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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2018 2:49 p.m. PST

I'm specifically writing about the Perry Bill and Bow set but this could apply to any of their sets.

So what do you do first, paint, or assemble multi-part plastic minis?


Glengarry521 May 2018 3:29 p.m. PST

Assemble first, I can`t imagine doing it any other way. Maybe shields.

coopman21 May 2018 4:37 p.m. PST

Assemble first. The plastic glue doesn't stick to paint very well.

TamsinP22 May 2018 1:12 a.m. PST

Assemble first – allows you to fill any gaps at the joins before painting.

Puster22 May 2018 2:53 a.m. PST

Assemble first – the only exception I sometimes make is for large shields, but these should not be a problem here.

Vigilant22 May 2018 4:26 a.m. PST

For medieval I would assemble 1st because of the different colours used. Where colours are uniform I generally paint 1st. A quick scrape with a craft knife solves the glue problem. This way I get to the difficult parts and it makes painting details easier.

Last Hussar22 May 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

I painted first. Lightly sand joins anyway, so take off paint. You can always go back and paint any problems after assembly.

Paint first you won't accidentally catch another bit

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2018 11:51 a.m. PST

This sounds like a good idea for a poll.

Warspite128 May 2018 3:28 p.m. PST

Assemble first. Painting on the sprue is more trouble than it's worth. In some cases, such as horse armour, there may be some value in painting the horse first and add the painted plate armour later.


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