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Making a Sword

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Making a Sword

Postby Helegak3 » Thursday June 2nd, 2016 11:23pm

I have a question...
I have some figurines, Hero Quest and pewter, that are broken. How would I go about making/sculpting a sword? What material should I use? It would be nice if you don't tell me brand names, because I am in South Korea, so the brand you use probably isn't available here, but the base product is (ie. don't say "Frisbee" but "Flying Disc"). Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Making a Sword

Postby cynthialee » Friday June 3rd, 2016 12:17am

Get a pack of metal or plastic weapons and a tiny set of drills.
You use the drills to hand drill out the metal or plastic were the broken weapon was at so you can replace it with a new weapon in the hand. Get a pair of tiny needle nose jewelers pliers to open and close the hand around the new weapon after you put a tiny amount of glue in the hand or on the weapon handle.

Edit to add: Miniature metal and plastic are both soft enough to drill out using just your fingers. It takes a little longer with metal of course. Don't use an electric drill it will not give you the precision control you need for such delicate work.
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Re: Making a Sword

Postby Thantos » Friday June 3rd, 2016 4:27am

Have a set of weapons in store you can easily convert and chop, drill, file, since they are resin. Ye Olde Inn member 15% discount with code PASSTHEMEAD at checkout :D
http://zealotminiatures.com/zealot-shop ... ry=6272034
Work well on the HQ monsters, goblins, orcs, undead etc. But not very glamorous for the heroes. ;)
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Re: Making a Sword

Postby Big Bene » Friday June 3rd, 2016 5:05am

If you really want to make/sculpt it (as you wrote) by yourself, use a piece of steel wire or a needle as armature. Drill a hole in the fist like described by Cynthia, glue the armature into it and model the sword around it. It's not a very complicated or organic form, after all.
For the modelleing material, google Milliput or Green Stuff - you can then find a local brand of similar matreial yourself.
Have a look ;)


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Re: Making a Sword

Postby slev » Friday June 3rd, 2016 5:10am

If you are intent on sculpting, Green Stuff (Kneadite) is likley the stuff, using paperclips for armitures.

For a smaller fix, Thanto's kit s the way forward.

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Re: Making a Sword

Postby cornixt » Friday June 3rd, 2016 9:33am

I've made swords out of flat styrene sheets, just cut to the rough size (leaving enough extra to hold on to) and file down. Much more consistent shape than sculpting.


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Re: Making a Sword

Postby cynthialee » Friday June 3rd, 2016 10:48am

I have made lances and spears from paperclips.
So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
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Re: Making a Sword

Postby knightkrawler » Friday June 3rd, 2016 11:11am

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I'd try cornixt's way first and then go from there as the tasks come along.
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Re: Making a Sword

Postby Helegak3 » Thursday June 9th, 2016 11:51pm

If I Google Search Thanto's Kit, I get only the earlier post. What is Thanto's Kit, and why is it not on the Internet?
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Re: Making a Sword

Postby cynthialee » Friday June 10th, 2016 12:08am

Another search term to find mini weapons is "weapon sprue".
Or "Warhammer weapons".
So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
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