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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 8:25 a.m. PST

What's your least favorite aspect of the pre-paint prep process? I know that not all people do all these steps just brainstorming here.
In no particular order:

a) leveling the base
b) carving,filing, sanding off everything that isn't the figure (flash, spurs, webbing, seam lines)
c) washing the miniatures

d) assembling the miniatures: including gluing on arms, heads or armaments
d) EASY assembly one attachment or maybe two max like a back pack and a bayonet frog/scabbard. Rider to horse.
e) COMPLEX assembly three or more joins two arms, a weapon, a head, torso to legs, feet to bases, etc etc.

f) priming the miniatures
g) gluing to bases, either for the permanent single base or temporary ones to be adding to a larger base for multi-figure bases when finished
h) minor mods: head or weapon swaps and the like
i) major mods: things requiring the sculpting of new parts, helmet changes, uniform changes, additional equipment, etc.
j) unpacking and straightening out rifle barrels, swords, scabbards, etc
k) touching up spots of bare metal after priming
l) washing light primed minis to darken the shadowy parts or inversely …
m) lightening up high surfaces with a lighter color on a dark primed miniature dry brushing or often what's called wet brushing, a slightly different technique
n) filling seams or unwanted crevasses
o) Ameliorating the step created by a figure base when glued down to a larger base. I use modeling paste to slope the step away.
p) gluing down ballast or dirt material and small stones so that they get included in the priming process.

What'd I miss?

Dervel Fezian13 May 2019 8:35 a.m. PST

b) definitely

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 8:39 a.m. PST

d) I guess depends on the miniature – gluing on a back pack is easier than trying to get two arms to hold a musket properly. I'll fix.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 8:54 a.m. PST

m) because I stink at dry brushing – but for me, the worst thing is having to paint horses (which for someone with big SYW armies is not an insignificant problem)

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 8:56 a.m. PST

I want to limit this to the pre-paint process. – Having not painted a lot of horses in my time, I don't have a strong opinion either way yet.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 9:32 a.m. PST

"B" for resin figures, "D" is a mixed bag for multi part plastic sets.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 9:36 a.m. PST

b) and n).

Gokiburi13 May 2019 9:38 a.m. PST


Micman Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 9:52 a.m. PST

From the title I was going to say work. But I and J for the steps I hate doing.

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 10:00 a.m. PST

B without question

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 10:10 a.m. PST

Depends on what I've been doing lately. I've got Redbox in the painting queue, for instance, and before I even start on this batch I get twitchy about leveling the bases. Usually, it's trimming flash on soft plastics, or assembling hard plastics.

Dagwood13 May 2019 10:32 a.m. PST

I would have said "a" but I do that after painting, so it doesn't count …..

Aethelflaeda was framed13 May 2019 10:46 a.m. PST

None of that list is least pleasant. I enjoy doing all of it when it occurs. If it was unpleasant I would be playing cardboard games and not painting. The process is a pleasurable past time and all of it has its reward.

witteridderludo13 May 2019 10:48 a.m. PST

Q: having to go to work…

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 11:03 a.m. PST

Major mods. I haven't even tried one in 20+ years. I'd prefer to shop for a figure that is what I want.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 May 2019 11:43 a.m. PST


Except my activity is "lessening the kinks in …" 'coz I can never get them straight. Sometimes, I end up breaking them so I can replace them with a glued on straight part instead.

jefritrout13 May 2019 11:43 a.m. PST

Most definitely B

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 12:08 p.m. PST


Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 12:12 p.m. PST

d and e

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 May 2019 3:18 p.m. PST

E: I want to paint and play, not build models

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 3:34 p.m. PST

Minor mods aren't too bad, even fun sometimes, if there are just one or two figures. However, if there are 50-60 figures, all of which need the same boring minor mods . . .


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 4:15 p.m. PST

d and e.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 5:07 p.m. PST


FusilierDan13 May 2019 6:11 p.m. PST


In plastic I can deal with d maybe d+ but in metal I don't like gluing anything other than rider to horse and the necessary evil of wheels to gun carriage.

h,i,n,o,p I don't do

wrgmr113 May 2019 6:47 p.m. PST

I don't do plastics…

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 7:36 p.m. PST

Actually, I don't particularly mind any of it in general. Even trimming figures fits in nicely when I'm not up to focusing on more detailed tasks. Was happily trimming some tonight while watching a vid.

Two limited particular items are irksome and tiresome however:

* Trimming the flash of wagon/chariot wheel spokes, arg.

* Trimming piles of separate kit for each figure (Warlord Bolt Action plastics, grrr).

TSD10113 May 2019 8:33 p.m. PST

B, N, and D in that order

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2019 11:26 p.m. PST

Fighting bureaucracy.

Gamewise: cleaning figures,.

mildbill14 May 2019 4:25 a.m. PST

Mowing the lawn, time just wasted. Assembling plastics, simple or hard I don't care for it.

Karellian Knight14 May 2019 5:41 a.m. PST

d & e. I love single piece castings, metal or plastic. I just want to paint them and play with them.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 May 2019 6:30 a.m. PST

Also, d, d, e, h, and I are fun.

3AcresAndATau14 May 2019 5:28 p.m. PST

B, it's the biggest time sink on the way to painting.

coopman14 May 2019 6:23 p.m. PST

b, and it's the major reason that I have switched to buying 28mm plastic figures whenever possible. I'd rather assemble minis than do b. on metal minis.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 May 2019 6:26 a.m. PST

Also, I don't do k, l, m, o, p and probably don't do n as much as I should.

von Schwartz18 Jul 2019 6:52 p.m. PST

From: Aethelflaeda
None of that list is least pleasant. I enjoy doing all of it when it occurs. If it was unpleasant I would be playing cardboard games and not painting. The process is a pleasurable past time and all of it has its reward.

Gawd, I find this hard to believe but I'm actually agreeing with Aethelflaeda. (smile)
It's a hobby, it you find it unpleasant, maybe you need a different hobby.

Old Contemptible18 Jul 2019 11:00 p.m. PST


Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2019 2:32 a.m. PST

I don't seem to mind any of the prep. It's the painting its self, particularly the final details, that I dislike. link


Legion 420 Jul 2019 6:29 a.m. PST

I like painting my toy soldiers … period … evil grin

von Schwartz22 Jul 2019 6:26 p.m. PST

It's the painting its self, particularly the final details, that I dislike

The fine details, for me anyway, is where the rubber meets the road. That where the time spent painting and touching comes to the fore. You get all the figures, detailed and touched up, just need to lacquer them, and VOILA!!! the Banal Grenzregiment 1 comes to life!!!!

Or am I being a bit overly dramatic?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Jul 2019 10:40 a.m. PST

Or am I being a bit overly dramatic?

I don't think so.

You're reason above is why I like painting the final details best. They're raw materials first, then abstract forms, then blobs of colour, then patterns, … and … then … POP! it's a warrior ready for the fight!

von Schwartz23 Jul 2019 6:43 p.m. PST

Thank you eto

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