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I started collecting warhammer 40k a while back, and my tyranid force is looking good so far, my problem though, is I have assembled a carnifex, a brood of genestealers, termagaunts, and warriors, without a base coat. Is this going to come back to bite me, or will it be a total pain to base coat it. Also will later details also be a pain?
Ah a bit confusing.
are you saying that you have painted up a carnifex, brood of genestealers, termagaunts, and some warriors but didnt use a basecoat?
If so then it shouldnt make a huge difference if you give it a coat of varnish, that is unless your models get knocked around alot.
Some further description would be helpful,
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Painting fully assembled models can be a pain, but its doable, also basecoating(through spray paint) may not cover everything and might need to be touched up.
I like to mostly assemble the model(torso legs, sometimes head) then basecoat and paint and add on the arms(and head if not already on) and paint those.
hope this helps,
If you mean that you fully assembled the figures before you primed them, then you should be fine. I bought two large lots of assembled Tyranids off ebay and they painted fine (see the link in my sig). The pieces that will be the hardest are the leg chitin and the area behind the head on the Carnifex. You'll just have to use a smaller brush and exercise some patience. Painting was only problematic for carnifexes where arms and legs were posed very close to each other, as it made some parts almost impossible to reach ... though you have to look really hard to see those spots too.
Fully assembling your models before painting them is fine. With a spray primer, you'll probably have to spray from several different angles to get good coverage, and maybe then touch up where the spray missed with black paint. When you paint them there will probably be some bits that are hard to get to with the paintbrush as well, but really, if an area is hard to get at with a paintbrush then you probably won't see it anyway.
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I've found that the only annoying part about assembling minis before basecoating + painting are the shields and the jet packs, basically anything with deep crevasses. Considering the 'nids, I say you should be fine.