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New to both WH40k, this forum, and modeling. So I have lots of questions
I am doing both a space marine and IG army right now, and I am assembling my IG models as we speak. I have yet to paint any, so here is my question:
Do you put the arms/gun on before or after you start painting? I know a lot of SM players will leave arms/bolters off until they have painted the marine. Do you do the same w/ the IG guys? Seems like a lot of trouble to keep it off for a 6pt figure, but what do you think?
Thanks in advance
It's really all up to you. Will you want to play before they're all painted? Do you plan on doing a really detailed paint job? Do you think anybody will notice that 100 guardsmnen don't have paint on thier bodies underneath thier arms?
I assembled my cadians prior to painting them and, now that they are painted, they look fine, but not great. It all depends on how good looking an army you're going for.
I'm new to WH40K as well. When I starting building my IG army, I just assembled the infantry before I primed them. There's so much to do and it would take a lifetime to put a lot of detail in so many figure.
With the space marines, there's more detail in the chest area so I can see why some people would paint the chest before attaching the arms. But with IG guardsmen, there isn't all that much detail there.
I got a squad of IG once, and I found it very difficult to effectively paint the chest and arms once they are attached. That whole large region on the front of the mini is blocked by the arms and the gun. Even the belt can be difficult to paint, depending on the pose! It may be too much, but for ease of painting with good detail, you should leave the arms off.
i painted all 6 boxes of infantry on the sprue.
however, after i did that i made up a squad of vets who were highly converted. you can't really do this *after* they're painted.
so if you're planning on having unconventional stances/poses or just lots of modifications, i'd assemble first then paint.
if you want the standard range of poses, then paint on sprue will be fine.
You painted them on the spure? Wow, I hadnt even thought of that. So you get your base spray on them, and then just paint away while on the spure? How does that work out? I would imagine it looks very nice when done that way.
Thanks for the replies. I have 20 of them assembled, and another 20 to go. Not sure now what to do with the last 20.
Painting on sprue is a no-no in my books.
GW casting is godawful, or im just unlucky; there is so much filing and cleaning to do.. its painful. But in the end you wount have ugly black lines running down the sides of your minis.
Or you COULD spray em black first, AND use a predominantly black uniform scheme...that way, the black underneath the arms can pass off for shadows/uniform colour...^_^
But that's only IF u wanna do it...
Originally Posted by kuchervano
you can remove flash while they're on the sprue.
paint on sprue is good if you wanna "knock them out". but always go over them again when they're assembled.
but if you wanna make any dynamic poses or conversions (i would, it's alot of fun!). you'll have to glue them first.