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I'm new to the community and new to painting miniatures. I've just recently begun collecting a 1000pt. Ork army for Warhammer 40k. Since I purchased the entire army at once, I have a lot of minis to prep and paint!
I have a few questions regarding preparing, priming, and then painting...
I've begun preparing a single unit of Ork Boyz, man it takes a long time to clean off all the mold lines! Now that I have them cleaned up from the sprue I've glued the base, legs, torso and heads, but haven't done the arms. This is where I've begun over-thinking everything. I'm afraid if I glue the arms it will make it difficult to get in and paint some details. So, should I just glue a single arm on and paint the entire miniature and then prime the other arm separate and attach it last?
The reason I put priming on the list of questions is because if I prime the mini with one arm off I'll definitely end up covering the spot the second arm glues to. I'm using testors plastic cement glue...can I just glue right over the primed area or should I scrap the primer off and then glue the arm on? If I leave the second arm off, do you recommend painting it seperatly or just priming it and then gluing it to the finish mini and painting it?
What do you guys do when you prime/paint parts seperatly? Is there any tricks I should know about before priming my Boyz? Should I even leave an arm off?!
Thanks for any advice on this workflow,
to be honest i think you should prime with both arms on. One thing of learnt in the little 3 years i've been doing this is that usually, somewhere that your brush can't reach probably wont be seen or matter.
Last edited by Sir Spamalot; October 12th, 2008 at 21:26.
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So long as you're priming with black it shouldn't matter if you can't reach some areas but if you use white it'll be rather obvious. I'ld be inclined to assemble first and prime in black but it's really up to you.
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I just did a batch without the figures completely assembled except for the arms. If I had to do it again (given orks, I probably will), I would either a) glue the arms on, but not the head, or b) glue torso with legs, but leave arms and head off. The reason for this is that the head can get in the way of the arms, depending on how you glue it.
To protect the glue spot, take some white glue and put a nice little drop on the flat part where you will use model glue. When it dries, you can prime and paint over it really easily. When you're ready to paint, take a sharp scribe and it should pop right off.
There are many ways in which people do this. Many glue the arms on and don't worry what you cannot see, whilst others remove them. Personally, I do it like so; if they have a weapon then don't glue it on, but dry test the arms. Glue the one obscuring the least amount of detail, the other will be painted separately. This allows me to get to the mini in full. That is my personal method anyway. But generally, you can get away with not painting some fully - like a basecoat for deep shadows etc. So it's all down to personal preference really.
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I just primed my CSMs a few days ago, and one tip I got for you is to make sure you spray all the hard-to-reach areas, so that later on you don't have to brush on black paint several times. Best way to do that is to hold the mini in one hand so that you can move it around easily and get to all the areas. I've done this before with my Moria minis but somehow forgot to do it for these CSMs and just left them flat on a box while spraying! So I had a lot of spots to touch up and I'd say you wanna avoid that.
As to whether to paint the whole mini or in parts...I painted a bunch of old Saurus models using both techniques and I gotta say it was easier to paint with the arm and head off. Same goes for the Moria Gandalf. So if you wanna do a good job it's gonna be easier to leave it off, especially when the arms are kinda tight. If they're wide-spread you can probably do fine with them attached, you gotta make the judgement.
Just keep in mind that if you're painting a part by itself you might find yourself not knowing where to put it after you apply the paint, cause it'll stick to the table and ruin a spot and you might need to touch up.
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Last edited by minus_t; October 13th, 2008 at 01:19.
To make it easier to prime your minis and not miss any spots, try using forceps (those medical needle nose scissor thingies with the grips instead of blades) and prime. Take note the paint will fudge the sterility of your forceps, but it works to save your fingers and give you a better eye for what is going on. Hope this helps.