Worlds from Waste - Flight Stands

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:56:54 Europe/London

CREATING THE PERFECT (HEROCLIX) WORLD

Hi, my name is EViL ED and I am going attempt to bring you my philosophy of the perfect Heroclix world. This regular column will deal with all the things you need to know about achieving the atmosphere of a great game. Over the coming months I will show you modding, customisation and 3d map building that is achievable by everyone and on a small budget. It is important to me to make the most of things we all already have around us thus freeing up all that spare cash for the important things like Heroclix.

Today’s lesson is:

FLIGHT STAND CUSTOMISATION

flight-stands

If you are like me and you like things to look right then here is what you will need to join the revolution.

1x Sharp knife (please always be careful with knives… no running!)

1x Good quality plastic glue

1x Fine grade sandpaper

1x Power drill with a small drill bit around 5mm (This is an optional item however it will give the final item a lifelong durability.)

+ A selection of old or duplicate Heroclix or other miscellaneous gaming models.

 


With aesthetics in mind and the retirement of all those hundreds of clix out there with ugly and busted flight stands, it is time to bring those old and dusty favourites up to date. So I’m going to start by picking a figure that I am looking to play quite soon, still a very playable piece and yet to be remade. I have chosen Zauriel from the Justice League set. Once you have chosen your outdated flyer its time to have a rummage through your old and unwanted Heroclix and miniatures in search of some terrain. You can see from some of my other pictures that there are some great bits out there to use. For this sculpt I have chosen the furnace object from the Freddy vs Jason Horrorclix set.

zauriel

These are incredibly straight forward modifications that anybody can do that not only hide those ugly flight stands but will get lots of compliments and jealous eyes at your venue. So to start you need to remove Zauriel from his flight stand. Next can be the trickiest part of this mod, you need to remove the plastic flight base from the base itself. Occasionally this will come away easy with a hard tug, however a good sharp Stanley knife will prise it away gently with less chance of damage. Once this is removed we just need to clean up the area of the base with a tiny bit of fine sand paper being extra careful not to scratch the information on the dial or any of the plastic that will show when complete. Once you have completed this turn your attention to the scenery.


completed-stand

For this mod I have decided to attach Zauriel to the side of the furnace for added effect and extra strength. Wizkids have been extra kind in giving all of these flying characters a little peg on the base of their feet which we will use to give strength to the final design. So after marking with a pen where his feet need to attach, it’s time to drill a small hole in the side of the furnace at roughly the correct angle. If you are not confident with power tools I recommend clamping the scenery in a small vice before attempting this. If you do not have access to a drill you can remove the peg and attach the figure with glue alone, however this is not recommended as the figure will definitely break when moving about in a box with other Heroclix.

Once you are happy with the hole it is time to attach the scenery to the base. Most model shops and art supplies will sell good quality modelling glue for use with plastic models. I would recommend using your sandpaper again on the base of the scenery to ensure a solid grip. When happy apply the glue as instructed on the pot and you can assembly it all as shown.

You are now ready to bewilder and destroy your enemies on the battlefield in style.
Here are a few other pieces that I have done using the same method.

other-stands


Feel free to ask me any questions and I would love to see some pictures if you attempt this yourselves. I hope you found this interesting and join me next time as I attempt to recreate a great famous map in three dimensions!




EViL ED has been collecting and playing Heroclix since the time when energy explosion and enhancement were a brutal mix and carried characters could be dropped from the skies to destroy the enemy all in one turn. He is also one half of the geek art team EVIL ROBOT DESIGNS. www.evilrobotdesigns.com

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Blue Rat Games

posted on Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:07:38 Europe/London
Hi Matthew, currently we don't have the capability to add images in the comment sections and this is not something that we are planning to implement. Not sure what the best way to display these type of images but at the moment I am happy to post it on the facebook page. Maybe if enough people send in images of their own work I could publish these in a separate blog post?

Matthew Hardy

posted on Sunday, 21 April 2013 22:49:28 Europe/London
I followed your instructions and made a flight stand for my Frightful Four team Wizard. It's a little weird but it was fun to do. Is there a way I can post a picture?

Stew Henderson

posted on Sunday, 14 April 2013 17:27:18 Europe/London
No probs. just got the last section to finish off. I love posts like this. Looking forward to the next installment.

EViL ED

posted on Thursday, 11 April 2013 09:51:29 Europe/London
Hi Stew. .. Glad you liked my article. The way you have built your 3D map follows all my values in making the game more exciting without rinsing the pocket! My next article will be following along the lines of what you have created for yourself as I attempt to recreate a much loved Heroclix map. I will be using things we all have lying around as well as cheap and interesting ways to create highly detailed scenery without loosing the main elements and markings of a traditional 2D map. Keep an eye out for it. I would love to see some pictures of your map when you have finished.

Stew Henderson

posted on Thursday, 11 April 2013 08:50:10 Europe/London
Nice job. Modding looks like a good way to fix some of the damaged pieces we have. Thanks.

My kids and I recently started to collect and play heroclix. We got a bit bored with the 2D maps and have started to try making a 3D map. The main rule we had was to keep the wife happy by making as much as possible out of items lying around the house.

We found several free papercraft models online that work with figures. We used things such as a large off cut of MDF as a base, polystyrene sheets from packaging and papermache using the yellow pages. We also used a lot of PVA glue to help create a river. Lots of scenery tips can be found on railway or wargaming sites.

EViL ED

posted on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:01:24 Europe/London
You should definatly have a go Elliott, its incredibly rewarding! Make sure you let me know how you get on.

elliott weights

posted on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 21:46:50 Europe/London
a really well written article. one of the reasons i got into Heroclix was the fact i didn't have to put pieces together. however if my shaky hands will let me i will try and have a go. time to dig out those old figures!

EViL ED

posted on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 19:37:50 Europe/London
Thank you for the comments.
Paul, I look forward to seeing the images when you have had a go.
Vicente, you may have read my thoughts on a previous article regarding those horrid little plastic sticks! I shall definatly be upgrading mine... mainly due to them already being broken!
Lastly Matthew I feel although your wife's dresser may look amazing it may make playing the figure a little bit trickier than usual!

Matthew Hardy

posted on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 19:25:11 Europe/London
Really useful stuff. Nicely explained.

(also what I will use as my defence the next time I accidently superglue Clix to my wife's dresser)

Vicente De los Santos

posted on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 18:15:56 Europe/London
Great article! Now we havenĀ“t "flying stands" but the "ropes to the infinity" (Moonknight, Spider-Man, Robin Dc10) are invading us!

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