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So I bought a Predator today, along with a Veteran squad but that I can do myself. This is my first tank, I don't want it to look bad, goin for the destructor set up. Whats a good way to start it? Its still attached into the sprues so I was thinking of using a primer while its still in the sprues, spraying every peice. Or should I put it together then primer it then start painting it?
If you primer and paint it on the sprue - you will end up with a lot of re-touching of paint to do when you clip and have to clean the mold lines. It is easier to clip, clean, and assemble the model beforehand.
As for painting vehicles the best ways to get smooth even paint is to use spray paint or an airbrush. Barring that keep your paints really thin, use a larger brush and take your time. Several thin, smooth coats will look a heck of a lot better than an irregular, streaky, thick coat.
you should paint it on the sprue, makes things a whole lot easier:yes:
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When it comes to tanks I tend to prime them in the sprue, clip them out, do most of the basic assembly like the frame, and then put on the paint. I paint the weapons, hatches, add-ons, etc seperately.
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I would suggest only painting on the sprue if you don't care if the model has mold lines, irregular gouges where you clipped it from the sprue, and if you don't care if it fits well together. Being a plastic model the best adhesive is plastic cement that may not work as well when the model is covered in paint.
I strongly recommend against painting on the sprue. You aren't really saving yourself much time and since they cost a whole lot more than other things why throw your money away for the good possibility of a shoddy outcome!
A light spray of Roughcoat or most other textured spraypaints help. Especially if you're going to be drybrushing tanks. Turns an ordinarily flat lifeless surface into a point of interest.
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Listen to Slorak about painting tanks on the sprue - it is a bad idea.
If you want a nice, clean finish on your tank then I would use a large brush and paint on several coats of thinned paint. Wash you model beforehand to remove any mould release fluid. Also, taking time to paint scratches and mud onto the tank gives it that "lived in" look that can add an edge to your model.
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i know a someone who painted a tank whilst it was still on the spur, turned out to be a good paint job, but when he assembled it, it looked terrible and some of the pain didnt match or blend. its a bad idea to do it on the spur.
the best thing to do is to just paint it thinly with several coats from a tank brush. really thin coats.
My usual way is basic assembly, pinning (without gluing in the pins permamently for the moment), painting and then putting it all together.
In the ideal world, go to the US GW site and look under IG, Treadheads article part 2 - that tells you how to paint a tank, but you need an airbrush. If you dont have one, as Slorak says, painting on the sprue is not the bes way, but it does depend on your painting skills, as a general rule, use a big brush and several thin coats
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