If I remember correctly, DM Scotty uses both high and low temp, depending on what he is trying to accomplish. I think for adding texture, he'll go with a low temp, but mostly for gluing things together, he'll be more apt to go high temp.
That's generally what I do, if I'm texturing, it's using the low temp setting, but for gluing together, that is when I'm using hot glue, I go high temp. I quite often use wood glue to glue things together, as it tends to have a little less water content than Elmer's.
I have a dual-temp gun, but I typically use the Low-temp setting, almost exclusively. What I've learned is that High Temp results in the glue remaining liquid for much longer, usually to my detriment. I have not found any real purpose in using the higher temperature setting yet.
I made a table-covering amount of textured, modular, foam cavern pieces out of pink insulation foam. I covered the surface with crumpled, brown paper sack strips, for texture (gives a chiseled look, to the "rock" surface). I started with High Temperature Hot Glue, but I quickly discovered that it melted the foam!!! I switched to Low Temperature, and everything worked out well. I made around 40-50 pieces, total. With the Low setting, no problems at all. I did, however, need to wear some pig-skin leather gloves to avoid burning my hands as I smoothed the paper strip onto the molten glue and foam, to secure it in place.
There may be a need for the higher temperature setting, but I have not found it to date, with the materials I am working with. If you find an application where it is a must, please share. Cheers!
I recently made the fort for the Stag Lord from the Pathfinder Kingmaker adventure path, need to take pictures of the final piece, but I found that the high temperature setting kept the glue liquid long enough for me to get the cardboard in place. I used strips of cardboard to make the outer palisade, similar to the cave walls that another crafter made, can't find his video, but he cut strips of double corrugated cardboard and then squished them along the corrugation to get them to bend. Then he ran hot glue along the bottom and mounted it to his cave floors.
I did something similar to make the palisade wall. I usually am only running at high temp for larger pieces so that the glue will stay liquid long enough for me to get that large piece in place.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT