Building Models 101: From Sprue To Glue

Building your first models!

Building your first models!

If you’re new to tabletop gaming, welcome! I truly believe this is one of the best hobbies ever (sorry not sorry, golfers). Today we’re getting back to the basics. I talk a lot about the gameplay here at 2+ Tough, but today I want to back up and start at the very beginning. Before the storylines and battle reports, before the rules and gameplay, before highlights, lowlights, washes, and basecoats, there is simply sprue. What the heck is sprue, anyway? What’s the cleanest way to detach the model parts? And once they are detached… now what? I’ll go through all of this and more in the video below. You’ll be building your first models in no time!

Now, even if you’re a pro, there are a few tips and tricks that I’ve found helpful over the years to make the building process a lot smoother and less frustrating so you can get on to the next step: painting your models! Some people are all about the play, while others are all about the paint. I personally find every aspect of this hobby to be relaxing in its own way, and that includes building and assembling the models.

One key to a smooth assembly is having the right tools. I’ll go over the three basic tools you’ll need to build your models: clippers, hobby knife, and glue. If you’ve ever assembled an army before, you’ll know the golden rule of gluing is less is more. I suppose that’s probably true of all glue, but especially when it comes to plastic glue. This stuff adheres quickly and is very powerful!

I’ll also cover how to get rid of mold lines, the importance of following the order of operations, as well as a few other tips. So sit back, relax, and let’s get started!