Ready for a Cool Tool I think you should have on your hobby desk? Expecting something big and fancy? How about something simple like sticky tack! Yup, I want to highlight the different ways you can use it for your hobby.
OK, while not the coolest thing on my desk at the moment, I have found that sticky tack (silly putty, Blu-Tack, poster putty, etc., ) is a must have. Below I listed a few tricks that I use or have seen other hobbyists use.
Holding minis while painting
The most common way I use sticky tack is to create a handle while I paint the miniature. This not only makes it easier to hold the model while painti but also prevents me from rubbing off layers of paint with sweaty hands.
I found that corks from whiskey bottles make great handles and a big blog of sticky tack holds the miniature in place. One of the benefits (as compared to glue) is that it works on odd surfaces like the banner here.
Holding Still While Priming
Ever go to prime a mini, only to have the spray can send them flying away? Add some sticky tack to hold them to a piece of wood or spray stick. Not only will this hold them in place against the spray, but you can also tip the stick around to get the odd angles.
Sticky Putty Mask For Airbrushing
While not my area of expertise, I did find two tutorials here on using sticky tack for airbrush work. The idea is that the putty is sticky enough to hold to the miniature, but not so much it will tear the paint. It is also pliable so you can shape it around details and textures.
Cameron used multiple layers of sticky tack for the camo pattern on this tank. By spraying the whole model with the first color, stripes of sticky tack hide it during subsequent sprays. Adding additional layers of sticky tack allow for additional layers of paint.
Masking Glue Joints with Sticky Putty
Another masking trick for sticky tack is to cover bare plastic while painting the miniature.
This tip came from Dave Mary during last year’s Dreatober event. He uses sticky tack to cover the glue joints when painting a miniature in parts. This way plastic glue will hold everything together nicely when he has finished painting.
Mocking up Kitbashes
When kitbashing, it can be difficult to see what the end model may look like with the various bits gathered.
So use a bit of sticky tack to hold each bit in place. It won’t fit perfectly and will droop as you fiddle with the mini, but it can give a good sense of scale and balance.
Propping Joints While Gluing
Plastic glue is great for creating a strong bond between parts, but it can also take a while to cure. If you have every held parts together, waiting for the glue to dry, only to have them fall back apart, you know the pain.
But add a bit of sticky tack, either over the parts or as a prop holding them up, can give you the extra support it needs.
Still doubt the power of sticky tack? Perhaps you should pick up a pack next time you are out. It’s only a few bucks (this one is $3 on Amazon) and goes a long ways.
Have more tricks with sticky tack aka silly putty? Leave them in the comments below so we can all learn a few more uses for this magic substance.