Monday, May 16, 2011

How to: Step 1 - Cleaning & trimming miniatures

One needs to clean the miniatures after taking them out of the box. Manufacturers put a powder or special spray in the molds to help the molds release their product.

(left) Take a hard bristle toothbrush and some dish detergent, scrub the miniature under warm water, when finished place the cleaned miniature on a towel to dry (right).


When dry, take an xacto knife and trim off the miniature any flashes or slag left by the mold and also lightly scrape off the seam lines. Be careful not to scrape to deep or hard for white metal & lead is very soft.


  1. They are nice looking figs...I don´t recognise the make...thunderbolt mountain???
    Don´t worry about the size when you come to paint them...they look small at the moment but as you get your "eye in" they will increase in size and a 54mm fig will seem like a giant after a while. :-D
    A good magnifying glass and a sharp brush are the real keys.
    Welcome to the world of mini´s collecting and choice :-D

  2. PS...I forgot to say, your photography is excellent...the one of the two knights smashing thier lances!!!!!!

  3. The part I hate most is the cleaning of figures.

  4. I agree with the Angry Lurker. Flash lines are the pits.

  5. Cleaning the figures has got to be THE worst part of the whole hobby, especially when the figures have a lot of flash left on them.

  6. Hmm I have never used a brush or cleaned a figure in water. I find removing the mould lines bad enough to do. It probably helps... Good luck painting and blogging. Cheers, Michael