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MrZorro01 Apr 2022 6:20 a.m. PST

Maybe because lately I have been painting big armies and hundreds of soldiers, or just because I am getting old and lazy but now I prime & paint minis still in the sprue more often.

I started painting only the heads because I find it convenient but lately I am doing full armies and after cutting them I just paint the non painted areas. Do you do something similar with your plastic minis?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 6:51 a.m. PST

Must say I don't but that may just be my OCD kicking in

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 7:06 a.m. PST

Generally not, but I have tried it with some 1/72 figures. Overall, it is not something that I care to do.

45thdiv01 Apr 2022 7:09 a.m. PST

I normally do not, but I did just paint up some warlord epic ACW for a friend. I didn't think it was any more hassle than the strip of 10 solders themselves are.

Dagwood01 Apr 2022 7:20 a.m. PST

I don't, but I intend to try it the next time I paint plastic 1/72nd WW2 figures.

Personal logo MondayKnight Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 7:24 a.m. PST

No, I assemble first.

Tried it once LONG again with Epic Warhammer but found I was having to go back and touch up the places where the sprue touched the figures.

Today, the only plastics I use are 28mm and they definitely need to be assembled and primed before painting

cavcrazy01 Apr 2022 7:26 a.m. PST

That takes a special kind of talent that I do not have.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 7:28 a.m. PST

With Travel Battle figures, I spray the army color I want on the figs still on the sprue. That is all the painting I do with those plastic figures. Blue for French. White for Austrians. Lighter blue for Bavarians, etc.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 9:16 a.m. PST

Tried it, years ago… Found myself rubbing paint off, as I tried to twist them out of the sprue. Cutting would have negated this issue, but I didn't have a good cutter at that time. I now cut them out, base them, prime them, then paint, and seal. Lessons learned, often re-learned because I forgot after the first couple of tries. "Can't fix Stupid." Just sayin'… Cheers!

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 9:19 a.m. PST

I don't paint plastic figures but those few metal figures that come in strips that need to be cut to base I prefer to cut before painting.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 10:08 a.m. PST

In some cases, yes I do. But that is not my normal process.



jdpintex01 Apr 2022 3:00 p.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2022 7:44 p.m. PST

I may spray prime miniatures on the sprue.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2022 2:04 a.m. PST

Only plastics that are not multi part. I do that for 15mm & 6mm Epic figures, otherwise I assemble before painting.

14Bore02 Apr 2022 3:57 a.m. PST

Started out that way when Minifig came out

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2022 5:27 p.m. PST


ScoutJock05 Apr 2022 10:28 a.m. PST

I do with ghg infantry, I think it helps speed the process along assembly line fashion.

COL Scott ret13 Apr 2022 9:53 p.m. PST

I paint the one true scale, 1:72, so I partially clip sprues. I leave usually the bottom and an occasional second attachment, then I go to town (slowly) painting the whole box.

If they had to be assembled first I wouldn't use this method.

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