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My Cadian IG army is almost complete and I am sort of at a crossroads with two problems.
1. For better or worse I am a perfectionist and I feel my old tanks look like junk. Especially since I've been reading up on airbrushing and advanced weathering techniques done by some of the 'pros' in magazines like Fine Scale Modelling. I feel like just throwing them out, but that's sort of expensive (2 basilisks and 3 LRBTs sort of hit the wallet hard). I tried my hand at stripping paint from these tanks but I wasn't happy with the results, and the only other thing I could think of would be to turn them into wrecks for gaming purposes.
2. I enjoy the hobby side of warhammer more than the gaming side, but I really can't get into painting, scratch building or modelling anything but IG. I have 2 display cases full of my Cadians and I don't think I can fit another IG Army in .
So, maybe I sound a little dumb on this one, but has anyone else been here and figured out a solution?
I also realize that as a person gets better at painting you will probably always feel like your old models are junk, but I'm having a hard time cutting my losses and throwing them out. and every time I look at them I feel like I could do much better now.
Any ideas with dealing with this is greatly appreciated..this has been bugging me for some time.
You could always sell them.. obviously not for as much as you paid, But that will allow another modeler the opportunity to get some secondhand pieces to work on..
Did you paint with acrylics or enamels? If enamels (thinner-based model paints) just hit it with some thinner and a toothbrush and just slightly work down the surface to allow another primer coat and you can start over with no problems. I have done this on old models when my skills improved and I wanted a better looking model.
For acrylics, I have not stripped any of these, but there are other threads regarding stripping acrylics. I think they suggest a soak in Simple Green then a scub with the toothbrush. As long as you bring down the surface coat a little and keep it cleaned off to not hide any detail you will be OK for a new primer coat (suggest flat enamel for this) and then you will have a new pallet to paint on!
I guess I could sell them. I didn't think I'd get much for them, but I guess a few bucks is better than nothing.
I did try the simple green method and it works fairly well except in some of the tight areas and on the tracks. The tracks still have some paint in them, but maybe it would just look like mud if I painted it right.
Maybe I'll try strip them and if the paint doesn't look up to par I can always sell them on ebay.
I guess that's how learning how to paint goes!
Yep. You'd be surprised what you can sell - no matter the standard of painting. Just don't be too greedy - accept what people will pay not what you think they should.
As for stripping, unless you've got experience with it (on metals) - plastic minis can be hard to strip without damaging the plastic itself. It's quite time consuming and you must be sure to clean them properly afterwards so that you leave no trace of the stripper on them. If they're metal, just drop 'em in a jam jar with some appropriate paint stripper and wait a day or two - the paint should just fall off but you can give them a little shake occasionally to help dislodge 'em. Finally leave the jar in a dry safe place away from animals and kids.
I'll certainly be selling my old BA models once I've replaced them - I don't want to leave myself short of an army beforehand! You'll be amazed what tat sells on eBay, if that can sell then I don't see why our semi-decent old stuff won't
For the paint that is still in the nooks and crannys, use the back side of your X-acto, and scrape it away... Be gentle as you don't want to gouge or score the plastic.
As for the tracks.. Yes it could be repainted to look like mud, or again you could scrape away using a small needle file.
If you choose to repaint after this, make sure you weather them, and any residual paint should be obscured. If you sell them, make sure to advertise that they are assembled, and recently stripped of paint. if you get 50-75% of the original cost, then you are still making out. And people should be willing to pay that to supplement their army. Afterall, it is still cheaper than GW will sell them for. And face it, most beginning hobbyist are short on funds.