Working with Resin
June 2018 Update : Rust-Oleum Primer spray may not work well with our products. We have heard recently from several customers who have had issues with Rust-Olem brand primer sprays leaving a fuzzy surface texture on our resin models. We recommend with any primer spray that you shake the can well and spray in a well ventilated but indoor area (without wind or high humidity). We also recommend you test the primer first on a single model, or on some sprue bar/other components which are not needed.
Resin is the best material for making high quality miniatures, as it has excellent working properties and captures far more detail than plastic or metal models. For gamers who are unused to working with resin we have put together this short guide.
Please be extremely careful when working with resin with knives, saws, files etc Take extra care if you are unused to the material, as its physical properties are a little different from plastic/metal.
Breathing in small particles is potentially hazardous to your health, they can act as an irritant. If you sand or file Anvil Industry products, please work in a well ventilated area and wear a dust mask.
Anvil Industry products are cast in a high-quality resin which is durable and slightly flexible, however, it is not as strong as plastic/metal so take care to store your figures safely.
If you’ve not worked with resin before, we recommend you practice on a piece of sprue or unimportant/invisible bit of a part. Experiment with cutting into it, it's always best to shave off small amounts, don’t try and cut massive chunks.
Clean up and preparation
Our products are cast in a near- perfect vacuum and then cured under pressure, This means the components produced are 99% bubble free and of the highest quality, however, you will need to carefully remove the "gate" where the resin flows into the part.
The Split moulds used will sometimes leave a faint line on the component, which can be carefully scraped off using the edge of a craft knife. Flashing is a thin film of resin which has leaked, it can just be brushed off with your fingers or a toothbrush where it is still attached to the part.
The production process occasionally leaves a film of mould release on the parts, to ensure good paint adhesion, you can wash you components in soapy water (cold!) You can use hot water to soften the parts, allowing to you bend them slightly (for example, straightening swords).
We recommend you “test fit” assemble your miniatures with Blue-tac, as this allows you to decide on poses and check all parts fit well with each other prior to glueing anything. Certain combinations of "bits" parts with other miniatures may require some trimming or alteration to get a good fit.
Once you’ve test fitted everything, glue the resin parts with super glue. I recommend using a “2-5” second setting glue as this gives you a little time to ensure a perfect alignment.
As we do not use large quantities of mould release spray (which can cause trouble with other kits) our Miniatures and parts will usually take primer spray and paints with no problem at all. A good quality matt primer spray is recommend. If you purchase premium resin models, get a premium quality spray paint to get a good coverage with out obscuring the detail.
You can also hand undercoat with a brush or use an airbrush with good results, as Vallejo's "model air" range adheres excellently to resin.
We hope this guide has been useful - If you have any further questions about getting the most out of your miniatures please get in touch.