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Hey every one i'm still a relative newb to the whole 40k thing, and i was looking to pick your brain about putting the models together. So basically I started with nids I would assemble prime then paint, a couple friends suggested putting it all together should be the last thing I do. And with all those nooks and crannies on Nid's it seems very true. But hey i wanna get that army assembled ASAP so i can start wreaking some DE havok. So whats y'all's Build order? TIA
im thinking this would have gone in the "MODELLING" category, but ive made the same mistake:drinking:
im honestly a more "PUT TOGETHER, PRIME, PAINT"
but i guess its ALL on preference?
honestly if u have the basic painting skill, order really doesnt matter. and unlike Nids
DE models dont have NEARLY as many gaps,nook, and crannies lol
so IMO id go for way you where
(but on the other hand, if you neglect to paint over the primed areas, and its a primary glue point, the primer will make it QUITE difficult for you to peice together)
Hope it Helps
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I had trouble understanding what was asked when I first saw this post bit no longer, thanks to LoCura_XV3.
I personally did every thing in distinct stages for about 5000points of Dark Eldar (I know, I am crazy but it was consistency that I craved here.)
All the bases were freed from the sprue and cleaned up and allocated a 35 mm film canister for troops or a fishing tackle compartment for Reavers and such and vehicles went back into their original box. That’s the stage one for bases, all 5000pts worth.
Then I separated all the body parts and cleaned them up with a razor knife and filed them with their respective bases. Any second hand metal models were stripped with paint stripper twice and scrubbed with an old toothbrush and a new base supplied for them.
All this should take at least 6 months of spare time at that points level!
Then I washed all metal parts with hot soapy water to remove any mould release agent or grease that may have stayed behind after casting and handling.
In squad groups for plastic troops, the bases are taken out and all legs are glued in place in varying poses. By the time that I finish 10 of these the glue on number 1 will have hardened enough to glue on the body and so forth on the heads. The arms are last and I try hard never to repeat the same pose twice.
Squad groups for metal models are super glued to their base in groups and when the glue has hardened enough I do a second gluing as I seem to have trouble with slotta bases not binding to white metal that well. Another tip is to slightly curve the metal strip on the bottom of the model so that it sits tighter into the slot made in the base and place the still wet models onto a nylon cutting board so the glue won’t stick to the surface they sit on.
Vehicles and Jetbikes are done the same way but the riders/ mounted models are not glued down yet as it’s easier to paint them later to a higher standard if they are loose.
Then the priming starts, I tend to lie the troops down on their sides, spray once and lightly air with a hair dryer and then flip them over to do the reverse side. This method allows the primer get under the model far better and avoids missed nooks and crannies that the upright method shown by GW tends to deliver.
I must stress that the less paint on the model the better as detail will be easily lost if you use spray paint as a filler. A light dusting, just enough to cover the original colour of the model is all that is needed.
Then I do the base colour next on the entire army as I have found that this influences the way the colour choice is determined for the model itself.
And on to the laborious topcoats, doing all the armour for 70 warriors, then all the blades etc, etc.
I find that there is not that much detail lost when assembling prior to painting with Dark Eldar due to the fact that we tend to use darker colours and much of finer mould lines are lost in shadow anyway.
Hope that helps a bit, Cheers.
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I follow a similar process to wickywacky1.
1) trim the bases
2) clean the mould and sprue lines off the model
3) glue the legs to the base
4) glue the torso to the legs
5) customize and glue on the head
6) customize the gun arm and glue it
7) customize the 'off hand' and glue it
9) base coat the armor
10) highlight the armor (usually dry brush)
11) paint the weapon and any trim pieces
12) paint the face
13) ink or wet wash if applicable (to settle into the crevacis and define the lines)
14) highlight anything that got too toned down or muddied by the wash
If it's a model with lots of flesh, like a wych, I'll highlight and finish the flesh before the armor so steps 10-14 vary on a per model basis.
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I blutack the legs to their bases, then assemble the models in cool poses.
Then paint without the legs being glued down as I find it easer to paint in trickier places, then glue the models together and base to finish.