How to use weapon sprues

Some models in the Forward March Miniatures range come with separate weapon sprues included with the basic model. These include Roman Centuries and Macedonian phalangites, as well as the Napoleonic lancers. Yet other models can be improved with a "high detail" pack, which can be used to give models plumes, spears, lances, and other odds and ends of military indicia. high detail packs are sold separately, and the information section states what product it should be used for. Regardless of what models they are used on, the weapon or detail sprues are used the same way.

We'll use the Roman legionaries as an example. It comes with two parts: six of the basic 80 figure Century model, and six pilum sprues. 

Here are three Roman cohorts, a total of 1440 figures and 1440 pilum. 

The individual pilum look great and add a lot to the look of the model. However doing it one by one would take forever. We include the weapon sprues with the models to make it much faster to create a realistic looking army in Heroic 2mm scale.

To complete your multi-part model the weapon sprues must be painted, cut to the proper size, and glued to the base model. 

Before we go any further, you'll want to base coat the base of legionaries. We recommend using a wash of watered down acrylic paint as base coat as opposed to spray painting. The pilum piece (on the left) can be base coasted by painting brown directly on the plastic.

 

We find it easier to paint the model and add ballast to the base before gluing the pilum on. In other words, do the pilum last. So, next we paint the figures.

Next, we will cut the pilum sprue apart. You'll notice there are five sections of vertical wires on the pilum sprue. Each certical wire is a pilum. The pilum are joined top and bottom by a handle, which we'll use to make placing the pilum much easier than doing it one at a time.

Cut the bottom handle off. This will expose the bottom of the pilum.


When you're done snipping you'll have a strip of pilum for each rank of men on the base.

Next, grab one of the rows of pilum by the handle and dip the feet of the pilum in glue. We prefer to use Aleen's Tacky Fabric Glue.

Liberally apply the glue. If using Aleen's, the glue will dry clear and lose a lot of its volume. They key thing is that you want the pilum to really be stuck on there when we're done.

Next, fit the pilum behind the front row of legionaries on the base. They are designed to marry up on the left-hand side of the legionaries, just behind the shield. 

It should look like this when you're done with the front and rear rank:

Next, move on to another base and let the glue dry. Once dry cut the handle off with some scissors. It is very important to let the glue dry before cutting the handle off. If the glue is still went the scissors will twist the pilum out of place as you cut them free – you have been warned!!

After you finish with the front and rear rank, you can work on the others until all five ranks have pilum glues in place. Depending how big your scissors are you may trim them down as you go or wait until the very end. Just remember that a pilum was not a particularly long weapon... but on the other hand Romans were not very tall. Either way, once you are done and all of the pilum are dry you'll want to paint the tips black and then metal over top the black. Be sure to leave a little line of black to mark the separation between the wood and the tip of the javelin!


If you follow these instructions you'll have your first legion put together in no time!