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    Painting before assembly.

    I was just wondering about this. I'm just now getting a bit better at painting, and I have odd thoughts come across my brain (that undoubtedly every beginner must have.)

    One that came across today was: (kinda two or three)

    Painting a model before gluing it together, is this a good idea or bad idea? Maybe it depends on the model?

    I kind of assumed this could be easier for me since I don't have the steadiest hand yet and such.

    Just wondering some thoughts on this.


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    There is nothing wrong with painting before gluing. If you are going to be building a model that has hard to reach places then you can leave of a arm or whatever is obscuring view. Do what ever is easier for you.
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    I tried it in the past but it was actually worse painting the model before gluing it for me. I would say go for it and try it on bigger models, like dreadnoughts and such. you would get a better result.
    but for normal size models, it's a no for me, i'll stick to the traditional way.

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    Assemble as much as you can before painting, just leave off parts that will block brush access. Make sure to fully fit everything before you start painting. Most larger kits will require substantial filing, trimming, green stuff, etc to get a good fit. You don't want to be trying to do that around a finished paintjob!

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    I assemble as much as I can before painting, leaving off parts which get in the way (the only exceptions are parts which need extensive conversion and green stuff work).

    Then I undercoat and paint the first layers of highlights/shading, then assemble everything, paint the gaps between areas, then paint the final layers. This way I can easily fix errors which may happen during the assembly (scraped paint, spilled glue, things like that).

    When I paint NMM, gems, or light sourcing, the model has to be fully assembled or those effects simply won't work...

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    i like to Prime, strip paint off areas i am going to Glue. Prime a second coat, THEN paint. I only do details of interiors before gluing things together if I have to, otherwise it seems easier to do it this way.
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    A lot of poeple paint in little sub-assemblies. Especially the pros. generally I leave off the arms or head if it obsures too much of the chest area (O&G and orks, so the head actually can obsure the body ).
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    Generally I will eave the gun off so that i can paint the chest and inside of the gun. Otherwise I will fully assemble the model before painting
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    Thanks for all the words of wisdom folks.

    I'm going to try a little of everyones' advice and see what works best for me.

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    I've tried doing that a few times, but when it comes to the bits that are not glued to the base I never know where to hold them.

    I considered painting on the sprue and just touching up the places where cut them off, but that never works well as the shading and highlighting never quite matches.

    Quote Originally Posted by omegoku View Post
    Generally I will eave the gun off so that i can paint the chest and inside of the gun
    I try this, especially for marines when I can spray/ink/drybrush the whole model without hitting the gun, the only bit thats very different in colour, but again, I never know where to hold the bolter while I paint it, and they end up sitting on my paint station next to a load of unarmed marines

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