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Default Building/Painting Marines. Leave bolters off?

Just got back into 40k after over a decade away from TT(fluff is still my home!), and have now got some Blood Angels on the go again. Being quite a bit younger last time round, I never really painted that much beyond a spray of Blood Angel Red and then painting the bolters and others quickly.

Now though, I really want to put a lot of effort into painting them. Hell, I've half started again just to paint. With the marines though, it seems like it's going to be a lot of effort and quite tricky to paint the chest plates, if the bolters are already glued on as well. Does anyone else leave the bolters off to paint the marines first? If so, do you then paint the bolters before gluing them on or after?

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I always assemble my miniatures as much as I can, without hindering myself to any details. In the case of a marine, I would leave the bolter off, as that hinders me from painting the chestplate with any real detail.

Some would argue "Why would you want to paint something that is hidden behind a gun?". I always say that it's not about what others see, but what I see myself, when looking at it. And I would always notice that unpainted area behind the gun, that I can see when looking from the right angle.

I would leave the bolter off, paint it and put it on afterwards
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I leave bolters of of marines when it covers the chestplate, as well. Usually I've built the arms and bolter together then paint the pieces at the same time. Then I glue the arm assembly on after both are painted.

And just like Nord said, I know those parts are unpainted and can see the missed areas on any miniature I look at.
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I used to glue the Bolters. But the longer I played the Hobby, the more it came to bug me, because I know it's unpainted. So bolter off now.

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I always assemble my miniatures as much as I can, without hindering myself to any details. In the case of a marine, I would leave the bolter off, as that hinders me from painting the chestplate with any real detail.

Some would argue "Why would you want to paint something that is hidden behind a gun?". I always say that it's not about what others see, but what I see myself, when looking at it. And I would always notice that unpainted area behind the gun, that I can see when looking from the right angle.

I would leave the bolter off, paint it and put it on afterwards
This. Exactly. All of my marines have painted chest plates and arms are the last thing to go onto them. If you are ok with it however don't let that stop you from doing it the way you want to.

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What I thought then. Is it not as a little tricky putting the whole arm assembly on once glued together? Thing I'm most worried about now is gluing the pieces together, then when trying to attach them on, they're slightly out of place.


EDIT: also got basing issues, as described here.

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What I thought then. Is it not as a little tricky putting the whole arm assembly on once glued together? Thing I'm most worried about now is gluing the pieces together, then when trying to attach them on, they're slightly out of place.
if you leave the shoulder pads off and paint them separately (which is what i do) then when it comes time to mount the arms on the model you can cover a lot of the imperfections using the shoulderpads. use Blu Tack to dry fit the pieces and when glueing the bolters leave the arms in the position you want them to be and glue the bolter. I only glue the arm that has the pistol grip (unless i'm doing a conversion) this allows both arms to be free and moveable until i find the best placement for them on the model.

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Definitely leave the bolters off, I used to glue the bolters on and then try and paint around them. Best bit of painting advice I've ever been given.

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I leave the arms and bolter off and paint the mini, it would drive me demented not being able to paint the chest plate as for my marines it is a bright contrasting color and helps the mini stand out. Bolters and arms painted seperately and then assembled

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Yeah, I'm of the same thoughts, especially as it's the new Blood Angels tactical marines I'm doing at the moment, and the chest pieces are all amazing.

How do you go about painting the arms, bolter and shoulder pads when separate? Just hold the other arm whilst you paint one, or.....?
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