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Hey, I'm not really used to modeling or painting marines with bolters (i'm a Black Templar player, everything is CCW) and I kind of came into a conundrum. I don't really know what to glue and what not to so that I have the ability to paint the chest! lol. So the question is, what do people do when it comes to marines with bolters. Do you
A) glue everything except the bolter, leaving the chest free to somewhat paint
B ) glue the left arm but keep the right w/ the bolter off and paint seperately
C) don't glue any arms, paint all seperately
(btw, i'm talking actual marines, not AoBR ones)
I know this is a personal choice, and I'll probably get a variation in answers, but i'm curious to see what people do to get the most amount of detail out of the model in the painting stage. As of now, i've made 5 marines with option B ) and the seargent has both arms on because they are appart, chest open.
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For bolter marines, I put them completely together, however I just use the smallest drop of glue ever to put on the bolter, then after they are all together I break the bolters off and glue them to a sprue for painting....
This way, I know that the guns will look good once they are put on and will fit proper, and it also allows me to paint their chests the way i want. hehe, and to tell you the truth I dont even glue the guns back in, that way if I decide that i want a melta gun instead of the plasma or flamer then all i have to do is grab one that i have painted and then switch them out
hope this helps you in your endeavors
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Depends what type of paint job you are going for, If im painting a bright coloured marine or wanting to do a really clean job i'd leave the right arm+bolter off, as it's really hard to shade properly with the arms in the way.
I'm doing dark angels so shading isnt too much of a problem as any mistakes will only be noticable if inspected closely, this cant be said for an army like White Scars or Imperial Fists.
If you are just taking into consideration the chest eagle then leaving both arms on is what I would do, only in cases where the right armis fully obstructing the chest eagle is when I recommend leaving it off.
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I stick them together completely and just paint them. As long as you get a good black undercoat in all the recesses then the chest eagles can be painted normally. If you use a good detail brush then if the brish cant touch it then the eye can't see it and it is painted black anyway so counts as extreeme shading.
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I do mine in two ways. Typical tactical marines/etc get the 'quick and easy' treatment. Arms + bolters glued onto the marine before painting.
Special/heavy weapons and veterans/etc get a bit more effort. The bolter and arm are cut from sprue and cleaned up, then the arm is glued back onto the sprue with bolter/special/heavy weapon glued in place. Arm + gun is painted on the sprue while marine is painted seperately, then the arm+gun is glued into position on the marine.
Take care glueing the arm and bolter together off of the marine, as you dont want to get the pose wrong.
I follow the (a) road. I glue everything together but the bolter, which I leave on the sprue, and the basecoat the bolters on the sprue and the Marines. Paint everything and then glue the bolters to the Marines... A little retouch and ready to go to war!!!
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I take option C. This takes alot longer but I have OCD and all my models need to look great. (or as good as I can paint them!) Wheter it is a commander or a tac marine I will take the time and paint all the pieces seperatley then glue it together.
Everything glued on then painted for my grunts. Sergeants and up always get special poses (e.g. holding the bolter in one hand with a grenade in the other hand, etc.), it's a pain getting to the chest sometimes, but it's not that bad.. or at least nothing a little lick of ink/wash won't clean up.
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