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CraigH Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 2:30 p.m. PST

Just got a message that my Reaper Bones is shipping yessss !

Looks like it's coming by UPS to Canada noooooo extra import fees….

Anyway is there a final answer on how to paint these ? Or maybe more accuately, I typically use Testors enamel grey primer for well, primer and paint with Vallejo acrylics anything wrong in this plan ?

Beowulf Supporting Member of TMP Fezian21 Jun 2013 2:55 p.m. PST

Not at all. Paint away!

boy wundyr x Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 2:57 p.m. PST

Craig, there was an e-mail from Reaper awhile ago about UPS and Canada – they worked to get some sort of status that allows them to ship as if they were in Canada. Or something like that that means no import fees. The e-mail was from early May or so, I was similarly off-put by the idea of UPS to Canada, but it sounds like Reaper had a plan.

And I understand Bones don't need priming, but I haven't tried it myself.

fairoaks024 Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 2:57 p.m. PST

What Beowulf said.

However you currently paint minis will work perfectly on bones.
They say you can paint them without a primer, but I always paint mine
With one, stuck in my ways :-)



Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 5:11 p.m. PST

Just for giggles i started painting one of my bones figures without priming it first. I was pleasantly surprised by hoiw well it the paint covered.

haywire Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2013 8:32 a.m. PST

There is a thread in the reaper forum about different types of paints and primers. I guess the plastic does not like a lot of water and causes it to bead up, but once you have the base coat down, everything is fine.


Ivan DBA23 Jun 2013 6:39 a.m. PST

Thanks for that link haywire!

herzogbrian Inactive Member24 Jun 2013 6:40 a.m. PST

As with most plastics…WASH first (dawn or dilute Tide do wonders).

They say you don't need primer, which is true as far as it goes.

That said, your first coat of paint needs to be fairly thick. If you are using water based paint and you thin it much at all it will tend to bead up. Don't know about lacquer or oil based paints.

JohnnyPainter Inactive Member08 Jul 2013 12:39 p.m. PST

I found my citadels don't work very well on unprimed bones – but the reaper masters were very good. My Army painters were good, the vallejo were OK – the base coat for all those lines, however needed to be rather thick. I ordered a bunch of bones for giggles/T4T auction – but I think I will prime them first anyways (I don't like a white undercoat, personally)

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