With our moribund ancients group coming alive again to play L'Art de la Guerre, I'm rushing to rebuild my 15mm ancients collection. This requires a bit of work since I sold all my armies last year, save one. The upside to a collection of one is that I'll double it shortly. I expect to double it again before the year is out.
After years of painting Old Glory, I'm finding Corvus Belli's ancient Spanish to be a nice change-up. I understand they've shut down so this might be my first and last opportunity to paint from their line. The sculpting on the figures is superb and they have some one-of-a-kind figures. The downside is I underestimated the difficulty of gluing 200+ tiny shields. My first go was so slow and messy I almost gave up at the start. The backs of the shields have shallow dimples so they don't have much to grab onto. Through trial and error and more error, I came up with a system that might be useful for anyone working with Xyston or Corvus Belli.
Step 1: I glue my figures on Popsicle sticks, grouping like poses to speed up the painting process. My tools for the job include:
Super Glue-Quick drying version
Accelerator- described as an "instant cure." It speeds up the curing process on metals to about 10 seconds so it's a bit short of "instant."
Small wooden dowel to prevent fingers from being glued together.
Step 3: Load up a bit of Sticky Tack on the end of the dowel. Grab the shield from the front.
Step 4: Dip the back of the shield into the puddle of accelerator. Holding the dowel + shield upright with your left hand, put a drop of Super Glue on the accelerator soaked shield with your right hand. You've got 10 seconds to get this on the figure before it hardens.