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Building/Painting Marines. Leave bolters off?

6017 Views 17 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  Nordicus
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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First, I totally agree with @Nordicus and @Roganzar.
But when it comes time to build and paint I don't go quite as far as @SwedeMarine.

When working on marines I create 4 working pieces:
》Left arm + weapon + shoulder pad
》Right arm + weapon + shoulder pad
》Head + torso + legs + base

I always dry fit everything using blutac. Then I work out the poses and glue each of those groups together. This gives me enough flexibility to access pretty much everything, see how it will go together, and give me enough to hold onto. It is important that you wan your hands regularly though, pulls from your skin can cause issues in painting/inking when it won't adhere as well.
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