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Hey i have always wondered this but never tested it for fear of screwing up one of my models. But could you prime and paint models still in the sprue? then assemble them? or can i clip them out of the sprue, prime, paint then assemble when the paint dries? thanks for your time
I do this ALL the time with my regular table top armies for fantasy. Only because if the model is carrying a shield, the shield gets in the way of painting half of the model. All you have to remember is to go back and dab some paint on the small clip mark.
If you're going to clip it then paint, pin the odd piece to a bottle cap or something like that so you can manipulate the piece without touching it. I usually pin the arms regardless of plastic so that I can maneuver them into the right position before gluing. It also helps in fantasy when you have to rank up the models and make sure they all fit without pushing the figs on either side.
This plan also works for SM's (of any chapter) because some of them wield their bolter 2-handed, and nothing is worse than gluing one arm, then finding out that the gun is all wonky-looking. Or gluing the arm on, and trying to get the other before the first arm sets up, then finding out you really just glued the whole thing to your finger.
Last edited by Thom1111; February 21st, 2010 at 02:00. Reason: additional info added.
Yes, you can, although mouldlines will be hard to remove if you keep them on the sprue.
I usually clip everything out, clean them up and then glue them to pins if i need a handle.
For my space marines I glue the torso, legs and head together and paint them. Then I put on the backpack to paint it. Then I paint the arms and bolter seperately and once they are done I glue them on the mini.
I've done similar with Necrons Warriors glueing the Torso, Legs and head together then assemble the arm with gun then paint and add all the pieces together. Not only does this make the painting easy you can easily file down the mould lines without having to make the job too difficult. I tend to leave a uncovered spot where the pieces will glue together.
I believe what he is suggesting, is the same thing I mentioned above. Clip the piece from the sprue, use your hand drill to make a small hole (where you will be connecting said piece to the body of the figure), then glue a paper clip, or toothpick into the hole. (also called "pinning") Then you can attach the other end of the paper clip or toothpick to a temporary base (I use bottle caps from 20 oz pop bottles). This will give you a place to hold the subject piece and manipulate it while painting, without actually having to grasp the actual piece itself. After it is done, use your snips to cut off most of the clip or toothpick, drill a hole in the main body where you want the piece attached and the glue it all togetherWhat do you mean glue them to a pin?? Is it literally gluing it to a pin or does it mean something else? iv'e hobbied for a long time, but i guess i need to brush up on my terms. haha
P.S. Home Depot sells a nice set of files that are identical to the set that I have for about $16.00. Go to their web site and enterthe key words "Hobby file set"
Last edited by Thom1111; February 21st, 2010 at 15:52. Reason: added post script
Personally, I wouldn't recommend it. You're never gonna clip it so neatly that there are no burrs to file off. Also, mold lines are a lot easier to remove AFTER you've taken the pieces off the sprue.
Now, painting before fully ASSEMBLING the model is a totally different story. I do this all the time. The above advice will help you hold the bits steady while you paint them.
I usually clip the model from the sprue, clean up the pieces and then partially assemble it. After that just paint as you go.
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