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Subject: Painting tips for 2005 version needed rss

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Mr. Money
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Hi,

I thought I would paint the little bots so I need some advice. I plan to paint them in detail and am new at this.

1) Do I need to coat them with primer before painting? (I know that should be done with spray paint but I'm not spray prainting.)

2) Other than Testors, the only model paint I can get here is Academy paints (pack of 10). Should I go with Academy? Which would look better, flat or gloss?

3) After painting, should I seal the bots with something to protect from chipping?

Thanks.

 
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mark camp
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I would suggest spray priming, either black of gray, unless you want very bright robots, then use white. I have good luck with everyday acrylic paints that you can get pretty cheap in a craft store. They may not hold up to full on miniature painting for things like warhammer, but I haven't had any problems with any of my games I've painted with them (Decent, Dark World, World of Warcraft). An ink wask will also help you bring out what detail there is in the Roborally sculpts, especially on things like the threads on the screwbot. I would suggest sealing them with a spray finish. I use a matte finish that is easy to find at A C Moore or Michaels that tones down any glossy paint and protects against chipping when someone inevitably drops a figure. Just don't overdo the finish. If the can is too close or any one layer too thick, it can turn milky. Just follow the directions on the can and you shouldn't have a problem.
 
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Peter Cobcroft
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The new version bots I painted (in the photos section) were not primed - as the plastic already had a coating of paint on it, I thought it wasn't that necessary. The previous version bots were white metal and I did prime them.

Anyhow, the new bots-

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/112832
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/112830
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/112829
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/112828
(unfortunately I don't have a very good digital camera)

I used a gloss varnish on them to help against wear and tear.
 
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Marc Hartstein
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I have the older version of the game with the pewter minis. I used Testors gloss paints on them with a gloss coat and they came out great. I felt that paint which is designed for models of race cars would be a good choice for the Robo Rally robots. I have no idea how well Testors works on plastic, but I say definitely go with gloss.
 
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