You will need:

·       Something to clean up the model. I use a knife, those diamond files and some fine grade wet’n’dry sandpaper. If you’re too young to use a knife, you’re too young to put the model together full stop, so stop reading and give this magazine to whichever parent you regularly force into pandering to your modelling whims.

·       A bottle of either very strong superglue and some superglue accelerator spray, or even one of those scary epoxy resin glue things: if you use that stuff, you have to get it right the first time as nothing short of nuclear fission will separate the parts when that stuff sets…

·       A nice shiny new Netherlord kit (or whichever model you're putting together)

·       A drill of some kind. Some people only ever use the handheld ones, some people use those expensive Dremel-style modellers’ drills…I use a cordless drill that you’d put shelves up with. The advantage is that once you’ve finished modelling, you can build a display case for your finished  creations to go in…

·       Drill bits which are the same size as the wire you’re going to use to pin the model with. ( I sell these)

·       Wire which is the same size as the dri…well, you get the idea. (m I can sell you those)

·       Wire clippers. For clipping wire. No, really. (Hey! guess who sells a cracking pair of those…me! I only sell stuff I use myself, in fact)

·       Green stuff modelling putty (available from Heresy for cheap, cheap prices) or milliput or whatever, it doesn’t really matter. I’ll talk about greenstuff, you use your mental superpowers to swap the word for whatever putty you’ve got handy

·       Sculpting tool(s) of some sort.


OK, now that you’ve got that lot together, let’s get cracking on the assembly.

1)  First step is to clean up all the flash lines and any bits of crappy modelling that might have snuck in somewhere along the line.  Those things are the bane of all modelers and convertors as much as they are the bane of us casters and mould makers. (You hate cleaning stuff up? Try cleaning up 75 of the same single component for a production mould!) We’re aiming for smooth enough to be disguised by paint later. If you have one of those dremels you can use the sanding bits to go to town here. Stop whilst you can still feel something in your fingers and your lungs aren’t completely full of metal dust. (Wear a mask, kids!)