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I've been told that I need to clean my models and remove mold lines. However, I have two painted tac squads I didn't do this for. Is it a big deal if I didn't wash them (will the paint chip off)? If I go back and clean the mold lines, can I just repaint the model long the scratches? Or will the lack of a primer undercoat cause issues along those lines? The models are plastic if it's of any consequence.
Its not a huge deal unless you want them to look ultra good. You could go back, shouldnt be to hard to touch up. But at this point most likely more trouble then its worth.
I agree with dethula. As far as washing models is concerned I've never washed a single one of mine and havnt had any problems (and that's over a 14 year stretch). If you use foundation paints for the base colours then you will have no problems touching them up if you do decide to clean off but I would suggest using a bit of painted on black if not just to keep the colours looking the same.
I'm with Commissar.... In 18 years of gaming (Jesus it's been that long?) I've never had to wash my models. The models are generally covered in some form of oil that makes normal paints really hard to paint over it. However that's if you're painting directly onto plastic, If you're using Undercoat (spray) it shouldn't be a problem.
As for getting rid of mold lines. I would otherwise those little lines can prevent models fitting together properly. I know some people that don't and I know some people that are so OCD with removing mould lines that they spend more time removing them than anything else.
the "cleaning" can be somewhat in portent on metal miniatures, as they tend to chip more then plastic, also if you are ever going to buy a resin model, like forge world, then cleaning is a must. Still metal can be ok if you spray paint but sometimes they have a strange oil layer that can be a problem so I always wash metal minis but I have never wash plastic. As for mould lines I agree what the others have sad, but I should not remove the lines after the paint job is finish.
Keep the paint diluted and thin :)
(first rule in Zentradis book of painting)
Never had washed,either metal or plastic minins.Not that i am against it,but i never had any problems so far.
As far as mold lines go,id say try to remove them before you paint.If you have the models finished now i wouldnt bother except if there were gross.
Mold lines harm the realism of the model more than anything.But if you dont care for it then leave them.
Its a choice really,just like anything else
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