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For getting those hard to reach areas on certain models, I was curious if anyone has ever tried Priming and/or Painting a model before assembling it. Right now my main concern involves Ork Lootas between the Gun Arm, Harness and the Torso area. I've noticed it's rather difficult to get good paint coverage in these areas. Obviously, I would need to cover up certain areas or scrape off primer before glueing the pieces together.
Some people have told me that if you can't reach it with a brush, then most likely you can't see it and it's not worth going through the extra effort to paint it. For some reason though, I like to have my models more or less completely painted and no large areas of ugly black Primer.
Has anyone done this before? Is it worth going through the extra effort to prime the pieces seperately and then do cleanup before assembling?
If you have, please give me any tips and let me know if it was worth it for you!
P.s. I want to improve my painting skills to a decent-high level. Hopefully, I can even gain some profit by painting and selling or even winning a painting contest. In other words, I don't mind going through extra effort if the results pay off in the end!
I'm lazy, but I have some very good painters in my group. They do indeed paint prior to assembly. One method involves using a dab of white glue and a stick to make it easier to handle. For example, you glue the stick to the part of the arm that you will be attaching to the model. Now you have a handle that is out of the way of your brush. One you are done, the white glue comes off pretty easily.
SO, is it pretty easy to just scrape the primer off the flat surfaces that need to be glued together?
Needle files should be in everyone's kit, right next to paint brushes and the exacto-knife.
And for what you want to do, a small vice works for holding things while you work.
It really depends on the model, but mostly arms that get in the way, I paint separately, then attach afterwards. I paint them at the same time mind you, so that my shades and tones match.
Gluing after is no problem as RecklessF says.
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I always find it a good idea to only partially assemble my Minis when painting them, as pesky arms and shields do tend to get in the way, however it is a good idea to make sure everything is filed, filled and fitted as needed before you start to paint as doing a great paint job on the components and then finding there is a huge gap when you try to put it together is annoying to say the least.
A small dab of either white PVA type glue or liquid masking fliud on the areas you wish to clean for assembly will help a great deal I find, as they usually just brush away giving a nice clean area for glue application, but make sure to not cover the whole of the gluing surface, as if you over cover you can take paint away from the area you dont wish to leaving unsightly white metal or plastic exposed.
For holding the seperate components a small drilled hole with a bit of wire PVA glues into it and the other end stuck in a cork or some such is very handy (when I can be bothered which I admit isnt always)
I usually partially assemble my minis, depending on how they're posed, then paint them, then finish the assembly. So, for example, I only stick the shields onto WHFB models once everything's painted, but other than that the model is complete when I'm painting it.
I'm assembling some tactical marines at the moment, and I'm going to paint them in three pieces; the main part (legs, torso, head, left arm), the right arm holding the boltgun, and the backpack.
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Warhammer Fantasy armies do NOT have Codices. They have Army Books.
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