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Ok i know it sounds simple, but due to the fact i'm starting a brand new army that i am putting alot of money into, i want to know how people do it.

Usually i put the model together then spray it then paint, but most of the time i end up with areas that are impossible to get to after this, so i'm considering spraying all the sprues fist, then putting the body, legs and head toghether, painting that before attaching the arms and pads. Is that a better way or will spraying before hand mess up the glueing process?
 

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I tend to paint the arms, pads and guns seperatly so i can reach those chest eagles etc.

I drill and pin all the arms and guns before painting so that i can use less glue when sticking them on after, which helps stop that white glue burn you can get and makes the minis last longer with less need for running repairs.

Spraying before de-spruing will leave the seam lines and/or the attachment marks on the mini and never works imo.
 

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I generally assemble the model, but leave the backpack and boltgun (if it's held across the chest, at any rate...). I tend to paint with the shoulder pads glued on, since they usually don't obstruct anything. If they do, then I leave them off. Kind of depends on the pose.
 

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I generally assemble the model, but leave the backpack and boltgun (if it's held across the chest, at any rate...). I tend to paint with the shoulder pads glued on, since they usually don't obstruct anything. If they do, then I leave them off. Kind of depends on the pose.
This is generally how I paint as well. I have tried to paint things on the sprue but have never liked how it turned out.
 

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I do most of those things at different times... paint on the sprue if there's big sections and it'll only need a bit of touching up afterwards... assemble some of the model (chest eagles I find horrible sometimes)... put shoulder pads and sometimes backpacks on matchsticks (or blu-tak them to sprue) to paint them while the other sections dry.

I don't do the pinning thing though, that's a bit advanced for me.

I also find the best glue to be liquid poly rather than polystyrene cement. It probably isn't as tough, but I keep changing my mind anyway - I'm always taking minis to bits - and it's a lot cleaner.

And no, there's no problem painting before gluing, unless the glue will be visible... but if it is, you probably have it in the wrong place anyway...

 

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ud just leave the bolter and arms off. the backpack is ok left on imo.

if you have trouble spraying blu task then to a lengtht of wood or somthing so you can turn them upside down inside out etc meaning the spray gets in all the little cracks. if you still have grey areas just touch them up with some thin black paint and a brush.
 

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Yeah, all of what cccp_one just said. Spray paint can be a bit patchy but a thinned-down coat of black works a treat for the bits the spray missed.

And I find it helps to paint lots at a time, on a bit of wood as cccp_one suggests.

 

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When I paint marines I tend to start at the bottom and work my way up. I keep the arms weapons and back pack eperate and paint them last.
 

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I used to paint them after assembly with my Ultrabeakies, but I wanted my Mountain Angels to look good, so I glue the body, head, and legs together, paint them, then glue on the arms, paint those, then the backpaint and the gun.

Totally off-topic: Bloodhound, your avatar made me laugh so hard I got the hiccups now.

*hic*

-Dirge
 

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Lol. Thanks Dirge.

Normally I would do what I said in my previous post, but with some models (Devastators being a few along with masters and such) I tend to glue on the legs and the body. Then I bluetack the arms on to see which way it'll point to get the head facing right (Glue head on). Then I paint that. then I paint the back pack seperately to get into the underside of it. Then I paint the arms seperately and then stick them on with good superglue that don't leave white markings when dried.
 

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I generally assemble the model, but leave the backpack and boltgun (if it's held across the chest, at any rate...). I tend to paint with the shoulder pads glued on, since they usually don't obstruct anything. If they do, then I leave them off. Kind of depends on the pose.
Ditto.

Really, IMHO, the best way to do it.
 

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i started out building model cars and things like that, so i tend to spray my primer on the sprue the remove the pieces and put them together in sub-asemblies and go from there. buy puting the legs and torso together first on the base it gives me something to hold on to as i'm painting then i put on the arms and backpack on after they have all ready been painted at a earlier time.
 
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