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i am pretty new at this game, i have only painted 8 imperial guard shock troops, 3 tatical marines and 5 knights of gondor. i was wondering should i build the model or paint the first. so far i have painted them first and it has come out ok. any suggestions?( i am painting 12 cadian shock troops, a tatcial squad of marines and some 25 or so 'nids)
Last edited by the fighting 69th; December 20th, 2005 at 16:37.
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well i'm one of the very few people i know of who paint the model first. Umm, I think it is just personal preference, I like it because i don't leave any underarms or tight squeezes out... If you are going to do it theis way and you've painted overwhere glue is going to be just scrape a bit away with file/sandpaper/scrape with knife... this is so that you have plastic glued to plastic not paint glued to paint... It will be stronger
That makes 2 of us, I will usually trim a model and part assemble it before painting, it depends if assembly stops me getting to some areas or atleast makes access difficult, classically with marines for example I will attach the legs to the base, the body to the legs but paint the rest seperate unless the helmet is going to be the same colour in which case I may add that
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I paint the model first then I glue them together. How can you paint those tight places if there is a arm in the way. Sometimes I put some of the pieces together, but only if I still can paint the hole miniature.
I usually glue everything together except for the gun in the models hands if he his holding it close to his chest, like a bolter. For pistols and swords that are not in close to the chest I paint after they are assembled. I do this because I find it easier to prime everything assembled. If ever I feel the need to paint something where I feel say, an arm will be in the way, I assemble it with very little glue on that arm, prime it, break the arm off after, paint then reattach the arm. It's all about comfort I guess.
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I always build first, then paint. My personal view is that if you can't reach it to paint, you can't see it, either. Plus, with a black undercoat, anything you don't paint just looks like a shadow, anyway.
By no means is this an edict, just my method.
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I build some of the model before painting.
I build the body and paint, excluding spots where I glue the arms and legs and head to the model.
I somewhat do a combination of both, I don't like seeing spots I cannot paint so, sorta do that for all my models.
I'm like RJSuperfreaky, I assemble the entire model and then undercoat and paint. I think it's a bit like "cheating" when painting each part before assembly.
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I will usually assemble most or all of the model before painting. However I have recently tried a new method. I have been using Vallejo liquid mask to cover the glue points on the figure (so far just the plastic figures). I then primed and painted all of the parts separately.
The mask was very easy to remove and left the exposed plastic. these areas were easily glued together with plastic cement leaving the figure completely painted. Any touch ups needed at the joints was really not a big deal.
I did however assemble the model as much as possible without obscuring details.
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ditto, if you can see it, why paint it, ya never going to take it apart or anything. beside i can paint those hard to reach areas.Originally Posted by RJSuperfreaky