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Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2018 11:59 a.m. PST

I guess not.

EJNashIII06 Dec 2018 4:46 p.m. PST

They don't generally hold paint well. I had a lot of them as a kid and kind of look at them as kid's toys. Cool for that, I guess.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2018 10:08 p.m. PST

Yep, they were great for getting started with WWII collecting/gaming, but a pity they don't hold paint well.

repaint07 Dec 2018 3:15 p.m. PST

are the new releases in flexible plastic? How do you tell appart from the box?

Lion in the Stars07 Dec 2018 5:16 p.m. PST

Depends on which formulation of flexible plastic you're talking about.

Army Men plastic doesn't take paint well.

Dragon Styrene is softer than the usual plastic model styrene, but it is harder than Army Men and takes paint as well as plastic model kits.

khanscom07 Dec 2018 5:59 p.m. PST

It might be a little more difficult to get paint to adhere to the polyethylene figures, but I remember Tom Wham (this was quite a few years ago) showing how tough Liquitex Matte Medium was as a final finish after painting Airfix figures. There are means available to make the soft plastic figures quite durable.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2018 10:14 a.m. PST

Used to be a problem until some TMPers talked about priming before and sealing after painting. Not one problem since, and they have have taken some abuse as I often play with children.

That is an old gamers tale no longer true.

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