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I like to paint models in pieces, particularly arms that cross in front of the chest (*cough* marines *cough*). How, though, do you support each piece while you are painting it? Right now, I drill a hole and use a bit of paper clip stuck in the hole. Works ok for drying, but it's hard to keep the piece stuck on there while I'm painting.
Sometimes I don't want the paper clip glued in there permanently. This is especially a problem with bases, as I often pin models, particularly metal models, to the base, and want to paint the base separately. I don't want to glue the paper clip to the hole in the model's foot permanently in that case, since I tend to bend the clip, glue it in place sticking through the hole in the base, THEN glue the model to the base, AFTER the painting is all done on both model and base.
Anybody else in this predicament? I've tried everything from PVA glue to fun-tac to hold the model/piece on the stem of paper clip while I'm painting, but it often will not sit still, particularly with metal bits.
I do exactly the same thing.
My marines get bodies, legs and head glued together, then primed and painted.
then once i'm done, i look to the arms and backpacks separate.
here's how I do it.
Do the body above, make sure it's painted.
Then make sure you DO NOT CLIP THE ARMS OFF THE SPRUES.
THis is important. I like to leave the arms with one or two points still attached to sprues.
cut them free but leave them attached to some bit of the plastic sprue (i.e. take some sprue with each arm.
Go out to the garage. Find yourself a pair of NEEDLE NOSE pliers....and a rubber band (thicker the better)
the ones that hold celery together work awesomely. Nick one from the grocery store if need be.
Grab the plastic sprued arm by the sprue with the pliers, then rubber band the grips of the pliers together!
This keeps the pliers closed,
which keeps the spure bit in place,
which still holds the arm/ backpack in place!
Now you have a great handle (pliers) to hold onto the small arm to paint!
Need to put it down to rest/dry/use the bathroom? leand the pliers up against a soda can, or stack of white dwarfs. (keeps the arm/backpack free from touching things(
TO dry: Pull the sprue bit (with attached arm) out of the pliers, and stick it between a stack of White Dwarf copies, or similar book (in the pages)
Bury the sprue bit ( the pliers were holding,) letting the attached arm, free to dry, still not touching anything!
Once dry, CAREFULLY clip the arm free from the sprue, leaving two spots without paint.
One of the spots usually is covered by a shoulderpad, the other is usually on the wrist.
Glue it into place then touch up the one visible bare spot with paint..
there. I hope this helps.
Rome wasn't built in a day, Either should good scenery.
I generally use superglue to attach bits of models to pins, whilst painting.
This sounds fairly extreme, but there are 2 reasons for this.
The first is if the part is getting a pin anyway. In this case, I make the holes in both pieces before starting painting, then glue the pin in the correct place, but do not cut down the pin at all, leaving an entire paperclip supporting one model.
The 'spare' clip can then be cut off when painting is finished, with no major scew-ups.
The second is if the part is simply inconvenient to glue before painting.
In this case, the superglue bond is fairly easy to break off, without damaging the model.
Just waggle the paperclip around sufficiently and it should pull away without too much difficulty.
I've also found that anything less than superglue is too flexible, and moves around too much while I'm trying to paint, which sucks.
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i heat up a needle with a lighter and push it gently into the piece in a surface that wont show later.
just perfect for me.
i put together the legs and torso + base, prime n paint that.
then i do the rest of the pieces separately.
lastly glue them all together and touch up if needed.
I just leave the drill in it... I'm too lazy.
On plastic arms that don't need pinning, I've been supergluing a toothpick onto the arm where it would attach to the body. Works pretty well and doesn't damage visible parts of the model when it's eventually pulled away. Minimal touch-up required. I sometimes just paint a gun separately, in which case I'll superglue the toothpick onto the part that will eventually glue to the model's hand.
On metal arms I just use an untrimmed (but superglued as well) paper clip that will eventually be used as the pin, as others have suggested. If you go this route, make sure to not get primer all over the pin or you'll have to scrape it away before it will fit into the piece you're pinning (assuming you used the correct size drill-bit
Last edited by kosmon; June 5th, 2008 at 01:30.
when I first got them I didn't really think about how difficult it was to paint in between the gaps of the arms where it meets the chest and gun, also the back of the chest with the backpack is a pain in the butt.
but what I tend to do now is chest legs and head, paint them all up to what I think is fine, then paint the backpack, stick that on, then the arms, and paint the arms ON the body, just being careful not to screw up what I did with the chest, often I screw things up but at least it seems a fairly quick way to get things done.
...But Duane, that's because you are insane.
Rome wasn't built in a day, Either should good scenery.
thats why those elves stole my underpants.
I hate to say it but I do it the lazy way... I just hold part of it and paint. Then when the paint is dry paint the other side... Since you don't use much paint it dries pretty quick. I try to handle things carefully and don't really have a problem with paint rubbing off.
Now if I am doing metal figures I do pin them if possible so I will usually test fit a pinned joint and then glue the pin into one of the pieces... I will then usually place the pinned part into a hand drill to secure it and create a "handle" for myself.
I will often spray my figures with varnish during the painting process (usually to see how something will look varnished)... so that further helps strengthen the paintjob.
remember K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)
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