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Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 5:41 p.m. PST

I finished painting a box of Armies In Plastic Dervish Cavalry (54mm). Each box comes with five horses and riders, of which three carry melee weapons and wicker shields and the other two carry rifles. IIRC, the price per box is $12.95 USD. I think that they are good value for the money.

I particularly like the horses, which look very elegant and graceful and are shown in a cantering pose.

I replaced the swords and spears with wire, North Star spears cut down to size for the spear, and I used the off cut to make the sword.



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John Leahy06 Jun 2020 7:09 p.m. PST

You did a great job on them! thumbs up thumbs up
I recently picked up 700 NWF AIP figs that are painted. I was thrilled to get them. I own a bunch that I no paint. It includes Elephants, camels, infantry, artillery and Cavalry. I love 54mm!



79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 8:47 p.m. PST

Great work.

dBerczerk07 Jun 2020 7:41 a.m. PST

Armies in Plastic has a Summer Sale: All Regular Sets are $9.95 USD each.

AICUSV08 Jun 2020 11:16 a.m. PST

You got me hooked on these AiP figures. They are a load of fun to paint.

generaljl09 Jun 2020 1:29 p.m. PST

If you do not mind me asking how do you prep your plastic figures for painting. Thank you

AICUSV10 Jun 2020 9:08 p.m. PST

I've been trying different methods to see if anything stands out as best. The real key to prep is a good washing. I et them soak for for at least an hour in a bath of Pine Sol and warm. This is followed by a wash and scrub (tooth brush) with dish washing detergent and a rinse. As to priming, I've used regular primer and plastic primer, as well as some I didn't prime at all. The plastic primer was no good at all, the regular everyday rattle can primer worked the best. Nothing, I've found, really bonds with the plastic. The final clear coat is very important as it seas the paint to the figure.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jun 2020 4:19 p.m. PST

Sometimes I wash the figures, but often I don't. I spray regular modeling primer on the figures and start painting. The key is that I give the figures a double coating of Gloss spray..

Time will tell if my method works or not.

generaljl11 Jun 2020 4:23 p.m. PST

Der Alte Fritz do you have any problems with them chipping

AICUSV11 Jun 2020 7:04 p.m. PST

Without washing I've had an issue with the paint beading up.
Re: paint chipping, the first batch of figures I painted was for my Grandsons (2-6-8 yrs), within an hour they had some paint chipped of rifles and bayonets. The more flexible areas of the figures. The ones I've painted for myself so far have held up, but I'm a little more careful.

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