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I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about assembling/painting whatever army I decide to start on.
I've heard from a few sources that it's better to paint individual pieces (arms, legs, etc.) and then glue the pieces together?
But the way I've done all my previous attempts I have put them together and them just painted what I could.
Which way is considered easier?
And are there ways to make it easier to paint them as pieces or as a whole?
There are certainly pieces that I do not glue on because it hides areas and makes it difficult to paint, i.e. shield, riders on mounts, capes, etc. But, I do assemble the model to a great extent. I find that painting the base color on multiple pieces may not be a problem, but washes, shadows & highlights could be hard to match if it was not all one piece.
Well here are some points to keep in mind.
1) Metal models are engineered to be one piece (or only a couple add ons) That is why they are easy to paint even when mostly all glued together.
2) Plastic models have a high lvl of customization (and now are highly detailed). With this customization comes a higher lvl of difficulty of painting them when they are together.
Now I would ask this question, How much time do you want to spend on each model and to what lvl of detail do you want to paint to?
I will use Space Marine Tactical Marines for this example. They have a minimum of 9 pieces to make a standard marine. Head, Chest front/back, legs, left arm, right arm, back pack, left/right shoulder pad. If you add grenades, a bolt pistol, purity seals, or ornaments it goes up. If you glue everything together it would be (and is) difficult to paint. So for this example I would suggest the following steps if you want to be very detailed.
1) Glue the Chest Pieces together (do not put the back pack on). Glue the legs to the base. (Do not glue the chest on) You can glue the head on but I prefer to wait.
2) Get yourself some corks. I found mine at my local hardware store. Then streighten out a paper clip and stick it in the cork. These are going to be your stands
3) Take a hobby drill with a 1/32 drill bit and drill holes in the arms (the flat part that attaches to the model), bottom of the chest, bottom of the head, under side of the shoulder pad (be very careful not to drill a hole through the front I have been there done that lol), and in the backpack. Then add a small amount of glue to the hole, and stick it on the end of the paper clip. This will make it so that you dont have to touch them while painting.
4) Go Crazy painting. Get everything primed and painted till your happy with everything. All the pieces are separate so it will be easy to get to all the little pieces, highlight every piece of armor.
5) Now we get to glue everything together. Pose your guy they way that you want and There ya have it done.
Now for an faster process.
Really I would do all of the following steps above except. I would glue the chest, legs, backpack, and head together. Paint that, then paint the arms and glue them on. This is a faster way to do it but you will find that there are still some spots that are a little hard to highlight without getting paint on wha tyou have already finished.
Either of these methods are great. Like I said jsut depends on how much time and energy you want to put into the models.
I hope that makes sense, and helps you out some!
Thank you so much. I don't expect to be 'eavy metal quality but I would like them to look good. They both sound like good method
Lol sorry, I'm using the forum runner app on my iPhone and I accidentally hit the send button.
Sounds like some really good ideas that I will give a go. My main reason for asking is that my mate gave me some pre assembled IG troopers and I found it very odd trying to get into the nooks and cranies.
I really love these forums, I have learnt so much already that I never would have learnt from the codices and rule books.
Thank you again,
Love Forum Runner!
And glad you have learned a lot.