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I'm just getting into warhammer and I'm itching to paint my guys. Before I do however, I wanted to know how mold lines affect the end result of painting(I bought the Black Reach box set) and what is the best way to get rid of them.
gently scraping them off wityh a craft knife or needle file
If you ignore them they look hideous.
You can scrape them down with a hobby knife, file, or even sand them. If you neglect the mold lines and directly paint them they will stand out the most and then you are going to kick yourself for not removing them. The little time it takes to clean up the models before paint really pays off and should not be overlooked.
Its a bit harder with snap together troops like black reach... dunno about black reach but the BfM marines had pretty much a half mm shift to one side where the two sides of the mold met - I tried to file it down as best I could, but sometimes you cant get all of it.
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Yeah I recommend scraping them down with an x-acto blade. Plastic models are easier to clean with a blade rather than filing as the plastic is soft and it is very easy to mar or deface the surface details with a file.
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Thanks alot good people. I just didn't want to start taking off the molding until I knew the best technique(I'm sort of a perfectionist).