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    Tight Spaces

    Hey guys,

    I'm not sure if this is the correct spot. But I was wondering how you guys deal with tight spaces on your models. I have recently been painting up my ork boyz (I'm very slow and never thought about how long it would take me to paint a horde army! haha). I just finished up 30 sluggas.... not too bad as their arms/weapons are farther from the body. But now I'm getting to my 2 mobs of shoota boys and holy H*** is this tough to do! I already assembled and primed the models with arms together. I'm having a lot of trouble keeping the gun color and the skin/cloth color separate since once you get in that area it's close.

    So my question is what do you guys do?

    Do you leave the arms off and attach them after you paint?

    Do you just take your time and slowly go around the tight spots? Leaving some areas in their primer form (hoping nobody sees the bare spots)

    Another tactic that I don't know?

    Now I'm only going for table top quality, nothing overboard. But it does bother me to have some models look really sloppy, it's just what I notice. Also if you guys pick leaving the arms off, do you go to play with your buddies without any weapons on? My local gaming community isn't too strict on the topic, but just wondering. Thanks guys and hope to hear your answers


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    These days...

    With my space marines I leave the guns off, paint everything, then glue the guns on when I'm done so that nothing blocks me getting into those spaces.

    When I paint my necrons I leave the arms (and guns) off, so that I can see everything underneath it and can get to those tight spaces.

    When I started...

    I glued everything to start and just painted what I could see. Any place that I couldn't get a paintbrush to, I probably couldn't see too well anyways, so you can't really tell if you couldn't paint it because you can't see it,especially at tabletop distances.


    The difference being, I feel better about painting it without the guns on and getting to the inside parts, but there is no real difference when the model is sitting 3 feet away on a table amidst a squad of his brethren.

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    Those tight spaces can be a bit of a pain!

    To be honest, it entirely depends on the model I'm painting as to whether I paint it fully assembled or in parts, as some models you can still get to everything with no issues even when they're fully built.

    But if I do encounter some of those tight spots, ones that are really difficult to reach, I'll generally try and paint them first. By watering down the paint a fair bit you can just liberally apply it to the area in question, and that at least gets some colour in there and hopefully covers the primer. It may make a bit of a mess of the rest of the model but if its one of the first bits you do you can just tidy everything else up and get on with the rest of the paint job.

    Another option is just trying from heaps of different angles - you may be able to get to it from some point, although I'm sure this is something you've already tried!

    On the playing with models without arms - I'm sure if you said you were part way through painting things and were leaving the arms off for that purpose, almost everyone would tolerate it.
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    I paint nearly everything in bits. Although i do blue tack for airbrushing.

    Id say thining your paints to death and washing the area is the best idea though. Keep a spare wet (with water) brush handy incase you get it in the wrong place if you do soak it with the wet brush.

    I actually do all my painting with a huge tank brush in water ready.

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    Disassembled painting FTW! I paint the weapon separately, and the backpacks. That saves sooooo much headache and correcting. And actually painting the shoudlerpads separately would also improve the workflow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meph View Post
    Disassembled painting FTW! I paint the weapon separately, and the backpacks. That saves sooooo much headache and correcting. And actually painting the shoudlerpads separately would also improve the workflow.
    This and even moar.Disassembled everything,if it aint on the body already it will be painted separately and be glued afterwards.
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    Just the responses I assumed I would be getting! I guess I just just need to take my time and paint it properly as I would prefer to paint it all seperately and then glue them together. I just want to build up my army! Thanks for the responses guys this has helped me out a bunch

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