"BASHING" TECHNIQUES FOR FIGURE #1

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GENERAL:
This page will provide an example of "Figure Bashing", or making alterations to a resin figure.
Please refer to the "Figure Instructions" page for basic assembly and finishing information.

My figures are cast from white Polyurethane Resin.
This material can be cut with a razor saw, a hacksaw, a Dremel cut-off disk, or even flush-cutting pliers (like Xuron). Sandpaper or a file can be used to smooth or alter surfaces. When parts are to be joined, I recommend either "Super Glue" (Alpha Cyanoacrylate, ACC) or 5-Minute Epoxy glue for all assembly. Any gaps remaining can be filled with an epoxy putty such as Magic Sculpt, Epoxy Sculpt by Aves, or even generic "epoxy plumber's putty" from a hardware store.


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f1 mFirst, come up with an idea for the modifications, and the final pose. Iwanted the R hand reaching for a hoist chain, and the L hand holding a pad of paper. You can      find plenty of other examples on the internet. Once a pose is chosen, decide on what "surgery" will be necessary. In this example, I wanted Figure #1 to be reaching up with am arm, and grasping the chain on an overhead hoist. I decided to just alter the right arm, and tilt the head to be looking up. Then, I marked the location of the cut on the figure, in pencil.











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I drilled through the arm and into the shoulder, with a drill size that  would later provide a press-fit for a wire (I use green "floral wire", which is soft and easily shaped). Then, make the necessary cut(s). I used a razor saw, but other tools are described above. After the cut, I inserted a short piece of wire to locate the arm with the shoulder. At this point, I rounded and filled any places on the arm and body and restored their natural shapes.





a1  a2   At this point, I decided to make the arm slightly bent at the elbow. To do this, I used the "heat-bend" technique described in the general instructions. Remember, do not overheat the resin. You should be able to hold and bend   it in your bare hands while heating.







f1 pNext, I positioned the arm to match the pose I wanted. In this case, I also decided to slightly alter the angle at the shoulder. When the pose was set, I used a drop of "Super Glue" to hold the arm in place.









f1 hI wanted the hands to be posed a little differently than "stock", so I also subjected them  to the "heat-bend" technique. The changes are shown at the left. Unfortunately, I wasn't consistent in the photo, so the original "grasping" hand is at top-right, while the original "open" hand is at bottom-left. In any case, I think you can see the changes. Then, I cut the wrists too the proper length, and super-glued the hands to the arms.    

This is also the time to adjust the neck angle, and glue the head into position.

At this point, you can get the overall idea of how this modified figure will look. If there is anything you don't like about the figure, the parts, or the pose, now is the time to cut it apart and fix it.

f1 d1Finally, the last step is to fill all the gaps at the joints, and make the transitions between parts as smooth as possible. To do this, I use an epoxy putty (which appears brown in color in these photos. Pack it into all remaining spaces, and smooth all the surfaces, replacing any creases or variations which were originally present. To prevent your sculpting tools from sticking to the putty, just wet them slightly (or even lick them... yuk). After the putty has cured (follow package instructions for your brand), you can sand the surface to final shape, and prime the figure. Once primed, you may see defects in the figure, which you can fill, then prime again. Repeat until your happy, then get ready for the final painting.

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Here's the finished and painted "New" Figure #1 on the "Terranova" layout. I hope this page has encouraged you to try "BASHING" your own figures, whether mine or from any other source. These techniques will work with most resin or plastic figures on the market.


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For more information, or to discuss ideas or problems, email me at  cspirito41@gmail.com