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I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this but I couldn't seem to find anywhere else. Just a quick question, so far I've been assembling the guardsmen bodies onto legs and glued them onto their stands then painted that. After I would then attach the head and paint it and so on paint the two arms seperately and then glue them on.
It seems like if you glued the arms on first you wouldnt be able to paint the entire model even though the unpainted parts would be hidden. But I have seen people with entirely assembled and unpainted armies so whats the deal?
Do some people just not paint where the rifle crosses the chest or do they disassemble their unpainted guardsmen to paint them when they get around to it?
putting the entire model together, and then painting it is a much easier way to achieve a better result, its faster, less messy and higher quality. Build>prime>paint>base
Personally I assemble my guys first and thn paint them when I have time later, this allows me to get my stuff onto the table quickly. Generally people don't disassemble their guys to paint them, I don't find it terribly hard to get in behing the guns and such, and as you said all my mistakes will be hidden behing the guns.
I know some people who paint their armies before assembling them, I just can't resist the temptation to get my stuff on the table and into a battle. Like you have most likely realised though, you get better results if you paint your guys before putting them togeather.
IG Best Gen 1st overall of 10 DE 4th overall of 6
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The IG models aren't as accessible as the SM sprues, with marines you can leave the bolter off, with IG that isn't going to happen and you're best off just building the whole model. That said the other IG player at my club leaves the heads off his models as he likes to paint the neck.....I don't understand it either but each to their own.
As Liffrea said, to each their own - I'm a perfectionist who takes several hours per Guardsman.
When I model and paint Marines I leave off the weapons but attach arms as this lets me paint the insides of everything nice and easy. This not being an option with Guardsmen I stick them together completely and accept a slight drop in quality of painting, I consider it a good trade off due to the masses of troops that need to be got through for a Guard army.
I assume that this is the reason some people build whole and other paint in parts, a simple quality vs. speed issue. I'm willing to hazard a guess that the compete build followed by paint to a slighty lower quality is the most common method.
Again, with Marines I leave their bolters off when painting.
With Tau I tried leaving off arms for 2 squads and left them on for 1. The difference was not major.
I've only painted one IG so far, but left his rifle attached. Way too much hassle to have armless guardsmen around the place
Arch Overfiend & Grand Despot
I currently play:
Doom Eagle Space Marines
Hive Fleet Omega Tyranids
Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
Tau of O'me
Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
and my attempted foray into fantasy
'Dark Angel Green' Dark Elves in need of fluff
I took a painting clinic from a lady who has won multiple golden demon awards for her armies and models. She paints models that are either completely built or almost (clear windows and such excepted) Her take on it is that if you can't get to it to paint it easily, it can't be seen easily and it is also probably an area in shadow anyway as well so if it is primed black that is good enough.
It is better to spend the time to make the areas you can see look better.