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In my rush to get a playable army, not necessarily painted, I assembled all of my Tau models....
...and then I realised, it's about 85% harder to paint these models when assembled then when unassembled.
I am currently playing around with using Gundam Markers, like The Celestial had used (check out the Tau gallery), and I feel like I can be doing a much, much better time with unassembled models. The job I'm doing now is, at best, mediocre and is a little too sloppy for my tastes, to be honest. But, I'm worried that if I try to break the models apart, I'll, well, break them, which is usually the case.
What can I do? Is my only option just to strut it out and make best with what I have?
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As for your current situation. If they are all plastic you are probably out of luck. Chances are you will break them trying to pull them apart. Plastic cement tends to bond the material together by melting them.
If they are metal models you stand a better chance. If you have the GW sculpting tool (or any thin metal tool) you could see if you can slip it into the joint at all and try to "leverage" it apart. Aside from that you could try to pull it apart by grasping as close to the joint as possible. Just bear in mind that this could very easy cause the parts to bend and even snap.
You might end up just having to trudge it out. Go slow and you should be fine. Try turning the model upside down or at different angles to see if that make it easier to get a paintbrush to go in to where you need it. Also maybe take some very watered down black paint and/or ink and run it into the recesses that are hard to get to create the "illusion" of a dark shadow - this helps hide the fact that you can't really reach it.
Hope this helps!
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wow i have actually never heard of that conundrum... i personally find it a lot easier to paint an assembled model as you don't have to paint the edges of the part you have just glued. but if you personally prefer that i would definatly follow sloraks painting guide (mike is a great painter from what i've seen on this site).
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With my Tau, I can't get in to detail their chest, etc. and I don't have very good paint brushes.. also, the Gundam Markers I bought for them aren't exactly the most fine-tipped things in the world, so it's hard to get them in to places. *sigh* I'll be having a mediocre army, it seems... 100% plastic, not a metal model in sight of my army.
I'll try to strut it out.. I've completed three "okay" Fire Warriors and almost a Devilfish, though the Devilfish is annoying... getting to the point where I'm just going to barely detail it. As long as it's tabletop quality and doesn't necessarily look bad, that's okay with me. I'm only going to 1000 points anyways.
i use that sticky tack stuff (used to stick stuff up on walls) in the assembly places (where the arms glue on and such) when i prime it so i dont have to scratch off anything to assemble later. the only reason i paint it before assembly is that im a perfectionist... well to a degree.
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You can try choping off the limbs I guess. Next time for the fire warriors just leave the gun off, that way you can get to the chest easily.
With Marines, Tau and anything where a long arm (lasrifle, pulse rifle, boltgun) comes across the chest I always half-assemble the figure - torso on legs on the base, and then prime, undercost and paint. Then the arms go on, then the weapon (if separate), prime, undercoat and paint those, and finally the head, which I will have painted separately already.
If the mini has a fairly 'open' pose, chances are I will put the arms on before I paint the whole thing.
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Not that it helps you Nemy, but I tend to work as per Aun, how well are arms glued? can you pull them off???
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The Tau arms are flat surface joints. Use an X-Acto knife and slice/pry the joint apart from the top down. So long as you aren't pulling up on the arm, you shouldn't have any breakage. As for the rest of the model, I'd leave it assembled. The only awkward part should be trying to get under the left shoulder plate. But if you tackle this first you can get by with being a little messy.
The arms are glued on pretty tightly... I may try to use an X-Acto to slice the arms off, but I don't want to accidentally cut the actual plastic too much. Also, the arm with the shoulder pad will be annoying to do that with, as the shoulderpad is a separate piece, and that arm is holding (not glued, though) most of the Pulse Rifles, not necessarily attached but enough to make it cumbersome.
The models I've done already don't look horrible - they look good from far enough away, then the closer you get the more you can see the lack of detail/slight sloppiness, but I think it's tabletop quality.