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Mike Martin
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My grey components - minions and the mine - seem to be sticky. Has anyone else noticed this? I'm assuming it's the wash / varnish / finish. Will it dry?

A few years back I messed up painting a some other board game minis with matte varnish, and they are sticky to this day. I'm hoping this will not be the case with these.
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I'm sorry to hear that.
Just received my copy in the mail today. The minions are not currently sticky.
 
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Erik Webb
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Yeah mine are sticky too.
 
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Thanks for posting this. I was going to create a thread earlier but have waited to see if the issue resolved itself with time.

Yes, I noticed this as well. A number of minions in my game are quite sticky and leave a residue on your hands after handling. A serious issue for someone who keeps his games in pristine condition (no sticky food fingers allowed).

I left these components out and am hoping they will dry... but so far no improvement.

Anyone else?

Edit: any suggestions to resolve this on our own? Perhaps some crafty individuals can recommend a clear coat spray?
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I'm looking into this.
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I have several sticky minions as well. It seems especially sticky on the back of the figures that have the problem. Also from what I can tell it doesn't seem limited to a specific pose or tray.
 
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You could spray them with a dullcoat varnish like Testors dullcoat or similar, that would coat them and dries very nicely. It's what I use on all the miniatures I paint.

Still annoying that you need to do this as 100 mini's would be most of a can and that's $10 you probably didn't need to spend.
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Justin Allen
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Interesting, I didn't notice anything with the 5-10 minions I handled the other day.. I'll have to dig into my box tonight and double check that I don't have this problem.

EDIT: Can confirm, I also have sticky minions. Noticed it the most on the shield of a minion.
 
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Sticky minions here as well. Kinda bummed, all the hassle to get the game and it's sticky
 
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I noticed some sticky minions as well.
 
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Larnz wrote:
You could spray them with a dullcoat varnish like Testors dullcoat or similar, that would coat them and dries very nicely. It's what I use on all the miniatures I paint.

Still annoying that you need to do this as 100 mini's would be most of a can and that's $10 you probably didn't need to spend.


Thanks for the suggestion in regards to a spray coat.

Any idea if applying a little heat would do it? It could cause the wet wash to cure (if that's the problem). I'm thinking of blowdrying one. I'll report back if that works.
 
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I'm still waiting on my box (due Thursday) but maybe the people in this thread might want to include shipping date or order number or something so they can tell if its all from the same batch. Or if the productions batches can even be figured out.
 
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Bill Holmes
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Sticky here as well.....
 
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How sticky we talking here? I've handled many of the minions in my copy and haven't noticed anything unusual.
 
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Justin Allen
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How sticky we talking here? I've handled many of the minions in my copy and haven't noticed anything unusual.


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Frank La Terra
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Maybe people are getting over excited?


(I'll see myself out)
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SilverBirch wrote:
Larnz wrote:
You could spray them with a dullcoat varnish like Testors dullcoat or similar, that would coat them and dries very nicely. It's what I use on all the miniatures I paint.

Still annoying that you need to do this as 100 mini's would be most of a can and that's $10 you probably didn't need to spend.


Thanks for the suggestion in regards to a spray coat.

Any idea if applying a little heat would do it? It could cause the wet wash to cure (if that's the problem). I'm thinking of blowdrying one. I'll report back if that works.

As a warning, a spray coating on improperly cured paint can cause cloudy clear coating. It is a risk, I'd recommend trying it on one really bad one and letting it dry to see how it ends up. Coatings that were put on too thick or with a ton of humidity may never really full cure properly as well.
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I, too, have some sticky minions. Box #8,902. Noticed it almost immediately when I cracked everything open yesterday, but wasn't too worried about it because I figured it was the wash, and would become less sticky over time. Played the tutorial and first two missions today, and definitely still noticed it, but it didn't bother me much. Checking again now, some are definitely more sticky than others.
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Posted about this in another thread the other day, but for continuity, figured I would post here. I also have sticky minions. Box 6963. I have not had a chance to let them air out, but I plan to open them up and maybe put them in the garage for a few days? I live in Arizona so its still decently hot here (not crazy hot anymore), and there is not really humidity. Good idea or bad?
 
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My guess it's the solvent reacting to the plastic. Frex, with Reaper Bones miniature plastic, some spray primers will result in the miniature being tacky after painting. Try some Dullcote. You can get it at Michael's, with a 40% off coupon.

EDIT: Try Stephen's idea first!

If you don't mind unpainted miniatures, you can dunk the mini's in Super Clean, Simple Green, or 90% isopropyl alcohol. I prefer Super Clean to strip mini's, although you should wear gloves (and use chopsticks) when handling it. This should strip the mini's of the "wash" that's on the miniatures. (Most washes hobby painters use are water-based, so I don't know exactly what ink or whatever was used on these minions. For all we know, they could have used a different ink or whatever on some miniatures, resulting in sticky ones.)

See these threads about a wash directly on plastic:
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/169000/battlelore
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/372430/ink-washing-miniatur...

Tackiness and plastic miniatures:
http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=339525
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/840044/minis-still-tacky
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A bowl of warm water with a drop of dish soap, Place the minion in the bowl for 30 seconds. This may wake some of the wash off of it but it will take the "sticky" feeling away
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n3burgener wrote:
I, too, have some sticky minions. Box #8,902. Noticed it almost immediately when I cracked everything open yesterday, but wasn't too worried about it because I figured it was the wash, and would become less sticky over time. Played the tutorial and first two missions today, and definitely still noticed it, but it didn't bother me much. Checking again now, some are definitely more sticky than others.


Same here. Box #5104.
 
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Where do you see the box number? I see an order number, but not a box number.

Found it: 9149
 
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Sticky goo too. Can soap and water do the trick? I didn't have time to experiment yesterday.
 
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Soap and water didn't work for me. I've placed mine directly in front of a central heating register and will see if that works.
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