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Two things; first, I'm doing a WWII-themed IG army (sans antisemitism) and I bought a bottle of Tamiya Model Master enamel paint which is exactly the color I need. I also bought Matte Black Tamiya Spray paint for plastic models, which I want to use as a primer. Would this work? Is there anything I should watch out for? Does the bottle of paint need to be thinned?
Second, since its guard, to save time can/should I prime and paint on the sprue?
You can do some great things on small scale minis with enamels. I personally can't stand to use them because I have poor ventilation and can't handle the smell of turpentine. The assorted "odorless artists spirits" you can get never seem to quite get it right as a medium for enamels. Well refined artist quality turp doesn't stink the same as paint thinner from the hardware store, but it's still too much to use in the living room with no ventilation
Most people who work in enamel have a personal 'secret sauce' of assorted different kinds of turps and spirits they mix for a painting medium. If you have a well ventilated space to paint and no pets poking around, I say go for it and see what kinds of results you get
I used to use enamel paints when I was younger for model planes and the like. I can safely say I much prefer acrylics now - easier to use, easier to maintain your brushes (i.e. clean :p) etc...
I would say hunt about for the colour you need with Vallejo and Citadel (GW), as well as Humbrol and Tamyia's range of acrylics.
In terms of painting on the sprue, not a huge fan - it's harder to clear off mould lines and then there's the added hassle of having to re paint bits when you clip the men off.
I haven't used Tamyia sprays, however did use a Humbrol spray as a primer and found it very thick...I can honestly say that the best primers I've used are the GW ones....
Good luck with the painting, and show us some pics when you're done!!!
As for acrylics vs enamels I have to say I like acrylics a lot more, they are extremely easy to work with, while the enamels never came out right for me. Although this could be the difference in experience from back then to now, but I find that the acrylics are great for detail work.
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Back on topic, you've got a bottle of TESTORS paint, right? Model Master is their line, not Tamiya's.
Regardless, it should work just fine - MM is a good line, though you'll probably need to thin things a bit. They can be fairly thick sometimes.