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I'm going to be leaving the arms off of my space marines so i can paint the chest freely.

However, this brings up a question. How should i prime and then paint those arms? Should i use a stand of some construct? I know by gods i can't hold and paint them!

Anyone else that leaves the arms off have any tips?
 

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Pin-vise a hole in the inside of the shoulder on the arm. Make a rack of upright pins that you can put the arm on to stand while you paint it.
 

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I tend to assemble the vast majority of the model... I just leave the bolter and the backpack off, and paint 'em from that point. Glue the bolter on afterwards. You can get all the torso detail with the bolter off. It also leaves you free to prime the bolter black if you're priming the rest of the model white.
 

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The Son of Horus said:
I tend to assemble the vast majority of the model... I just leave the bolter and the backpack off, and paint 'em from that point. Glue the bolter on afterwards. You can get all the torso detail with the bolter off. It also leaves you free to prime the bolter black if you're priming the rest of the model white.
I do the same now. I used to fully assemble models and paint them afterwards but I have gotten tired of trying to get behind parts at an easily visible area that is hard as hell to reach. Now I have a full squad of Thousand Sons without arms :)
 
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