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Do you fully assemble and glue your models together before you primer them or after? I want mine to look top notch. In the past I have always glued my stuff together and then painted and primered them assembled.
you primer after you paint? for marines i assemble torso, legs, base. then i spray the assembly. after that i spray the arms, shoulder pads, and weapon. remember to trim flash or you will look like a bummish noob. sorry about that. ive torn apart minis that i painted nicely to trim flash. i am that much of a fanatic.
Either way should work adequately. You will have more control if done separately. The one thing to keep in mind when doing things separate is to keep the glue points free from paint so that they bond better. This is especially true with plastic. I would assembly any multi-parts ahead of time and clean any flash/mold lines and definitely test fit the entire model.
I found that Vallejo has a liquid mask that works very well for covering the "raw" edges of the figure.
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It really depends on the model as to how much I assemble before priming and painting. For a space marine model, I generally assemble the body without arms or head. I then assemble the arms/weapons as a unit. I then take a piece of sprue about 4" long, and with a very small dab of superglue, put the arms and head on separate pieces. I sharpen the other end of the sprue to a point, and stick it into a piece of styrofoam (sp?) for priming and painting. The sprue allows all sides of the pieces to be primed at once, and acts as a handle when painting the details. When everything's dry, snap off the head and arms from their sprue handles, and attach to the body. Touch up the paint if necessary after final assembly, and spray with fixative. (Two coats gloss, one coat dullcoat.)
This method allows all details such as the chest eagle to be easily painted. Faces are also easier (for me) when I can move them around to all angles by holding the sprue/handle. Just be sure that you don't put too much glue on the sprue, or you'll damage the part trying to remove it for final assembly.
i usually assemble everything except weapon arms( and weapons, for pendantic people ) always works a treat. i use the same way blue meanie. the sprue stalk. its a great way to keep fuss to a minimum.
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Depends on what I'm building. I always dry fit all the pieces of the mini/model I'm working on before actual construction begins, and any pieces that look like they'll be hard to get to once they're in place I'll prime and paint separately. For example, with Tau Firewarriors, I prime the arms separate from the body and then don't attach them until the rest of the body is painted, because the pulse rifle blocks brush access to the chest armor in a lot of the FW poses.
Last edited by Variant; February 23rd, 2006 at 13:54.