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I love drilled barrel, do not have a small enough drill to drill them though.

At the end of the day they are YOUR models, so YOU do what YOU want with them NOT what other people want you to do with them.

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Rookie Pilot





I like drilled barrels but only were apropriate, a las wepon wouldnut have a hole it would have a lense

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They do look much better, and why GW doesn't model them that way is a mystery, but I don't have a drill small enough so I just paint mine.
   
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Somewhere in southern England.

Expensive slide moulds would be needed to supply the models with "pre drilled" barrels.

GW offer a pin vice and drill bits for £10.00. As always you can find a cheaper equivalent by shopping around.

Laser weapons would indeed have a lens, but it would most likely be hidden inside a protective shroud with a hole in the end, looking much like a gun barrel. However it's a valid aesthetic choice to paint a lens instead.

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Agile Revenant Titan




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I don't think they're that necessary. Many people don't have the time to paint their models, yet alone buy a drill and drill the barrels. It's a very nice touch, sure, but it's such a small detail I won't mind at all if my opponent doesn't have them drilled.

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Bloodthirsty Bloodletter






USA, OREGON

I drill them for sure, Snap*

I don't understand why GW doesnt make them drilled already. Nurgle units have pores, Grey Knights have words on thier guns, Flamers and Meltas both have molded wholes and lines. Why not the most common weapon in the game? Why not cast the Bolt gun and Bolt pistal with realistic centered drill whole?

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Roseville, CA

I personally think that barrels left undrilled are a better meter of a painter's skill, like chipping battle damage with a knife as opposed to painting it on realistically
   
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It's honestly never really occurred to me to do normal models.

I guess it's since I've traditionally played Guardsmen (Particularly mordians), it'd be nearly impossible to pull it off.

I do tend to like drilling for heavy weapons, particularly things like Assault Cannons, otherwise they really do look silly without it.
   
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Androgynous Daemon Prince of Slaanesh





Norfolk, VA

Yes, especially on "pro painted" claims.
   
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Adrian Fue Fue wrote:I drill them for sure, Snap*

I don't understand why GW doesnt make them drilled already. Nurgle units have pores, Grey Knights have words on thier guns, Flamers and Meltas both have molded wholes and lines. Why not the most common weapon in the game? Why not cast the Bolt gun and Bolt pistal with realistic centered drill whole?


Because plastic moulds are heavy duty metal presses which are not flexible like a silicon mould and therefore can only impart an image on either side of the plastic. To create say a boltgun with a hole in the barrel the boltgun would need to come in two separate parts which go together, like a LR Las Canon for example.
   
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It seems to me that it is a matter of what army you have. Two dozen Grey Knights? Sure, it's not so bad. A hundred and twenty Orks, no way! And some guns, like Dark Eldar splinter weapons fire tiny slivers, so unless you have a drill bit that's a tenth of a millimeter, it's just not possible.

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The 'proper tool' I use to drill mine of the GW pin vice.
I used to use a Black&Decker hand drill, but it got messy very quickly.
A basic 1mm drill bit is fine for most, and a 1.5 for Heavy Bolters and such.
They're the same drill bits as I use to fit magnets, to I've had practice from that.

Would Lasguns have holes in the barrels? If it is a laser, wouldn't the end be capped with a crystal or something?

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Drilling barrels is easy and looks so much better. Why wouldn't you drill?
   
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pistolepete wrote:They do look much better, and why GW doesn't model them that way is a mystery, but I don't have a drill small enough so I just paint mine.

It's so they can try and get you to buy a Citadel Hobby drill!
On topic, I prefer to drill my gun barrels but as stated before, they are your models, do what your heart desires.
   
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Great Britain

I normally drill all my gun barrels, its a nice touch and finishes the model off nicely IMO.

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Blackwood, Wales

I voted I don't thinks it's important. Imo if you're painting to play just think are people REALLY going to be putting their face up to your models gun and going "Ooooooh you haven't drilled the gun barrels! A thousand curses upon your family!"

So yeah, NOT hugely important, however if it makes YOU (not other people) feel better then go for it!

 
   
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Mutilatin' Mad Dok






Liverpool, england

I don't think it's important.

At the end of the day it's someone else's army. Don't get worked up about what they have or haven't done, and concentrate on your own models.

   
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It just adds that little something to a model/army - although not important in of itself.

   
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You might not be able to paint well but I'm pretty sure you can drill a barrel. Takes two seconds and adds some zazz to your min, why wouldn't you?

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It looks good, but i dont have the tools to do it myself.
   
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Looks good, but not the most important part of the model.

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Like it when I see it, but I don't drill mine. I also have a large amount of Orks and that would take forever to do it to every slugga and shoota.

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Man O' War






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Of course its cool, but i dosn't matter that much

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how do you drill something that small?

 
   
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Scotland

Generally, on my own models I like having them drilled, gives just that little more realism.

If other people have them drilled then good, if not it's not the end of the world.

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I like them and if someone is aspiring for a well presented army/miniature that is not solely tabletop I think it is an important thing for them to adopt.

That being said, most of the time I really cannot be bothered to do it.

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I have started drilling mine and would never go back, I find it hard not to notice in on the huge GW guns now. Had it never been pointed out I could have left it but what has been seen cannot be unseen.

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Black dot is good enough for game table quality.

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I started drilling the holes, it's a small thing but I like that tiny detail

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Only if it's well-done. I like it, but I'm not very good at it, so I generally don't.

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