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I'm not sure if this is the right spot, or possibly in the hobby forums, so feel free to move this if need be I just thought Ork players would be the most understanding to my problem right now.
I have been collecting an Ork army for some time, but due to being up at college I only have time to assemble/paint them when i'm at home. I'm a super slow painter and it takes just the right occassions for me to get down into my basement and do any painting (I need to work on this) but I am always expanding my army. The problem I've ran into however is how daunting this is becoming. I have a ton of unpainted primed models, and even more un-constructed models still sitting in their boxes!
I tend to use super glue to make my models and it's becoming a pain when it comes to paint them to get underneath the arms, and tight spots. What do you other ork players do to get around this? Do you use PVA glue (which I still don't understand what is for it just seems to suck)? Do you just leave them in their boxes? Do you assemble their legs/bodies/heads but leave their arms until you have time to pain them? I really want to get more of my boyz assembled, and get my 3 boxes of lootas assembled too but i know i won't get around to painting them for months if not years haha. Thanks a bunch everyone!
I think the quick reply here is that when you're looking at painting a 30 man mob of boyz, assemble first, paint after. yes, there will be regions underneath the guns of shootaboyz where it becomes impossible to paint. these regions are also impossible to see. And when you're aiming at a squad of 30, the best you should be hoping for is good tabletop quality - they're not going to be golden demon entries. Pick a good color for their skin (green?) and them some good contrast on their clothes and they should pop as much as any 6 point model will!
thats just my take on it.
Its easy to go hog-wild and buy a bunch of models and not get around to painting them. Many if not most players have some unpainted or unassembled models laying around. I know I do!!! The key is limiting your purchases, an exercise in self-restraint.
I like to assemble most models before painting, but not always. It really depends on the model. sometimes leaving the arms off can be helpful. The problem here is that when you glue the pieces together after the glue can end up getting on the painted parts of models, forcing you to fix them, which can be irritating.
Another advantage to assembling your models before painting is that you can then use them in games. True, black-primed orks are much less impressive than painted ladz, but at least they're usable. Nothing worse than having unassembled models that aren't ever going to see game play!
However, one trick that I like is to leave a few models from each unit unassembled. I do this so I can mix and match new orky bits! Ork customizability is one of my favorite orky traits. Nothing like taking some heads from lootas and slapping them on some shoota boyz, swapping out bosspoles, or throwing dred bits on a trukk.
Hope this helps!
Hey this is just great guys thanks a bunch! Sorry if my initial post was a little sketchy, i'm terrible at phrasing things and tend to ramble on haha. I really wanted to see what you guys did, either assemble/prime and then paint them later, or keep them unassembled and work through your army only assembling what your going to paint next.
I was worried about those hard to get spots (especially on lootas they look like a real tough unit to get to some spots with their big gun that wraps around) but Nekhra you seemed to have given me a great point, if i cant get to it then i doubt many people will even be able to see it! I just hate looking at my army sitting their in black primer and nothing else, but getting all those boys painted is a very daunting task for me, and one that takes a lot of time (which sadly i don't have much of recently).
And thanks sean I have ran into that problem of glue messing up my paint so I will most likely just assemble the whole thing from now on. Any other tips or advice or thoughts would be great though! Thanks a bunch guys
No prob, hope it helps! I'd say lootas are a prime candidate to leave the arms off and paint them first though. I've never painted any because I don't use them but it seems like it could be helpful. What ever you decide, keep painting and following the way of the WAAAGH!!!
I've got the same issues. Lots of "Black Orks" Slooowly getting green. I'm getting ready to prime about 8 lootas. I'll be priming and painting the guns and bodies seperate. I've done about 20 shoota boyz all glued before painting. The next 20 shoota boyz are going to be without the arms and guns. Slugga boyz are easy enough assembled.
I've found the best way to paint big ork mobs is in groups of 5. It does take longer but you can see the results as you work. so it keeps me motivated knowing im getting through it
Army painter makes a green primer that at least gets one level of colour (the big green one!) on your models... (I drybrush a contrasting green afterwards and it looks just fine)
I also paint my shoota boyz one unit at a time, with no arms. makes it WAY faster... if you're having problems with the glue after painting, use the plastic GW glue and don't use too much! a little dab will go a LONG way as it melts the plastic at little to make a super strong join... just be really diligent about one little dot of glue to hold the arm on and it works just fine (as it's completely covered)...
If you have a WYSIWIG group that won't let you use a model unless it's 100% accurrate... a little bluetac will hold the arms on temporarily until you're able to get the model up and painted....