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Does anyone paint their plastic minis while there still on the sprues? and if so, is it any easier?
I build my minis up first and then paint, but it can sometimes be annoying, trying to get to the Hard to get bits behind the bolter, and back of the head.
 

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When I'm painting Marines I tend to mostly assemble them, leaving only arms, shoulderpads, and the bolter on the sprue. Once I'm done painting detail that might be obscured by the arms I glue those on. I usually paint the boltgun completely when its on the sprue then touch it up after I've glued it on.

It goes pretty fast without missing lotsa detail...Good luck!!
 

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That works alot better....I do the same thing. Sometimes I also paint heads separately, especially ones without helmets. just drill a small hole in the bottom and put it on a paperclip to hold it. The paperclip works well for pretty much any small bits.
 

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I completely assemble them usually, if you paint them in the sprues you always have a few unpainted spots on them which is pretty annoying.
 

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I usually undercoat them on the sprue and then tidy up the bits I missed by hand. Then I paint them without arms, bolters or backpacks (I paint these on their own) and finally glue it all together.

By the way, Bornin.... Since when are you a moderator?? :eek: None of us are safe now... hehe... B)
 

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Originally posted by BobaHat@Apr 6 2003, 12:40 PM
By the way, Bornin.... Since when are you a moderator?? :eek: None of us are safe now... hehe... B)
Yeah i was wondering about that too...

For minis I tend to paint as much as i can when they are assembled, I might undercoat/prime them on the sprue but its tricky cutting away sprue lines and excess plastic once its primed without taking off a whole lot of paint in the process.

I tend to paint inside details that are hard to reach as mentioned and then assemble them, and sometimes even wait to do the glueing until after i have spray varnished everything (though that one time was only having one part, the backpack, not glued on, but it was a big backpack...)

Also, i don't like it when there is paint in the way of plastic glue, i don't think the bond is as good and if it smears it has to be touched up.
 

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Isn't it a little messy having all those loose parts lying around?

By the way, Bornin.... Since when are you a moderator?? None of us are safe now... hehe...
That came as a surprise to me too, I logged in today and then I noticed this bar under my avatar with 'moderator' on it! So be careful what you say to me now :lol: .
 

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Originally posted by rtsposer@Apr 6 2003, 07:21 PM
Also, i don't like it when there is paint in the way of plastic glue, i don't think the bond is as good and if it smears it has to be touched up.
Aye, I've found that once or twice, but I tend to use Super glue alot more.
I've found that sticking a little bit of blue tak on the bits that you will be glueing can work pretty well.
 

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I assemble all but the bolter and paint it separately. I then file off any paint where I'm going to glue and stick it together. I never paint it in bits cause it means your gluing paint/paint and not metal/metal etc. This makes the mini very weak.
 
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