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I recently got an eldar wave serpent as a gift, I was wondering whetherI should fully assemble first or paint and then assemble?
Personally I'd paint then assemble or at least undercoat before assembling, for the simple fact that you don't want to spray the canopy
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I would normally assemble a model before painting. The only time I would paint parts before assembly is when they would obstruct other parts of the model if it was fully assembled. I don't think that would really be a problem on an Eldar tank (though I've never actually owned one) so I'd assemble it before painting.
But, like RhYn0 said, you don't want to paint the clear plastic canopies, so it's best to leave them off unitl the rest of the painting is finished.
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I paint over the canopy. I don't like the toy-like quality of the cheap clear plastic.
If you want to preserve the canopy, glue together all the pieces but don't attach the top to the bottom yet. Then spray it and paint. When everything is done, glue everything together.
keep you cockpit, canopy, top shell, bottom shell and bottom guns seperate... every thing else you can glue together... oooh and the turrett compleatly seperate, only the guns glued into place. It sucks to keep it all seperate, but then you can paint the drivers realy nice and keep the windsheilds clean.
I have to paint 2 waveserpants for next month if ya want me to post what I spray seperate?
Tomb Kings, Marines, Eldar
Sure, that would be incredibly helpful if you could post what you keep separate!
I lost my camera so here goes w/o lol...
the seat with the little dude inside, glue on the arms
The whole big top peice, glue on what ever gems you want on it.
The bottom half-
Glue the back hatch and the door flap, the little antena thingys sticking out of the bottom.
I left it compleatly apart, only thing I glued on were the ends of the gun bar thingy and the antena fin things.
Sence the cockpit is seperate the wind shields don't need to be put in till your ready to glue the whole thing together. This will also alow you to paint just the bars on the wind shields and make the driver realy nice lookin.
When glueing it together glue the driver/cockpit/gunner in 1st with the window, make sure the window doesn't get glue on it or it'll fog up. Then glue the top shell to the bottom shell and glue the top and bottom of the turret together. The whole thing should be able to open or turn how ever you want.
Hope this helps
Tomb Kings, Marines, Eldar