My Finecast Explorations and hints to work with




Hello out there!

A few weeks ago, i accepted an new paintjob. It was all the same like every paintjob, with one difference: It should be my first Finecast (hereinafter referred FC). Especially in the last weeks, there were al lot of previews and critical articels about it. It was not easy to have an objective opinion to FC, but usally i try to test the "problem" by myself. Only after this, i speak evil or good about the named stuff :) With this paintjob i has done, i will take the chance to share my experience with you.


At first i would like to show you the object of desire. We talk about the GREY KNIGHT CASTELLAN CROWE. I tought one of the advantages of FC is, that we have the chance to check the quality of the mini if you buy it in a GW shop. We have three shops here in Berlin, and so i drove to one of them and grasped the oppurtunity to buy the best mini with the finest casting. What a pun^^ And for your information: The client pays the miniature ;)
And here he is:


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After unpacking the Kastellan, my firts impression was not bad. There were no deformations or holes in the cast i or something else what you can read in all the horrorstories about finecast in the past days AND you get one colored illustration for the mini. I think this justify the ominuos price increases in the last moth ;)
But one think makes me suspicios after unpacking. All the countless connections to the castframe. It seems like a lot of work!


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It looked like a lot of work, but they was easy to remove. The hardest part was, to remove the big parts under the feeds. It required a lot of power to cut them off.


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In these days there are a lot of different views about the detail quality. On first look, this one cames with a high level of cast. There was only two small airbubbles on the surface at the left leg. No big problem. A good example for the high level are the purity seals. They have an amazing cast quality. Sometimes I´m working with metal minis, there are the seal indifineable. But in this case, it looks more like a high quality Forge World product. The other parts of the mini looks also good. There were small molding lines, but it was easy to remove them. At this time is was really convinced about the FC mini.


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At this time .... but then i take a look to the ohter parts.There we have the backpack with the banner and the Bolter with blade arm. I would like to save my spellings, take a look to the following pictures and make your own impressions:


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The Bolter with the blade should be repairable, but the backpack looks very evil! For the next tools, i needed these tools :


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With the "Plasto" from Revell is for filling small gaps or airbubbles in the surface by the model.
It gets dry very fast, and after that it´s possible to grind it down. I used this and a small piece of Greenstuff to repair the arm with the Bolter.


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My next job was the restoration of the catastrophic cast by the back-pack. First i attemped to rebuilt it with Greenstuff. After some failed samplings, i chose to cut off the misscasted parts, and replaced it with some new from an other packback. (The Pack on the picture isn´t the final product)


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After all i cleaned all parts with an old toothbrush. For this i mixed water with a drop detergent.




MY FINECAST CONCLUSION:
Always there are new things, i try to doesn´t judge about it before i can check out it by myself. Additionally i´m an optimist. At the startup of the Finecast products there was a lot of critcal statments and it was not easy, to do it my way.
One good thing what i can say about FC is the high level of details on the model and the (almost) easy handling with the material. But one thing makes me very angry: You pay money for a product (sometimes it is a lot of money!) what is "damaged". To repair this you need a lot of knowledge an skills. A lot of kids buy the GW stuff and doesn´t have these. Ok, you can say: "Go back to the shop and exchange the product!", but i can´t get rid of the feeling that this one doesn´t change the problems. You now what i mean ;)

I´m not generally against Finecast. Furthermore i have the feeling, that the "Finecastresin" feels very well. It is good subsoil for painting the model. Sounds wired, but i doesn´t have that feeling by plastic models ;) There is a lot of space with the high level of details and the cast of the Minis. But i think before you launch a new product, a big company like GW have to ensure that they product have to be clean and accurate.

But the Castelan has been finished for while. Finecast or not Finecast, it is a funtastic model, and i was little bit sad at the moment where i gave him to the client.
You can watch the finished model at www.coolminiornot.com. Feel free to vote there and let us know about your finecast experiences :)

1 comment:

  1. This for the most part sums up my thoughts on finecast as well: The details are crisp, the material feels nice to the touch and is easy to assemble (you don't have to pin, like you used to do with metal models; at least not to the same extent). But the finecast "technology" is to this day not perfected; airbubbles occur, and unless you're handy with greenstuff or have some spare plastic parts you can glue on, the miniature will be flawed, which is unacceptable when a large proportion of GWs customers are kids or people who are inexperienced to the whole sculpting-thing.
    Rather than replacing the cumbersome metal minis with something that is easier to handle, GW has created a product which actually requires more skill and expertise.

    But the end result turned out great, I bet your client was happy with it!

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