wool with fine gradient. Cheap and easy to use, only drawback is that steel particles will be everywhere.
Manu Miniatures is offline  

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Wargaming Forum and Wargamer Forums > Hobby > Modelling and Painting

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Wargaming Forum and Wargamer Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome