So, you want to attach your miniatures to resin bases eh? Easy enough if the miniature has big feet or is made of plastic. Just cut the tab off, file flat and attach with superglue. But what if the miniature is made of metal and has tiny feet… or no feet? The best answer is to strengthen the bond by pinning the miniature to the base.
In this article we’re going to show you how to pin a metal miniature to a resin base. There may be other ways of doing this but this is the way we do it.
If you are not used to using the tools, please ask someone who is for assistance or tuition. Even if you are… be careful, knives and small drills can hurt clumsy fingers. Don’t come crying to us if you have a drill bit through your finger… go to the hospital!
Warning!: Some dodgy close-up photos in this article.
You will need:
- A miniature – obviously. We used a Sorrow from Wyrd Miniatures’ Malifaux range.
- A resin base – again, without this the article would make very little sense. We’re using a 30mm Wood Plank Base.
- Pin – Paper clips make great pinning material but any thin metal rod will do.
- Clippers – Get a good side-cutters. These allow you to cut the base tab off easily.
- Pin Vice – A small hand held drill.
- Drill Bit – 0.8mm is the right size for most standard paper clips. If you’re using a different pin, get a corresponding drill bit.
- Craft Knife – One with a nice sharp point is best.
- Needle File – A file with a flat side for… well, filing.
- Paint – Any bold colour.
- Superglue – We like Zap-a-Gap but any good branded superglue will do nicely.
Pinning Your Miniature to the Resin Base
Cut off the tab
Grab your clippers and clip off the miniature’s base tab. File the bottom of the feet (or contact point if it’s not the feet) flat using the needle file.
Drill a hole
Using your craft knife, mark a point where you want to drill. Twist the knife point gently into the material a few times. This will stop your drill from slipping.
Now grab your pin vice and drill bit and drill the hole out to a depth of about 4-5mm. The deeper the better. Be careful not to drill in a spot where the drill will go right through the miniature such as the ends of feet. Avoid pushing too hard with the drill or you will snap the drill bit.
If (unlike ours) your miniature has two feet, you may like to drill out both for added strength.
Add a pin
Bend your paper clip straight and glue it into the hole you’ve drilled. Make sure to test fit the pin before gluing to make sure it fits.
Now, using your clippers, cut off the paperclip so that 4-5mm of pin is left protruding from the miniature.
Again, if your model has two feet, repeat this for the other foot.
Marking the base
Sometimes it may not be easy to eyeball where the pin needs to go into the base. If this is the case, here’s a method for assisting with where to drill your hole.
Place a drop of your chosen paint on a palette and dip the end of the pin into it.
Now simply line up where you want the miniature to go on the base and make a little mark using the painted pin. This will show you where to drill your hole.
Drill the base
Using your craft knife to start the hole, followed by your pin vice, drill a hole in the base on the marked spot. The resin is pretty easy to drill so don’t go too fast. Drill 4-5mm deep.
All that is left to do now is to glue the miniature to the base. Don’t forget to test fit first in case the pin is slightly too long.
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