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When painting my SM i leave the arms, head, backpack and gun off the model and paint them seperately. Although it is quite time consuming as im finding now i still hate trying to paint into all the cracks and crevices in the shoulder and on the back.

What do you do? Any tips(pre-emptive get out of the gutter) on getting into the cracks without painting stuff you dont want to?

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i find its easier if you stick the arms and shoulder pads on but leave off the gun and paint that separately. i normally impale their heads on a paperclip to paint them.

the backpacks i drybrush separately before sticking them on after i've painted the body.

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I normally leave off the backpacks and shoulder pads, and, depending on the troop type, the weapons. If its blood claws, I stick on the arms, but anything else like grey hunters or long fangs, I usually leave them off.
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I paint them after assembly, if I can't get the brush in there, people can't see it :D
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i paint them with the legs+body+head+backpack togethers and drill a wire into the foot to hold with the pin vice

i do the same for the arms which i paint later and then stick on!






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yea i assemble using wire, then primer, but paint separately, its longer but i think its easier, but im no pro painter
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Thanks. I might try leavind off the shoulder pads.

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I do sub-assemblies only if it looks like there will be a problem getting to areas with a brush.
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I tend to leve off back packs, arms and weapons. If it crosses the chest then i tend to glue it later. this is true for most armies i paint espically tau fire warriors. I do however tend to undercoat while their still on sprue to get an even coat (watch out for mould lines though).
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Arms usualy stay off on most minis. Somtimes heads or detail bits if they will be primed a differnt color. For most assault style minis (where the arms don't cross the chest, or cover things up) I'll fully assemble the model before painting.

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