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Hello again, I finally bought the Battle of Macragge set and I was wondering how i should paint these.
Should I just use them to practice my painting on or should I use them as the start of my space marine chapter?
Also, what counts as a mold line? Do I have to scrape the model completely smooth or just scrape the raised ridges? Right now it takes me 10 -12 minutes to make it impossible to tell the model was molded and I think thats a bit long.
You are going to have to practice on some models at some stage, so it might as well be these guys. Use them as practice but also the start of your chapter.
If they turn out looking really poor, you can always strip them and start again. (there's plenty of threads here on how strip/clean painted models).
5-10 minutes is a fairly normal time frame for cleaning up a mini. However if you really dont want to spend that long, atleast remove the mold lines in very visible places (such as on the head).
Im not sure what you mean by 'scrape the model completely smooth'.
Mold lines are just the raised ridges were the 2 halves of the mold meet. Also 'flash' on metal models (where the metal is injected into the mold and over-flows up into the tube, leaving an obvious & long-ish piece of metal that usually snaps off easily, but leaves a mark which needs filing).
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Spending a few extra minutes cleaning mold seams and flash is well worth it at the end of the day.
With regards to painting... my advice is to paint these. If at a later stage, when you feel your skills have improved substantially and you decide they should be repainted, you can always strip the paint off and redo them.