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I know that in all the codexes and stuff they asemble THEN paint, I just can't get over how much of a pain in the *** that is. So I undercoat my pieces while the're still on thier sprue, then I group the pieces so that each group will assemble 1 model, then i paint them in 3-5 groups at a time in an assembly line then I assemble.
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How do you guys do it??? Tips and trick would be nice too
I've thought about that, but it leaves no room for conversion and you need to be really careful with the superglue so it doesn't spill onto the painted areas. Plus I'm lazy and prefer to have assembled models at least, I don't often get around to painting.
So yeah I glue them together first. Most things aren't too bad, if I know something is going to be awkward I leave it off to paint first. Like guns, my daemon prince, shields and the black coach.
I have lots of models so when I am balancing bits waiting for them to dry I just lean them on other models. Also if you glue just the legs to the base it is easier than gluing the whole model onto it, work from the ground up.
i almost always paint the models before i assemble them. i never use unpainted models in games. after assembly, i simply touch up what ever might have been messed up by the glue
and you can get accelerant that dries the glue instantly. works really good, you just spray on one part, and put glue on the other, then put them together. dried instantly.
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Oh yeah I have that stuff, it also smells bad and is really dangerous to humans with all the chemicals in it. But it does work extremely well.
I always model first, I can get a feel for the models stance and any extras that need to be added, then make any changes with some green stuff and a knife... The model may change once or twice before priming. This is almost always the case for HQ/single model units.
For large groups eg IG squads, I spend little time modelling, get the squad prepared, glued then ready to Prime all at once and use a "factory" style painting.
Thats my 2p's worth anyhoo *L*
- Remove from sprues
- File flash, etc.
- Wash in detergent
- Rinse in clean water
- Wash with clean water
- Paint model
- Satin Varnish
- Apply base flock, paint base
- Matte Varnish
- Apply magnets
There are pros and cons to doing it either method. As stated above painting on the sprue severly hinders any greenstuff work give that it will go over more than 1 piece. Also makes it hard to fill gaps, etc. - the trade-off being a quicker paint time.
putting the model completly together gives you an idea of what the finished model will look like and allows for easy correction of errors. Downside is you sometimes have hard to reacy places with the brush.
I personally prefer to assemble as much of the model as necessary that will not distract form painting and then test fit any parts and make any needed greenstuff repair. Then I remove the parts and paint them separately. If the model is positioned as such to where there is not real disadvantage to painting it fully assembled I will just go ahead and fully assemble it.
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It really depends on the model. I actually prefer to assemble troop type models completely before painting them, just because in the event an area is difficult to reach, I don't mind a little less detail in the area since I'm not painting most troops to win a Golden Daemon or anything. For HQs, vehicles, etc, I'll generally assemble the model as much as possible before painting. For instance, with a dread, I'll assemble the upper torso, legs, and arms, and then paint each seperately before putting them together. This makes it much easier to reach every spot, but also allows me to get a better feel for how the overall model will look and such.
I assemble up to the body (legs & torso) leaving off the head & arms so they don't interfere with my painting. Once the body is finished I paint the head and then glue it onto the torso. At this time I clean-up/paint-up/detail-up anything that I think needs it and paint the arms & such. Again, attached said appendages and repeat the process. I give te model a good looking at and twak the paint job as neccessary. Haven't had any problems with glue or mismatching color shades, etc. Currently working on a forgeworld Winged Hive Tyrant & have completed the torso & head...working on the wings and scything talons and will post a pic when finished.
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For my standard Chaos Marines, I assemble the whole thing and then paint them. My view is that if they're assembled at least you can use them.
For Heavy Weapon totin' marines (like Havocs) I stick the whole thing together but leave the weapon off and paint it seperately.
I've left my Dreadnought in peices (Upper torso, legs, and arms), my Rhino is currently in peices but I think i'll just go ahead and assemble it cos I dunno if I can be bothered painting the inside.
- Watch this space.