May 14

Stripping Paint off of Metal Miniatures

Modeling Tips,Mordheim Models
Author: Ashton Sanders

When the game of Mordheim first came out, my friends and I really wanted to play the game, and really didn’t want to paint the miniatures. So as you can imagine, I have a nice collection of horribly painted miniatures. Probably the worst part about my old miniatures’ paint jobs is how thick the paint was ladled on. The paint was so thick in some places you couldn’t see the details of the miniature/model.

So I decided to strip the paint off of these miniatures. I’m going to start with my metal minis:

Paint on Metal models and metal miniatures

In this picture you can see 6 squigs, one metal Orc arm/sword, hand and “standard”(banner?). None of these models had any shading, just color-in-the-lines type of painting. The squigs were painted two colors: Red and white. Just enough to get them in the game.

So begins the removal of the paint:

Paint RemoverI got a tip from Admin Tom (or maybe DeafNala… I can’t find the thread=( ) to use Nail Polish Remover to strip the paint, so here is me trying nail polish remover.

I borrowed a bottle of purple (awful-smelling) liquid, my wife said was nail polish remover (right), and filled a small bowl with it. I dropped in a squig, and let it sit for an hour or two. I then gave it a good scrubbing with a toothbrush, and finally took a razor blade, and scrapped out the rest of the paint still stuck in the crevices. Be careful with the razor blade as it can cut up the model/miniature. Tom from Tom’s Boring Mordheim Blog mentioned that he used a pin to clean out some of the crevices (when he removed paint from a plastic miniature).

Here’s a picture of just this one squig as it progressed through the day (click to enlarge):

Removing Paint from the Miniature

You can see in this picture just how much paint was in the crevices between the teeth. I wasn’t able to remove it all, but I tried. It was quite a process, and it took just about all day (5 minutes at a time) to remove the paint from all of the metal miniatures I had at hand.

Summary, this process works well… but I really hope there is a better way, because this took a lot of elbow grease to remove all the paint.

Side Note: Not recommended for people with sensitive noses: at the end of the day, I had a screaming headache from the smell.

-Ashton Sanders

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Tags: metal miniature, Mordheim, removing Paint, stripping paint,

5 Comments so far

  1. Smyth May 14th, 2008 10:36 pm

    If you can get your hands on SimpleGreen, that works well without such a stink. Pine Sol, also pretty good, but you need to soak it longer, if I recall.

  2. Ashton Sanders May 14th, 2008 10:48 pm

    Thanks for the tip.

    Do you know if Simple Green (or Pine sol) works on Plastic Models too?

    -Ashton Sanders

  3. Mordheim » Painting Squigs May 15th, 2008 8:59 am

    […] that I’ve removed the paint from my metal Squig yesterday, he needed some new paint today. Since I am going with an orange theme for my Mordheim […]

  4. Skrubby May 18th, 2008 10:21 am

    For both plastic and metal mini’s I’ve been using a product called Super Clean (http://www.superclean.com/index.php). I pick it up from the auto store (Auto Zone, Advanced Auto, etc). Generally I soak for at least 1 hour, but generally I go with 3 to 6 hours then take a med to firm bristled toothbrush to them. This stuff doesn’t have a horrendous smell, the bottle says its biodegradable and it doesn’t melt plastics.

  5. Ashton Sanders May 18th, 2008 11:48 am

    Great. Thanks for the tip. I’ll have to get me a bottle of that, too.

    -Ashton Sanders

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