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how should I assemble and paint? Like, paint everything seperate then glue? glue on everything but the arms, paint and THEN glue the arms on? Or just assemble the whole thing and try to get in behind the pulse rifle and arms to the chest armour (on Fire Warriors).
What do I dooo?
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It depends on your style
For a quick job - assemble, prime and paint
For a more precise job - any thing that will obstruct the chest/arm should be set aside, primed separately and painted then assembled. Of course this will require additional work to "fix" or touch up areas that are affected by assembly.
I assemble the body and them leave the rest off and paint them separately. Then when all is painted I put it all together.
Why use science and education when ignorance and superstition will work just as well.
I usually assemble everything, then prime them all, then paint them. I can get a good looking table top mini, although they are nothing near Golden Deamon quality, but I don't aim for that. I just want something that looks impressive on the table.
In the end though, it comes down to preference. I find it really hard to paint and arm that’s floating around by itself, but much easier if its attached to something.
Why not try both ways, and see which one you prefer?
I also attach the legs and torso and then paint everything else separately. on the plastics I apply a liquid mask to the glue joints and then prime and paint them. This way I can peel off the liquid mask and use plastic cement to get a perfect bond on the joints when putting them together. It is a little extra step but makes sure that the figure is more durable.
I am in the process of putting together an article on how I paint figures (step by step) with pictures so that you can see exactly what it looks like - but it may not be done for a few weeks!
As stated above it really depends on how much time you want to spend on a figure. Painting it separate usually yields a much better more detailed paint job and is much easier to get paint on the right areas. Assembling them completely gets you a quicker paint job but it is harder to get paint to some areas of the model and it can be aggrivating and hard on your brushes.
One trick to painting them when fully assembled is to cover the areas not readily visible with black paint that way if you can't really reach a spot with color it is usually dark and blends in anyway. That way unless it is picked up and closely inspected it will look just fine.
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