Assembling Your Relic Knights
The fantastic models of the Relic Knights range are detailed and very dynamic. As a result, many of the models come in multiple parts that require assembly. While cleaning and preparing your models is not difficult, it can be a little daunting for those new to working with miniatures.
This article will guide you through the basics, and give you a few additional tips to make assembling your Relic Knights models that much easier.
Starting with a plan
When you first open your box of Relic Knights, you’ll find one or two plastic baggies full of grey parts. With a little bit of effort, these parts will soon be finished models, ready for painting! In this example we’ve used Calico Kate, a Relic Knight from the Star Nebula Corsairs faction.
After opening the bags, we find it’s a good idea to pull out all the parts and arrange them on a clean and clear surface. This helps you to get an idea of how the parts will go together, and to see if you might be missing a part here or there (an unlikely scenario that the Soda Pop team will be only too happy to rectify).
Once you have everything laid out, the next step is to trim off any of the “vents” and “flash/mold lines” left by the casting process. The vents are the cylinders of resin you will occasionally find attached to the larger parts of the models. Clip them away with a pair of modeling clippers.
The flash and mold lines are an inevitable parts of any casting process. Very carefully use a modeling knife to trim away the extra material that is not part of the model by either slicing through the flash, or scraping off the mold lines as shown here. Before you cut or slice, make sure you aren’t cutting off an important tab or slicing off any details.
Note: As with all sharp tools, please use the utmost care when working with them, and make sure there’s someone else around you can call for help should something go wrong.
Paying attention and taking it easy
One of the very cool things about Relic Knights models is that their parts all have unique tabs and slots. This means that you might have three staffs in a pack of Doctrine Novitiates to go with three bodies, but only one particular staff will fit into the shoulder slot of one particular body.
Don’t race into the collection of pieces and start gluing them on in a random fashion. Take the time to check which parts fit where first, and then glue them together.
In our example photos here, you can see that we started by gluing the legs to their bases first. Next, we glued the torsos to the legs, and then the arms to the torsos.
Something very exciting about the Relic Knights range is the growing selection of models with alternate poses. It was great fun finding out that Calico Kate and her Relic could be posed in two different configurations!
Plugging the gaps
Although the vast bulk of Relic Knights models glue together seamlessly, there will be rare exceptions where a small gap is visible after you’ve assembled the pieces. This is usually due to minor shrinkage or warping during the casting process. If you get some gaps, such as those shown on Ekhis here, you can simply fill them with a little modeling putty (in this case we used “greenstuff”). After smoothing it out and letting it dry, you will be set to paint the model.
Straightening out the kinks
Another thing that can happen during the casting process is that some thin pieces (like staffs or swords) might come out bent. As you can see in these photos, the staffs for our Doctrine Academy Guard were curved. To straighten them, we got a mug of hot water and then dunked the staff into it, letting it sit for about 30 seconds until the part was pliable. (Note: hot tap water is usually all you need. Hotter water will take less time—but be careful!) We then removed the staff and straightened it out. After letting the part cool back to room temperature, it was straight and ready to be glued onto the Academy Guard.
There you have it! Hopefully, this guide has been helpful whether you are a novice modeler or not. Taking the time to sort out the parts, trimming off the elements remaining from the casting process, and assembling your models in the right order will lead to better-looking models and an overall more impressive Relic Knights cadre!