Friday, June 15, 2012

DIY Rig for Priming Minis

I'm not an expert mini painter, but I do enjoy it.

I like to primer my minis; plastic or metal, with white or black flat spray paint.  I can usually get it for about $1 a can at my local hardware store.

Anyway, I built this rig out of a 2"x2" piece of scrap, 4 wood screws, 4 washers, 4 finish nails and 4 small binder clips.

I think you can see how it's made.

You attach the binder clips to the 2x2 using the wood screws.  The washers are there to keep the binder clips from slipping off.  The nails keep the binder clips from rotating.

Here are a few pics.

The binder clip has a good grip on classic lead bases like you see above. or on the "slot" part of a more modern "slottabase" mini.  

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you *might* recognize these four fine adventurers as the group I rescued from the Wilds of Eee'bhay.

I will be painting them up as an homage to these fine characters --
Of course, for a couple of these, the gender is reversed...  
If I had to do it all over again, I'd move the clips to the center of the 2x2 so that I could have a handle on each end of the scrap wood.  Some day, I still might do just that.  

I went ahead and moved the clips to the center of the board.  I added one; I'm up to five clips now.  Perfect for this squad of old school beakie lead Space Marines!
These guys are so cool.  I especially like the one with melta gun and plasma pistol.  :)

1 comment:

Sean Robson said...

That's pretty ingenious, Jim! I usually use double-sided tape to stick figures to my priming stick, but but your screws and binder clips method is much more efficient and saves on buying tape all the time.