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Subject: Painting the game pieces on the sprue? rss

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Dustin Culbertson
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Just ordered the game and would like to spruce up the game pieces. I thought about doing a simple dry brush/wash on the pieces but to save time I was pondering doing it will they were still on the sprue.

Anyone have any experience doing something like this? Any tips/pointers?
 
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Reed Dawley
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Are they on sprues? I do not remember them being sprued up.
 
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Drew Lawson
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I'd strongly suggest not doing this. I mean... you'll end up with painted models that then have to be clipped off the sprues, leaving you with unpainted spurs projecting out from your ships.
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Lance Harrop
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Wash them in dish soap and rinse them thoroughly, then let them completely dry before you start.

There is the issue that some models, the carriers particularly, will warp when you cut them loose unless you are very careful. If they do just soak them in hot water until they are soft, then bend them back into shape, and dip them in cold water to fix the shape. Painting them first might affect this process.

So I'd say that cutting them loose, trimming them, reshaping the warped models, cleaning them (oil from your skin is a much a problem as the modeling oil you are washing off) and then painting them is best.

And yes, I have individual sets of pieces for all eighteen races.
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Steve Williams
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From my impetuous youth's experience*, I can tell you that painting on the sprue is not a good idea. In addition to the aforementioned spurs and cuts that won't have paint on them, you'll also have a hard time painting the fighters as they are very close to the sprue's runners.

I used to paint 40k models on the sprue when I first started as a teenager in 2000, and the difference between that and doing it the right way is staggering.
 
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Dustin Culbertson
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All right all right... I guess I won't be lazy and do it the right way. . I like painting so it won't be too bad. I was thinking I could get in a rush job this weekend before I take it on a trip.
 
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Starkiller
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I've really thought about doing a real simple job on mine....
but I've never done it before.

So then I start thinking about paying someone else....

Sigh. I will learn sometime.
 
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Jonathan Challis
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IMCarnochan wrote:
Are they on sprues? I do not remember them being sprued up.


The first printing like mine was definitely on sprue. More recent ones have come preclipped and in bags...
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Klure Junior
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I did my base coat when on the Sprue. Full Write up and details here:


http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/680079/painted-my-ti3-pi...
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Dustin Culbertson
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Anyone have any ideas on set up for mass painting? Most of my experience is with individual minis (Malifaux mostly). I usually set each one up on a bottle cap but I'd like to do a bunch at a time if I'm just doing basic coat, dry brush, and wash. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Stanley A Wilkins Jr MD
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I agree with my friend Steve....I have a fairly nice painted set that I bring to Origins and Gen-Con every year. I have done 9 colors and process of doing 4-5 more. You can cut the sprue so that each ship is only attached by 1 edge.This takes 20 minutes and some carefull planning. I would suggest priming them on the sprue and the base color on the sprue. After that it is easier to do detail work,wash or dip(I've done both)etc. Hope this helps...
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