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hey guys ive heard that painting befreo you actually assemball the model is better, but i assemball then paint, witch one is acctually better....
assemble then paint, definately.
If you paint then assemble, when the time comes to build it, marks will appear on where the joint was made to the sprue. Youll have small dot marks, with no paint on the mini. Also it will be difficult to remove mould lines whilst the model is still on sprue.
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what whiteshield said is 100% true.
maybe for basic thigns like guns or arms, they could pass on without too much problems.. but..its all on preference, i paint on made figures just fine...
It is normally better to assemble your models then paint.
On the other hand, there are some instances though when it might be better to paint parts before you assemble them. This is normally due to not being able to easily get to certain parts of the model after it is assembled. Some examples are the inside of a transports or the chest eagle on a space marine (bottom can be blocked by bolter). These instances I would advise painting before assembly. Just use your best judgment.
Hope that helps
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I was painting then assembling at first, and that worked for what I was painting luckily but I've switched when I ran into some problems lately. I was looking at the freshly pinned and primered pieces of a Wolfen Predator of Blood and I realized I was going to need to use some filler on some of the joints. Woops...so I had to scrap the paint off of the areas, apply the filler, and then RE prime the assembled unit. An extra thick primer coat is the result of me trying to paint before assembling.
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I guess you can get the shading/highlighting better after assembly as well.
It depends both on the model, and what you are painting "for."
Take a Space Marine - with the bolter leveled across his chest, the Eagle becomes almost impossible to paint. If the backpack is on, it's a pain in the neck to get transfers - or freehand details - on the shoulder pads. So I'll generally leave the guns and backpack off, paint those seperate, and then glue them on at the end.
Now look at a Black Templar - with their crazed arms-out-to-the-sides poses, you can get to just about everything after it's assembled. BUT - I find it's easier to leave the shoulder pads off so I can prime the body black, and the pads white.
Now - what are you painting for? If you're painting a gaming army, and want to get the models from blister to table as quickly as possible, then stick the whole thing together. If you can't get to it with a brush after that, you won't be able to see it from the tabletop anyway!
If you're painting for competition or display, however... I tend to leave much of it seperate, assembling at the end, ensuring that I can get my brush into every niggly detail.
So look at each model on a case-by-case basis, and come up with a plan of attack that best suits the model.
personnaly I go half way, to take marines as an example, I will remove from the sprue, trim, glue the body together, attach teh legs and base, but then will paint. Thos only adverse effect I would say is painted undercoat is then on the armto body joins, so glue tends to be less effective
Everything you have been told is a lie!
I always build then paint my models, though with my current painting skill it would be better to paint then build.
Building the models first also affects the painting, you would have severe difficulty taking shadows into account if you painted a model on the sprue.
Ack - Let me clarify - I never paint on the sprue (well... tank treads, sometimes).
I always remove everything, and clean each and every stinking mold line with an X-Acto. If I want to paint a piece seperate, I'll attach some sort of painting handle (usually involving brass rod and a soda bottle top...). The sprue joins on many GW sprues are just way too... "Solid"... for trying to delicately remove after a piece is painted - take the risks BEFORE applying paint, rather than ruin all your work!