TECHNIQUES FOR FIGURE #1
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
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
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,
by Aves, or even
generic "epoxy plumber's putty" from a hardware store.
First, 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
Second, 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.
point, I decided to make the arm slightly bent at the elbow.
To do this, I used the "heat-bend" technique described in
instructions. Remember, do not overheat the resin.
You should be able to hold and bend it in
your bare hands while heating.
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.
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.
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
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.