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Paint infintiy miniatures before assembly

Post by Valrkist » Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:45 pm

Hi all,

Just bought the Ice storm set. Very very cool mini's.

But I have a question, should the miniatures be painted before assembly?

Or is it more trouble than its worth?

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Re: Paint infintiy miniatures before assembly

Post by Epic Duck Mike » Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:13 pm

I'd definitely lean on the "more trouble than its worth" side. Small metal models always never post-paint-assemble well (you're effectively gluing paint to paint instead of metal to metal, so the bond won't be as strong), and if you plan on doing any sort of zenithal highlighting or Object Source Lighting, it's nearly impossible to get right unless the model is assembled first.
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Re: Paint infintiy miniatures before assembly

Post by Vault » Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:19 pm

You should be able to at least assemble portions prior to painting. Areas with lots of stuff hanging off them should be kept unassembled.
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Re: Paint infintiy miniatures before assembly

Post by Epic Duck Mike » Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:34 pm

Vault wrote:You should be able to at least assemble portions prior to painting. Areas with lots of stuff hanging off them should be kept unassembled.
I haven't encountered an Infinity Mini yet where that was an issue, to be honest. I'm sure they exist, but so far everything I've painted has been fairly open, easy-to-paint poses.
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Re: Paint infintiy miniatures before assembly

Post by Valrkist » Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:40 am

Thanx for the reactions.

I'll assemble the mini's before painting. There were a few (the father knight and one of the fusseliers from Panociania) where access to paint might me tricky.

I will try... no scratch that I will paint them assembled.
(there is no try. do or do not).
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Re: Paint infintiy miniatures before assembly

Post by Epic Duck Mike » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:26 am

Unless there's an important detail that I can see but have trouble reaching, I'll usually just assemble - the things you can't see easily don't warrant as much painting attention anyhow, unless you're painting competitively.

The classic is spending time painting details on a Space Marine's torso - then covering it all up with a Bolter held close to the chest. Sure, as the painter you know it's well-painted, but no one will ever see it ;)

Just use your judgement. I recently painted my Nomads Morlocks, and they're all wearing trenchcoats. The tail of the coat makes it hard to paint the backs of their legs, etc, but it also means you'll never see those parts. Further, I had to actually use a little Green Stuff to fill a gap between the tail and the rest of the coat, which would have been harder to do if I'd prepainted both sides.
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Re: Paint infintiy miniatures before assembly

Post by Peregrin » Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:32 pm

I'm in agreement with EpicDuck and the rest. It's more trouble than it's worth unless there's some really obvious detail that you think you'll have trouble reaching/
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