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Does anyone ever paint their models unassembled, like put on the undercoat while the models are still on the spurs? Which method is better anyhow, I think I might paint models unassembled.
Also, when painting the Black Legion, will they still look good if you leave the chaos black under coat over the black areas and just paint over the gold trims, red eyes, the white horns and other things that aren't black?
Painting unassembled models is easier because you can reach all the different parts (alhough I would suggest removing from the sprue otherwise you will ahve unpainted patches where it was attatched. However it tends to take (much) longer. It is also difficult if you are trying to add shading, because some recesses on the model are made when two bit are stuck together.
The best method (without considering time or effort), is probably to pain the basic colours whilst it is apart, glue it together, touch up any bits then do shading.
If you spray the undercoat it is a different colour to the black paint (its more matte), so it might stand out if you have to neaten it up. This is easily solved by spraying it, then drybrushing it with the other black (but uses paint). This essentially adds a second layer but does it quicker and uses less paint than a second kayer.
Hope thsi helps.
People are torn on this topic. Some fully assemble and ignore any areas they can't reach, others part assemble but leave areas open to reach everywhere and some like to paint them on the sprue. There are pros and cons to all of them. The first means all you need to do is paint what can be seen, and don't have to worry them or having to assemble later. The problem with this method can be that areas you might have skipped over could show and spoil the view. The second method - and the one I subscribe to - you make sure the mini is mostly assembled but can still access the hard to reach areas. The problem with this method is that should you paint an area that will be glued, it might not work that well as the glue will not has a good surface to grip on to. There is also the chance of messing up the paint job if you are not careful. The third option, on the sprue has the benefits of the section option without having the mini to hold. It also has the draw backs of it and a couple more. The fact you need to cut the mini free still means you risk damaging the paint job, and on top of that there will be parts on the mini - where it was held to the sprue - that will leave a grey plastic mark which will need fixing.
Personally, I would say that the second method is the best. It allows you to get to all the areas you need (for example leaving off a space marines bolter will allow you to paint the chest eagle) with minimal problem, and the attaching of later parts aren't always that difficult if you are careful with the painting and the amount of glue used.
I agree with sancraer the undercoat is OK, but you would be better off with a layer of chaos black or the armour first. It will look a bit better and help to cover any areas that the undercoat might have missed.
Yes, I think the 2nd one sounds better, I did overlook this missing parts. I was thinking of asembling the chest area at home, take the rest of the spurs, get the undercoat form Games Workshop the next day when the glue is dry, then finish painting them at home. That's for the infintry anyhow.