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Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / What's wrong with these people?
« on: December 19, 2011, 12:58:54 PM »
Received this in an email, to my work address, from I company that I occasionally buy clothes from:

My immediate reaction:
  • I can't believe companies actually send this sort of thing out in this day and age
  • That blonde is clearly no operator1
  • I bet this would be right up Kev's dark, dank street

How would you have reacted?

1No way is she getting her hands on my weapon unless someone competent has cleared it first  :whistle:

Tutorials / Stripping with Dettol (and Katy Perry)
« on: February 26, 2009, 11:27:14 PM »
There was a interesting thread recently in the Q&A forum about stripping without paint stripper (here). The discussion degenerated, as such threads have a tendency to do, into the usual "I use Nitromors/Mister Muscle/Dettol/Simple Green/battery acid" proclamations with the tried and tested "I experimented with Nitromors/Mister Muscle/Dettol/Simple Green/battery acid, but I found that I was right all along and Nitromors/Mister Muscle/Dettol/Simple Green/battery acid is, in fact, best" supporting statements.

Well, I thought I'd try something different. I thought I'd create a thread dedicated solely to stripping with Dettol and, regardless of its relative merits against other techniques, give the interested observer a blow-by-blow account of how I personally strip miniatures.

Before we begin, as this is a thread about Dettol, which I refer to fondly as 'The brown stuff', I would appreciate it if advocates of Nitromors/Mister Muscle/battery acid and other such chemical nastiness would refrain from hi-jacking this thread. After all, you can always start your own and I solemnly promise that I will not mention Dettol on it. Please extend me the same courtesy. Thanks.

Right, are you sitting comfortably? Yes? Then I'll begin ...

Some of you already know that I'm a big fan of old Citadel figures from the 1980s. I have a pretty extensive collection already and I'm always keen to add more. Anyway, I recently won some circa 1987 Realm of Chaos (Google it, whelps :wink:) beastmen on Ebay and the poor things were desperately in need of some TLC. The little darlings where in a shocking state as you can see from this picture:

As far as I could tell, they had been painted with enamels and hadn't been varnished. So, out came the brown stuff (AKA Dettol liquid antiseptic disinfectant) ...

... and into a glass jar (hot salsa, for the use of) went the beastmen and a shot or two of the brown.

It's Katy Perry before anyone asks and she was on the front of the business section of The Sunday Times so everything's above board and totally legit, alright? Moving swiftly on, hardcore strippers use the brown stuff straight. Personally, I find it goes further and it's more effective if you mix it with water.

Adding a more-or-less an equal quantity of water to your Dettol will turn it milky.

The beastmen bad boys went for a swim in this around midnight on Tuesday. I wasn't working the following day so, after donning disposable rubber gloves to protect my silky-soft hands,  I fished them out around 10:30 a.m. and this is what they looked like:

Looks like they've got surplus skin, doesn't it? No need to call a cosmetic surgeon, a quick scrub with an cheap toothbrush from Wilko's and a dab of Fairy liquid washing up liquid followed by a swill under a running tap will suffice:

Clearly, these chaps aren't totally clean. There's still paint in those hard-to-reach places so they went for another dip. I had planned to fish them out later that same evening but life intervened. The lure of the pub, the Champion's League (even if it was only Liverpool) and Stella taking me out on a bender meant that it wasn't going to happen. Didn't stop me from dragging my sorry carcass to work today though where I managed to keep both my head and my breakfast down.

Returning from work, slightly the worse for wear, I emptied the Dettol emulsion down the sink (don't try this with Nitromors if you've got plastic plumbing, folks), I gave the beastmen a scrub with an old electric toothbrush. Here are the results:

Not too bad, eh?

To finish off with, I'll share some hard-earned experience with you. One, Dettol, in my experience, is safe to use on plastic (that said, you should be ashamed of yourselves! What do you think you're doing with plastic figures when there's loads of belting metal ones around? Call yourself a gamer? You should be ashamed of yourself!) though it does eat superglue and green stuff. Two, for a (comparatively) easy life, always tidy up after yourself. Three, don't use your WAG's/mother's/sister's/any other relative's toothbrush to scrub figures or, if you do, don't let them in on the secret. Four, Dettol's comparatively Dolphin-friendly, but I wouldn't recommend drinking it even for a dare.

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