The Summer Campaign Begins

June heralded summer and the first day of the month saw a good lot of figure spraying of my Carronade pile (see Post 23). Spraying figures is easy, it’s all the work done to prepare figures for spaying that is soul destroying. After I’ve had my greasy hands all over the figures, filing flat their bases, cutting off and smoothing any superfluous lumps, and checking mould lines with a craft knife, they are washed in detergent and dried. Only then are they ready for their undercoat.

Deflashman in the Great Game

I’m a reluctant (yet thorough) deflashman. Although I soon forget how long I spent completing a unit as soon as I start deflashing the next, I immediately remember. What a chore removing flash is! Perhaps one day figures will be manufactured by highfaluting 3D printers that don’t produce flash. I can’t wait. With 10mm Napoleonics, I like to pay close attention to bayonets. Flash or lumps on the end of bayonets that should otherwise be sharp and bristling make my toes curl and shout lazy deflashing to me. With the Pendraken figures, I had to pay close attention to the area around the back of the neck behind any rolled greatcoats. It’s hard enough painting on 10mm figures what is a spaghetti junction of collar, hair, head gear, epaulette, shoulder belt and overcoat without having to negotiate lines of flash.
deflashing v. the process of removing flash and mould lines from wargames figures deflasher n. a wargamer who deflashes wargames figures