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my friend paints all of his models on the sprues and i cant see any advantages to doing this.does anyone else find this any easier ?
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?sprues? what is a sprues?Originally Posted by Tygra
Originally Posted by AndEng
emm...he means sprues as in the outer plastic that holds the mintures when you buy them in the box sets..Anyways I have tryed it but its just the same but can make it abit easier if you dont like to get your hands dirtywhich i like to .
Well I did this sorta, like i kinda paint on the spruce, and i'll give you the advantages and disadvantages
Painting on the Spruce allows you to get to those hard to reach places with ease
You can add detail to every side before glueing
You have a lower chance of screwing up (Like I mean, you dont have to worry about screwing up a different part of the model)
Its great for doing Tanks, or big models (my dreadnoughts are always done this way but i remove it off the spruce, and i dont assemble it, you can do either way)
Disadvantages: The Ones I Really Hate
You can screw up when you glue them together, as your paint can blister if some how your pieces fall off, it happens to me alot
Once you remove the piece you might have to file down the nips (nips being to me the piece you break off and sometimes you get the left over plastic *dont phrase me on this*)
Filing after painting, you could as well just screw up and accidently file off some of your paint
Depending on the type of model, its harder to do with like Eldar since their arms are way thin and glueing can actually screw up the paint job
I believe it might take more time to do, cuz u first have to spray the spruce, then paint each part, then cut them out with care, then file, then paint those filed pieces, then glue, then you might have to carefully paint the pieces around where you glue..
you paint pieces that dont even see
Like all the people at GW always tell me, whats the point of doing that if your painting places where people dont look at.
I think theres more, but if people want to add to this go ahead
But how do you get rid of the mould lines, donâ€™t have a better word for it. The little edge that you always get on you miniature.
I've done it... you do it that way to do most of the model and later when you remove it you do a bit of touch up work. Otherwise if you want you can cut it off so that you have part of the sprue attached to a part of the piece that will be glued and later when you cut it you will have a clean surface for the glue and it gives you something to hold onto while you paint the model
I don't see a significant advantage to painting right off the sprue. It would be better to clip them from the sprue and clean them of flash before priming and painting them. A better way of doing it without fully assembling the models is to partially assemble them so that all the detail areas you will be painting are visible then glue them together completely when done. This way you don't have to worry about missed mold lines (especially in 2 part pieces) and any other problems associated with painting on the sprue.
I have found that vallejo makes a liquid mask that has worked very well for me in regards to painting it over glue areas. Then I prime, paint, and peel off the liquid mask and glue the model together. Works great!
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I use to paint off of the sprue when I had lots of similar parts that needed to be painted the same color (damn gaunts!) and found it useful only for base painting. I agree with Slorak IMO painting partially assemble is usually the best as you can get to those places that are hard to reach and limit the possibility of screwing up your paint job with having to glue every little peice together.Originally Posted by slorak
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I prime on the sprue, clip off, clean flash, prime parts neededing it with a brush, then paint unassembled. Well, thats how I've done the one figurine I've finished so far. I cant imagine painting this with its arms on. With the base I attatch without glue to check positioning of the rocks.
I've got some nifty little tweezers I picked up at the flea market. They open when you sqeeze them instead of the other way around. With no pressure applied the jaws hold a piece very firmly, keeps my fingers off of them.
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Personally I think it's a bad idea. Having to tidy up after cutting them off the sprue is a bit of a waste of time. It really is quicker and easier to put them together first and then paint. Although I will say that putting them together partially can help- i.e leaving off bolters and maybe shoulder plates on marines.
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