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I am currently building a 40K Eldar army. i have had previous experience painting fantasy and a little bit of other miniature stuff. with the eldar army i have a little problem. the areas undernether arms and stuff i cannot reach with a brush. my idea was the paint on the sprue and then glue them together (i currently use platic weld).
i spoke with a friend of mine and he stated that it would complicate things with glueing and the paint/undercoat being applied and a few other things.
Do you guys think it is a good idea to paint on the sprue, and if so what are some idea to remove the most common headaches? should i just paint when fully together because of assembly problems later? i am going to undercoat the majority of my remainding units in black, so missingin a few places on an assembled figure might not be too bad if that is an easier approach.
I have painted miniatures on the sprues before and have come across problems. Yes, it is easier to get to those hard to reach places but really for me I found that the removal of the pieces is the major downside. But this I mean, when you cut (via modelling knife or clippers) the individual pieces of miniature from the sprue you will be left with a blank grey section that has not been painted. Thus, you would need to undercoat and then go over it to match the rest. Which is a great pain, and not worth the hassle.
Generally, the accepted way to paint a miniature is to assemble it in the main but leave parts that might block access to other areas off. For example, on a space marine you leave the bolter off because it will mean you won't be able to reach the chest. Same with the backpack. Or with fantasy, you leave the shields off, etc.
I would suggest you look how to assemble it as much as possible but leave bits off so you can reach certain areas.
what about the plastic weld, does the undercoat/paint cause a problem with that? will it not glue right? do i scrap off any paint? ideas?
I would still remove the parts from the sprue. Just as Kuffy said you end up doing more work in the long run - extra time cutting them off the sprue so as to not mar your paintjob, having to go back and touch up. Those areas won't be primed, etc.
As for painting them - there are several ways to go about it. Usually I just hold a part of the figure paint it and when dry hold the other end and continue... If you don't want to touch it you can always drill a small hole into the joint (the part that will be glued to the rest of the model) and insert a pin and mount it on a cork or something similar. White glue or blue tack is usually enough to hold it in place.
I am pretty sure that the plastic cements will melt right through the acrylics. However again if you are worried about it - you can go get a liquid mask (usually found at an art supply store - though vallejo makes one that comes in a smaller "hobby sized" container). brush this on with an old brush to the joints and prime and paint. Then when finished the liquid mask peels off leaving the exposed plastic. Then you can glue away and if any joints show through a quick touch up at the seams.
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