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or do you find it better/easier do base coat after the stuff is assembled?
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It goes both ways, painting is easier done before assembly, but if you spray first then the parts don't stick as well.

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If you base coat prior to taking them off the sprue youll get nasty little dots of non primed plastic on the models. Just a thought.

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If you base coat prior to taking them off the sprue youll get nasty little dots of non primed plastic on the models. Just a thought.
Along w/ this it tends to make joints a bit more obvious. Generally if you prime after assembly these spots get filled w/ green stuff, glue, or paint and you can't really see the joints then.


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its also pretty challanging to clean mold lines off of a model that is still attached to a Sprue, I highly advise against painting like this.

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The polystyrene cement I use has no difficulty removing paint (apply small amount to surfaces that you want to glue, scrape paint off, reapply glue. We're talking an amount the size of a pinhead)

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Depends heavily on the model.

Example being the empire magic war engines, I would not like to paint those already built.
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At the very least I base coat after taking the parts off of the sprue and cleaning the mold lines, etc. Whether you paint after assembly or not is up to you and whether or not the assembled model will make it difficult to get into some places. It also matters what your intentions are with the miniatures. Do you just want to have something painted on the table? Maybe it doesn't matter so much. Do you want an awesome display piece? It matters quite a bit more in that instance.

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For best painted results, I would recommend removing everything from the sprues, trimming the mold lines, test fitting the pieces, and glue logical sections together.

For example when assembling a space marine I would:
  1. Remove everything from the sprue
  2. Trim/file mold lines
  3. Test fit the parts for the whole model as well as possible
  4. Glue together logical sections

Those logical sections could be:
  • (Arm, weapon, & shoulder pad) x 2 - gluing these together shouldn't obscure any part that needs to be painted, and especially for those arms that cross the chest, leaves the torso unobscured to be painted
  • Base, legs, & torso - also not obscuring parts to be painted, and its easier to hold the base when painting the model
  • Head - often easiest to paint when left off the body, and the neck area of the torso is also easier to paint
  • Backpack - I always do these separately so I can get good coverage on the pack and the model's back

And only after all of these sections is painted would I finally assemble the model.

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What Kreuger said. For necrons you can figure out how you want them posed then assemble the legs torso and head and prime those together. I do that and leave the arms loose for prime and paint, then put it all together.

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