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Building/Painting Marines. Leave bolters off?

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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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