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ive heard lots of people say they prime their models on the sprue, and I was just wondering if it makes much of a difference than priming after assembly. and if so the pros and cons of each.
Last edited by the reaver; August 5th, 2007 at 03:33.
sorry, forgot to mention Im using spray primer.
i prime on the sprue because i do the painting as i am assembling the modle. I am a somewhat anal painter and like to be able to work in the little nooks and crannys with out stuff like arms and tabards in the way, so i dont fully assemble anything before i start painting it. Priming on the sprue is idea for this painting technique. I have also found that priming built modles with spray primer tends be to problematic because you get spots that wont get primed because arms or backpacks or other bits overlay an area. Priming on the sprue pretty much eliminates this and in my experience gives a good, even, basecoat.
This is easily dealth with by simply watering down a little chaos black after priming, and brushing it onto the parts that need touching up.I have also found that priming built modles with spray primer tends be to problematic because you get spots that wont get primed because arms or backpacks or other bits overlay an area.
I'm a little skeptical of priming on the sprue, mainly because I hate mould lines or anything of the sort. And when you remove the bits from the sprue, even if they have already been filed, there is still the connection points which will need more filing, this can ruin the priming spray you have already done.
And sometimes, when assembling a miniature, the bits won't line up perfectly, and perhaps a little fileing or even greenstuff smoothing is necessary. This isn't going to work well if the mini has already been primed.
Still, I guess I have never actually tried it, so I can't really knock it. Although, from my point of view, thats like saying I can't knock snorting tabasco sauce - I still think its not a smart thing to do, wether i've tried it or not!
P.S I actually have snorted tabasco sauce, once, a long silly time ago...
P.P.S I guess one benefit would be that its faster. Although, a compromise could be reached - cut the bits of the sprue, and THEN spray them (and even paint them), and then assemble them. I still wouldn't recommend that either - not if you want blended lighting effects, anyways.
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I'm picking 'After Assembly', but I'm mostly with the Junkie on this one. There is a middle way!
I came to Warhammer only after playing another minis game with all metal figures, so there aren't any sprues there. I've also managed to start this hobby with a lot of metal figures, happily, but I just carried over what I did with those to the GW plastics, which is:
1) Remove stuff - cut 'em off the sprues, remove mold lines, sprue garbage, metal injection danglies, etc.
2) GS where necessary
3) Prime stuff
4) Assemble everything that won't get in the way of painting.
6) Assemble everything else, and touch up paints.
Maybe there's a lot more steps doing it that way, but I really feel that it's best. Removing things from the sprues, and doing anything else necessary to clean them up would just remove so much primer, and that's defeating the whole purpose.
1.5:1-2:1 water to paint for that.
Again I'm not satisfied.... sometimes I spray on sprue sometimes after assembly... I voted for after assembly though because of the many times I have done so...
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
ok, yesterday I sprayed on the primer, but it didnt seem to go on very good, because afterwards, there was like powdery stuff all over it and when i did touch ups the liquid looked almost like a different color than the spray. is there something im doing wrong?
I'm with Cadaver regarding mould lines and the like. I won't deny that priming a sprue might make things quicker overall, but as unsatisfied as I know I'd be with the finished product, I would consider it an unworthy trade.Re: the primer - Sounds like either the primer wasn't shaken enough, or it was a temperature/humidity issue.Originally Posted by the reaver
As for the colors not matching, that's to be expected. But the colors should be close enough that, when the model is painted, it won't make a difference. Is this not the case?