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Let me share with you.....

Post by phylo_roadking » Mon May 28, 2007 10:30 am

...a VERY useful tip, for those of us into lead/pewter/zinc etc. wargaming miniatures. Ever bought these secondhand, or wanted to redo a poxy paintjob? :wink: ...and as you know, paintstripper is good, but not brilliant, always leaves SOME behind in bloody awkward places.

Well, there IS a solution - quite literally! IF theyre painted in modelling enamels, as used to be the ONLY way to do it - in bygone years before the "awful" creation of acrylics.....

Cheap liquid ovencleaner in a handpump bottle!

Put the miniatures in a glass container - even a tumbler! - fill to the top with the liquid oven cleaner. Walk away. Come back 48 hours later and wash them clean in cold water.

And my god will they be clean!!!
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Post by sid guttridge » Mon May 28, 2007 2:34 pm

Hi Phylo,

Where were you with this information in 1976 when I bought a cheap but badly painted Minifigs Napoleonic Bavarian army and tried to strip it to repaint it as the entire Baden Army? There are still the bodies of eight infantry battalions, a guards battalion, a jaeger battalion, two regiments of light dragoons, a liebgarde squadron, heavy and horse artillery conpanies and and engineer company littering the attic like the aftermath of a paraticularly bloody segment of Borodino!

By the way, have you read "Achtung Schweinhund. A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat" by Harry Pearson? (Little, Brown, London, 2007). [£9.99]

It is the very funny memoirs of a devoted wargamer in his 50s. It is a must read for those of us overgrown boys nostalgic for the simple world of early 1970s wargaming, model making, etc.

Cheers,

Sid.

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Post by phylo_roadking » Mon May 28, 2007 2:44 pm

....in 1976 I was doing the bad painting! Hence the wondrousness of this tip now!!!

Looking at all those wonderful Minifigs' Alexander Nevsky figures under their paint and dust and thinking...."Kingdom of Heaven"!!! :D :D :D
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Post by Howard » Wed May 30, 2007 9:43 am

I agree Sid, Achtung Schweinhund is a little gem. All I have to do now is dog out some of the old Don Featherstone books to comlete the trip down memory lane :D
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Post by David W » Wed May 30, 2007 4:55 pm

Howard.

Don wrote some great books!

I remember one in particlar about Western Desert wargaming in WWII, at a 1 model = 1 tank scale. Very good.
He was a Veteran, I believe.
Thanks. Dave.

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