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I pulled out my box of IG Basilisk Battery and am looking to build and paint these babies. Now I'm kind of noobish when painting larger vehicles and I'm curious as to what would be the best method. Would it be better to paint the pieces individually on the sprue or build it then paint it.
Any tips would be fantastic! Thanks
Matching up the colour scheme (camo pattern/highlights) if you paint it in parts would be tricky, plus I think the paint would affect the glue. Personally I have never had much problem assembling it then painting it. I use predominantly field grey atm and a base coat then heavy drybrushing has always come out looking good.
I started out painting vehicle pieces individually before final assembly. It gave good results but was so time-consuming I finally gave it up. Now my tank painting is washes over basecoats and a couple tricks. Unless you want a 'museum piece', I recommend assembly before painting.
If you're thinking camo, one of the tricks I mentioned above is to dab an old toothbrush in the paint (maybe watered down a little) and rub your thumb along it to flick the paint onto a basecoated vehicle. With a little practice it makes a good poor-man's airbrush. Another trick with IG vehicles generally is graffiti and nose art. A badly painted tank with a well-painted emblem looks almost as good as a well-painted tank because that detail stand out to casual observation, sort of like having a badly-painted soldier with a pro-painted face.
"My tanks have names, my men have numbers." -Col. Edmund Grahvess, 23rd Kronecker Prison Guard
With the vehicle put together, mostly. At times, you'll have some with a turret or a troop hold. I put the turrets/doors/and other moving bits together and separate from the rest of the vehicle. Paint them up, then slap them together.
There is some good info on the GW boards :
Imperial Guard Articles | Armies of Warhammer 40,000 Articles | Games Workshop
As a rule, when I paint my tanks, I fully assemble them, but leave turrets detachable. Of course, with tanks such as the Stormlord I don't have to detach the turret, since there's no turret.
Then I apply my basecoats.
I use my airbrush for this stage, laying down the first color, and then I sprayed across the second color. Though sometimes I'll use silly putty to make more defined camo. This is, of course, if you do camo in the first place. Tracks were done in a third color by brush.
Of course, you don't need an airbrush to apply the camo, that can be done by brush, too.
Here, a link to my Stormlord thread, back from a long while ago. Pretty well shows the steps I took.
Don't mean to plug just my methods, but, I found that the first part with the fully-assembled paint to be more efficient and pretty good.
"Speed is life! You go slow, you die!"
-Sgt. Unther, Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries
I havn't built a Basilisk but have made several Chimera and model is similar.
I left the tracks off and didn't add them at step 1, instead I painted them, the stub gun, crew, multi-laser, heavy bolter & stowage separately on the sprue and added them at the end after the vehicle chassis had been assembled & painted.
Best, for the time invested, effects I have seen are from spaying a dark base coat and then applying a 'heavy dry brush' of a lighter (but still base) colour and then making an even lighter highlight colour which is given a 'light dry bush' before using a dark wash or ink to fill recesses you want to shadow. Then simply highlight eagles and other moulded insignea with bolt-gun metal, add company markings, decals etc and then add the tracks (bolter, drybrush with chainmail, wash with bacob black) and other stuff - job done.
Hope this is helpfull Kev.
Last edited by Kevin_allen40; May 31st, 2010 at 19:11. Reason: spellling