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This may sound like a vary simple question, but in a lot of ways this is an improtant step, because you want to be albe to get as much coverage as possable, when priming the miniature.

What is the best way to assemble your figure to get the most efficient undercoat?
 

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I assemble all my miniatures first, before primer and painting, only in special cases do I paint while still on sprues, like the tracks for IG tanks.
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The only problem I can see with the sprues, is that it will leave a small uncovered area were the sper once was. Can that be basecoated without primer?

Space Marians have five steps. Would it be best to primer each assembled piece such as the legs and torso, separately, then primer the head, arms and shoulder pads on the sprues?
 

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I personally prefer to undercoat them on the sprue, then assembly them before painting the models. This only varies for certain models, especially in my SW army, where a necklace may cover something else, in which case i paint under it before sticking the neckalce part on.
 

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While priming on the sprue does give better overall coverage, it has some drawbacks. As already pointed out, you will have spots where the primer gets removed when you cut them from the sprue. Even more if you properly trim any flash and mold lines. I find that after I clean the parts of mold marks, there are so many bald spots that I have the re-prime anyway. Also, you NEVER want to glue painted joints, so you have to scrape the primer from the joints as well. By the time you get that done, there isn't a lot of primer left. I always take all my parts off the sprue, clean and file them, then prime. Usually I'll put together all the main subassemblies before priming. I only leave off parts that will get in the way of painting, such as a shield or rider on a bike. I still take them off the sprue before priming, though.
 

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It completely depends on the model i am painting. For example i have a Chaos Terminator waiting to be primed, but i left the arms and one trophy rack off of the model as to not hamper detail when i start painting the mini. So i am going to prime the arms, and one trophy rack separate from the terminator, and also paint each piece on its own.

But if i'm just painting one of my thousand sons i'll glue everything on but the gun before priming and painting.
 

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There is one way I have found useful, but vary tedious and time consuming.

1. Remove legs from sprues, shave or sand excess flesh. Glue legs to base.

2. Remove Torso and arms from sprues, shave or sand excess flesh (assembled). Take a tooth pick and clay. stick clay under torso and place tooth pick into Styrofoam board.

3. Remove Head from sprues, shave or sand excess flesh. Drill a hole from under the head, about half way. Stick a paper clipe in the hole and onto the Styrofoam board.

4. Same as 2, only it is the shoulder pads.

5. Space them out and begin to prime.

I do about 3-5 in a single priming. It dose not take too much time, but after a while you begin ask yourself if this is the best way. I will leave the head off until it has been fully painted. The hole takes in all the exess glue which is a plus.
 

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i have found the above way of painting very satifying and it works really wel. it will take a lot of time, but you are assured of a good result. it works also for when you're finished with the undercoating, i just glue it together when i have all the parts painted. it sounds silly but it looks good, and your assured youve painted everything. it also makes sure that my trembling hands 8| dont make me spoil paint on already painted area's

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I paint on the sprue...... that being said I ALWAYS put at least one example together completely and then paint it, as this tells me what areas are the hardest to get to, etc. I find that the few areas that you can't get to on the sprue, where it's attached, etc. aren't that big of a pain really. I just paint some of the primer onto these areas using a brush especially reserved for this task. Of course I always prime my mini's with whatever my main color is going to be...... IE blue for Ultramarines. This way, the primer IS my basecoat, and I don't have to worry about painting that little spot with 3 different colors to get it to match the rest of the model.
 

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Sounds simple enough, but what type of paint on primer do you use, or suggest?
 

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I suggest Krylon brand primer. You can find it at wal-mart for less than $3.
 

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for space wolves( as you are a fellow space wolves player like me :)) i would suggest putting the body and legs first, then painting the head serperatly and sticking it on, painting the arms serperatly and 'pads and adding them on, and the backpacks (of course after being painted)
last but not least the wolf pelts :)
 

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Yes, I like having all pieces cleaned, primed and even basecoated, separately. I feel that I have control and good coverage over the figure. I file away the primer that will be covered with glue.
 

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Originally posted by Gray Wolf@Nov 13 2003, 10:52
Sounds simple enough, but what type of paint on primer do you use, or suggest?
Usually whatever is cheapest at wal-mart or Home Depot for white grey and black..... for other colors I use the citadel primer..... it best matches the paint out of the the pot.
 

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I usually:
1. Assemble
2. Prime
3. Paint
4. Base

But that's just me. I find it works fine, and I don't feel I get more coverage if I paint them on the sprue.
 
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