Or you can try JB Weld (check your local hardware stores, Wal-Mart, etc.). It is quite a strong epoxy, designed for gluing metal to metal; a former neighbor repaired a broken oil pan, on their SUV using it -- worked for quite a while, actually. I used it back in the 80's, on lead mini's, with decent (not perfect...) results. It is much more rigid than E6000 (which is like a firm rubber, in consistency). Cheers!
I would pin and use superglue. If you don't plan to use the mini for gaming, you could forgo the pinning, but I find it is a quick step that adds so much strength to the joint. I pin almost everything anymore.
Well, unless the miniatures you are working with are very old, you wont encounter any lead, at least not in the states. Frostgrave miniatures for instance would not contain any lead. If your dealing with the old Ral Partha, you "Might" be dealing with lead. Either way, if you use a pin vise, you won't create any dust, but there will be shavings, which is no more deadly than handling the miniature with your hands. Just an FYI.
Matt Mercer:"Wait a second your figure just pop off the base." Laura Bailey:"What my face just popped !" Matt Mercer:"No your miniature i meant, not your character." *Matts takes crazy glue and glue the mini on its base again.* Sam Riegel:"Wait do you have a crazy glue tube on your person at all time ?" Matt Mercer:"Like any good DM always do !"
then again this was plastic minis... since i dont really know my glues, i'll simply say... read the glue notices, it will say if it can glue to metal surfaces.
druid:"Do you need healing ?"
knight:"i still have half of my health, so im fine."
DM:"the boss, crits, max damage which does 20 damage !"
No idea about acid content of JB Weld, just know it is made for gluing metals together. Super Glue has incredible pull-straight-apart strength, but if you twist things (sheer), it will break quite easily. That is why I won't use it on mini's.
Pinning is fantastic, especially with a pin vise. Makes the strongest joint possible. Filings are minimal, and if captured and disposed of, pose no real threat, as said.
Otherwise, most two-part epoxies will work quite well. The JB Weld contains powdered steel, suspended in an epoxy, which strengthens it. I used it for some lead dragon wings joined to a lead body: the join broke after 20+ years, but no lead-rot, so I doubt it has any acid. Cheers!
If you are not going to hide the seams and are not Pinning then the E6000 is the best choice. This will also work if you pin, it just takes longer to dry.
If you are Going to pin and hide the gap, I would do it in this manner: 1 glue the pin in with supper glue or E6000 2 use green stuff to hide the seams. The green stuff will add more strength to the seam. You could use Milli-Put in place of the Green stuff but it is not as strong as the green stuff for acting as a glue.
I also agree about pinning a figure and using some kind of epoxy. If I'm gluing a mini to a base, I might just use superglue, but for any kind of assembly with a metal mini, I try to use an epoxy of some kind.
Super glue will adhere to the PLA. This is the quickest and easiest solution. Epoxy will work. This is a slower and more expensive option. PVA will also work.
As for lead rot... There is no lead in modern fantasy miniatures (post 1998 or thereabouts). Lead rot in actual lead miniatures is really rare. Don't believe people's stories about it, most of them are just making stuff up.
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