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Hi guys, I have most of the tools but I keep hearing people talking about new tools and how I need them when I get my first metal miniatures. So with that said here are the tools I currently have:

Superglue, files, hobby knife, paint, paintbrush, cutter, pva glue, primer (white and black) and i believe that about it.

Here are the tools I don't have:

Dremel, sand paper, pin vice, hobby drill and magnet, green stuff, putty, SAW, scupting tool, basing material.

Can you guys tell me what each of the above tools do and if you can tell me of any other tools I need.

Also what are people using in this video to make the base stick to the paint pot for easy painting?

Also what other material I can use to make the base stick to the paint pot and still be able to remove it? Also is stable enough where the base don't move.

With regard to basing material, what brand do I use and where can I buy them for cheap? Do I use real sand or fake sand (same with grass, etc...)?

One more thing I would like to ask, when you paint the miniature, do you paint it before you add in the weapon and other things, or do you glue each parts in place before you paint, if so how do you paint inside the same crevice?

Lastly does SIMPLE GREEN strip paint from plastic (snap-fit figure)?

Thanks guy

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The first two things to buy/get on that list I reckon are Basing materials (Grit stuff I'm guessing) and the Pin vice (little hand) drill as its a must for pinning metal minis.(1mm drill bit and a pack of metal paper clips for the pins.)

Dremel is great for grinding detail off minis, drilling etc.
PVA for sticking and sealing grit/sand.
Green Stuff (GS) for filling gaps and making smaller details. (No, it shouldn't pull the paint off really)
Hobby saw, cuts out the smallest amount of the mini in the cut notch.
Sand paper is a bit coarse and I suggest Emery paper/ Wet and Dry for fine work.

Static flock grass is the best option for grass.
Gravel/sand depends if you want to paint it or not.
Sand can lose texture when painted so gravel is better for paint.For cheap(cheep)gravel get bird grit for Budgies/Canaries.
GW do sell stuff that is passable if your skipping paint.

Sticking minis to paint pot tops is usually Blu-Tack (or some other removable poster sticker upper putty stuff.)

The paint assembled or pre assembly is a personal preference thing and you will have to try it and see which you prefer, for SMs I paint guns and backpacks before assembly.

Something I do suggest is some small G Clamps or some other device for holding things together whilst waiting for glue to dry, it just means you get your hand back to use for other things.

Hope thats of use.

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Yo. I base my minis in sand before priming them, that way the sand is glued in place with pva and paint. Then you could static grass it up if you so choose. As for hobby tools, I use a pair of nail clippers but would also recommend files. You'd need straight edged and curved - a good selection is best. I reckon I'll fork some cash over for that. For a pin vice drill - I'd recommend the army painter drill. I got it from this ebay shop and its ace.

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Dremel is good for cutting through metal and sanding off details.
fine grit sand paper is handy for filing off rough edges.
pin vice or hobby drill is useful for pinning metal pieces together or drilling out gun barrels
Green stuff is good for gap filing and depending on how talented you can create details with it.
basing material I just use real regular sand. It is free if you go to the corner of a parking lot you will find usually a nice pile of it that is perfect for basing.

Blu-tac is great for sticking things together temporary. In the video they are using millput which is a UK version clay or blue tac.

Painting is a personal choice that can be done either way. Some people paint on the sprue. I do partially assemble most of the model before I paint then add the arms and gun later.

Yes simple green does strip paint off plastic.

Good luck and post some pics as you get going.

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What do you mean by pinning metal mini? What is 1mm drill bit and a pack of metal paper clips for the pins? I don't get what does it do? I thought pin vice is for drilling? Why would you want to grind detail off? Green stuff is that the same as plasticard? Why would you need to fill in gaps and making smaller details? How do you make small details with green stuff. What do you mean by "cuts out the smallest amount of mini in the cut notch"? How does Sand paper and Emery paper be used, and for what purpose?
G Clamps I'll look into that.

I'm a beginner so while I think most people understand what you mean by these terms, I'm still confuse. If you can explain it to me in a way like let say your young nephew or someone that has no clue what are all these things do, then I would understand. As i'm confuse why you need to pin metal, etc...

I been trying to find link on youtube and other places but I can't seem to find any, as they all seem to be talking in the more general term and not be as specific as possible. Do you have any links that could help me?


Do you have any links as well, i'm still lost by all these terms.

Oh lastly I bought some cheap Coat D'Arms paint and unlike GW and other paints, these one is super water, that I can't even paint it without it being very watery. Is there anyway I can fix it? I'm probably going to have to throw them out, and should have just stick with GW paints as a beginner. Trying to save a few bucks and now have to end up wasting more money. The curse of the avid painter.

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Some people use Vallejo paints but since you're a beginner I would just say get a gw box set of paints. I think they come with 9 paints and maybe even minis (haven't bought one in ages). You also get a brush. I'd maybe invest in a drybrush too.
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