For most hobbyists out there pinning is a fairly common practice. Wether it’s about strengthening weak joints or adding a connection between flat surfaces pinning is a must-know when dealing with metal or resin figures. This is a basic tutorial which aims to help beginners who are new to assembling and/or pinning.
Some weeks ago I got a box of the out of print pestigors for the beastmen army and since I’m always taking on new projects that can feed my creativity I figured they would be perfect for a side project next to my other fantasy armies. Chosing Nurgle as theme for the herd (even though it doesn’t bring any in game effects) allows for some great ideas for converting. I also wanted to try the laser cut bases provided by sarissa precision, which goes with the movement trays I use, and since Thomas had a couple lying around from his O&G army he was kind enough to trade me some. The major advantage of the MDF bases is that they have flat rather than angled edges which in turn results in a larger base area.
To firmly attach the pestigors to their new bases I therefore had to remove the metal bar which is meant to slot the tin model into the GW bases. This was done by simply using a hobby clipper and some filing to get a flat surface between hooves and base. Now that the models had been prepared it was time to get drilling. I use the hobby drill from Galeforce9 which comes with two different drill bits and matching brass pins, although you could use an electronic drill to speed up the process I kind of like the control you get with a hand drill. After drilling about 3mm into the model simply glue the brass rod in place and clip it off so that there’s about 2mm sticking out from underneath the models feet.
At this stage I also noticed that some of the weapons had broken during shipment – but fear not, pinning is the ideal way of fixing these types of damage!
Choose a drill bit that is thin enough and drill a hole about 3-4mm deep into the head of the weapon, then mark a spot on the hands where the pin should connect and drill another hole. Finally glue a brass rod in place, clip it off and attach it to the weapon with a little bit of glue. Make sure not to use to much glue as the pin itself will press any excess down the sides of the hands which in worst case could leave a messy mark of our little surgery.
Finally I marked the points on the bases where the pins from underneath the hooves would connect and drilled all of bases at once. Then I covered the pins in glue and stuck the models to their new bases. And voila! The herd now has nice looking bases which thanks to the brass pins won’t break.