Saturday, December 11, 2010

Battle damage

Well OK, more of a dockyard accident:
When I was preparing for my Millennium Con game, one of the spaceships I had planned on using came off its base (a Carnivoran Lion-class battlecruiser, for those playing at home, but I was using it to proxy the human rebels' forces).  I tried to fix the battlecruiser and, long story short, I was tapping a nail into the underside of the ship with a hammer when I felt a *snap*.  I looked down, and the front of the vessel had totally broken off from the main body:
You can see where the original nail head was glued to the underside.
Which kind of makes me think: Isn't it a poor design for a warship to have such a narrow neck connecting the bridge/CiC/fire control/etc. to the engines, life support and most of the weapons?  An enemy gets in a lucky shot and your battlecruiser is now a battle and a cruiser ....
The battlecruiser in happier times.
So now I need to figure out how to fix my toy.  I know I can't just glue the pieces back together and expect it to hold; the cross-section where the miniature broke is very tiny.  I'm thinking about drilling holes in each part and sticking a pin in there to add strength, but I don't know if that will be enough.  I may have to add some pins/rods to the outside as bracing.  If I just add them to the underside, it won't be noticable, and I can get this ship back in action.  Anyone have any other suggestions?


A Paladin In Citadel said...

I think pinning's your only option, bummer on the dockyard damage!

Desert Scribe said...

Thanks. That's what everyone on The Miniatures Page and Starship Combat News is saying as well.

EastwoodDC said...

Pinning is definitely the way to go.
You might add some green stuff (Kneadatite) underneath for reinforcement, but that means scraping some paint off and repainting afterward.