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Subject: Rebasing: cutting off the AT-ST rss

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Thomas Büttner-Zimmermann
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Hello,

I'm currently in the process of rebasing my Imperial Assault miniatures.
Now I have the challenge to remove the AT-ST from its base.
Cutting around the feet was easy - but how have you removed the base directly under the feet? Any ideas?
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Why would you do that?
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Forsetius wrote:
Why would you do that?

I'm guessing to put a clear base on it...
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Thomas Büttner-Zimmermann
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Correct! Clear bases by Litko!
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Jon David
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a hot sharp blade, or you can grind it off
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My approach would be to take my clippers and just snip away at an angle, taking bites off. Then finish it off with sandpaper or file.
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I've been rebasing all my IA minis but have decided to leave the ATSTs on their bases and add environment effects.

However, I can give some advice from others that needed significant trimming such as the Ithorian and the Wampas.

Your options are either to whittle it back with a knife, or file/sand it down.

Personally I whittle with a knife to remove the bulk, then file/sand the last part. You want the right shaped blade. Something study and curved will make it easier to control. Your standard exact-o blade will be a recipe for personal disaster.

Just whittle back small layers, don't try to cut off the whole thing in one go.
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Yeah, my first attempt with an exact-o blade wasn't so great, but I could stop it before too much damage was done...

I have a new approach! Since the second foot is still intact, I will try to use some instant mold to copy the feet!
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BathTubNZ wrote:
Battle Damage!

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Nope!
I hate battle damage! ^^

I ordered already the Instant Mold and will report the results here!
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A Dremel took mine off. Could have used a stationary belt or disk sander to get the bottoms of the feet nice and flat... had to use green stuff to re-flatten the bottoms.
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I hope it is ok to post a link to FB?

I documented my new approach there.

https://www.facebook.com/tomsbemalstube/posts/49133632454065...

and update:

https://www.facebook.com/tomsbemalstube/posts/49155146785247...

This was my first attempt to work with instant mold.
 
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I'd say surprisingly little clean up needed, looks good.
 
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Yeah, I was surprised, too! This was the very first experiment with instant mold for me.
But finally I'm planning to create the foot directly attached to the legs!
 
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Molding will probably be the quickest option, but a universal approach I always use is to cut the base closely around feet with heavy-duty or modelling clippers, than cutting the base remenants off the feet with a scalpel finishing with sanding everything even with a diamond file.
 
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When you write "universal approach" - do you mean for the ATST, or the other miniatures?
 
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All PVC ('board game plastic') minis.
 
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I'm asking, because all the other Imperial Assault miniatures are no problem - but the ATST is a different kind of plastic, which is not cut off so easily... Made this mistake in the beginning...
 
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