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Old Smokie Inactive Member19 Jun 2016 6:18 a.m. PST

bought some of these and was wondering if anybody had any tips for painting them



is it safe to use Halfords Matt White car paint to undercoat these models ?, or will it cause damage to the models

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Jun 2016 6:34 a.m. PST

I used Krylon spray primer with no problems on similar models.

machinehead Inactive Member19 Jun 2016 7:01 a.m. PST

I bought those too, I haven't painted them yet though. Make sure they are clean before you start is the only advice I have. link

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2016 9:11 a.m. PST

Definitely prime them with something like Krylon after you have given them a bath to remove residues.

MCV 80 Inactive Member21 Jun 2016 7:14 a.m. PST


painting 3D-printed miniatures can be a tricky business. I have some experience with it now and suggest to do some reading prior to get started.

I found the following links helpful:



Kind regards,

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2016 2:56 p.m. PST

My preferred primer is Artist's Gesso. It forms a tight skin over the surface, and it is acrylic-based. It takes paint really well. I also seal my painted mini's with either urethane (The Dip, but clear urethane will work as well), or Pledge Floor Shine/Kleer -- be sure to apply a matte coat afterwards. The urethane, or Kleer, will seal, and protect, the paint, keeping it in contact with the miniature's surface, even if the Gesso breaks away. Cheers!

machinehead Inactive Member15 Jul 2016 10:30 p.m. PST

I primed the back four with Tamiya fine surface primer and then a black wash of Future floor polish. Seems to have sealed the primer pretty good, ready for painting


Part time gamer05 Mar 2017 3:48 a.m. PST

What scale and period were/are those mini's for ? The finished look as if they turned out really well.

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