- An idea of what you want to end up with. Really, this is very important.
- Left over bitz. I find that Ork and Space Marine (of any flavor) Bitz work best, as anything else is really too small. I have seen some people say that the weapons from Tau Battlesuits work well too, but I have spent a good deal of time trying to avoid buying Crisis Suits, so I can honestly say I have no idea.
- Sharp clippers.
- A piece of scrap LEGO rod. For this article, I used the spare rod that came with one of the Halo Bloks ODST drop pods. I have a bunch of spare ones, and I only use the short ones, so the extra longs are just ripe for the plundering.
- Plastic cement and your preferred means of application. I use generic cement and staples broken off of a refill strip. Yes, I am cheap.
- Patience. It takes a lot of practice to do this right, and you are liekly to break a few bitz in the process. You'll see me do it as we go through the process, and I've been doing this for a while.
- Paint. Normally, I would never paint a LEGO accessory, as I think that defeats the aesthetic, but you will likely have different color parts, and you want to hide you work. I usually recommend a Krylon 'Fusion For Plastics' spray, as they do not require primer, and bond at the molecular level, pretty much making scratched off color a thing of the past.
You'll notice that there are a few 'stress' marks where the plastic has lightened where the torque from the clippers has almost split them. This is what I was talking about. Even with all of your caution, sometimes these things will just break along stress lines as you trim them. It's going to happen, just get yourself in a calm place, and write off any losses. I didn't lose anything this time, but it was pretty much because of luck.
Tune in tomorrow for another installment!