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Warmonger1731 Dec 2021 8:08 a.m. PST

Does anyone have any DIY ideas or tricks to spraying multiple minis at a time. I would like to avoid buying something (i.e. Citadel colour spray stick) and prime as many as I can.

ccmatty Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2021 8:35 a.m. PST

When using a rattle can primer instead of my air brush I use a wood paint mixing stick (I think they cost $1 USD or so apiece at Home Depot) and putty my minis to the stick and spray. Works for me.

Lazyworker Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2021 8:56 a.m. PST

I just use a cardboard box and flip them around as needed.
Around 6-20 figs at a time. Depends on the size of the box and the weather.

I have friends that use blue tack (or equivalent) and a yard stick.

Goobertown Hobbies on Youtube created some sort of metal rack:
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Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2021 9:37 a.m. PST

I use a large cardboard box as a sort of spray booth, with a smaller box inside as a painting platform. I put a group of about miniatures on a CD (or a plastic lid like from food to go) and put 2 CDs on the platform. I find that 6 is about the right number of 25mm miniatures for a CD.

Then I can work an assembly line: load the CDs; carry two out to the spray booth; spray paint them; carry them back in; carry the next two out; etc.

I let the first light coat dry before flipping the miniatures on the CDs and then give them another coat, repeating as much as necessary to cover the entire figure.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2021 1:35 p.m. PST

I use craft sticks, similar to tongue depressors. I use PVA/white glue to attach the figures to the sticks. I leave enough room on the stick to hold onto while painting. When I am done painting and sealing I put the sticks in a pan of water, enough to cover the base. I soak the sticks until the PVA is soft enough to remove the figures. And no it does not damage the paint.


Wargamer Blue31 Dec 2021 5:06 p.m. PST

I use a ruler. Bluetac the figures in a line and spray them.

pvernon31 Dec 2021 5:18 p.m. PST

I do the same as Lazyworker.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2021 5:23 p.m. PST

+1 Lazyworker and pvernon

CeruLucifus01 Jan 2022 12:44 a.m. PST

Years ago I bought a lazy susan rotating platform at a kitchen supply store. I keep that in my spray booth.

I use conveniently sized trays – cut cardboard rectangles or metal roofing shingles (5x8") or CD cases. I put oh, 5-8 28mm miniatures on each, put a tray on the lazy susan, spray, rotate 90 degrees, spray again, repeat all the way around the circle.

Dagwood01 Jan 2022 1:48 p.m. PST

Being lazy, I use the Lazyworker method. I lay figures down on/in a cardboard box, spray, turn them over and spray again.
Then spray any obvious missed bits, then let dry. Later I might add some brushed undercoat in missed bits.

All done outdoors (in the garage as a minimum). Groups could be 30 or more !

If it's too cold outside, just a brush-on primer.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Jan 2022 4:38 p.m. PST

15mm scale, 6-8 figures on a popsicle stick. Spray prime with CHEAP Flat white (or grey) paint.

Assembly line painting, starting with skin and working out. I can get one color onto about 100 figures per hour when I'm on a roll. Of course, I'm usually doing a batch of at least 100 figures when I do this.

One option is to prime in the base uniform color (works better for post 1914 figures) to eliminate a step

Warmonger1702 Jan 2022 2:39 p.m. PST

I tried the ruler with the tacky, got 10 28mm on there as was my goal. Worked well thanks

huron725 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2022 12:08 p.m. PST

I stand them up on a box lid or similar and spray from the 4 directions. Then let thoroughly dry, generally overnight. Talking about matte finishing them here not priming. But it could work the same way. I don't spray prime only brush prime everything – covers betters.

Personal logo The GM Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2022 2:19 p.m. PST

When I was still spray priming (I brush prime these days), I did as many others here. Took an old box that had a large top and wasn't too high (about 5 inches, to make it easy to load and carry outside), and spread out minis on it, then turned the box as needed to get every angle. Small minis I would blue-tack to a base of some kind (Popsicle stick or CD) for stability.

MrZorro14 Feb 2022 8:11 a.m. PST

I had great results using one of those cheap plastic spinning discs for cakes, bakers use them to add the icing and rotate the cake at the same time. Just use blue tack or similar for the minis, spray with one hand and spin with the other, enjoy. Cheers!

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