|Plaguebearers, now with added contrast!|
A complaint you hear from people working with metals (and resin for that matter) is that paint tends to chip off, even when plenty of primer has been used. A secondary problem I personally had is glue failing to hold bits in place. Both are quite inconvenient and (mostly) easy to prevent. The main culprits are leftover casting agent and finger grease.
|New models with lots of very small, easily lost bits...I'd better assemble these straight away. Not so fast! You have to clean the models first.|
|Everyone ready for their first bath? No? Good, there we go.|
|Waiting while models soak has to be the easiest part of the hobby (right after buying more stuff I'll never finish).|
|Nah this glove has never ben used before.|
|Buying a dedicated miniature scrubbing toothbrush is preferable to borrowing one from an unsuspecting roommate.|
4. Using a toothbrush (preferably one dedicated for this task) scrub the soaked miniature under a running tab (cold water can be used, or lukewarm if your precious appendages can't stand cold water).
|That's one drowning wood elf.|
5. Marvel at the color difference between the miniature before and after cleaning. (And ignore the fact that I've been using two separate photo sets for this one story).
|Don't be like a certain blogger who shall remain nameless and try priming wet models. It'll make a mess (or so I've heard...).|
6. Put the models on some kitchen towelette to dry and wait another day. I usually put a solid lid underneath that can serve as a tray so I can transport the cleaned models without touching them. I do touch pre-assembled models with bare hands because I'm clumsy enough to glue my gloves to a miniature. In this case I avoid areas that need to hold glue. After the glue has dried, go back to step 1 of this tutorial.
|Next step (after the primer has cured): applying paint.|
7. Don't touch assembled and cleaned metal models with your bare hands! As soon as the assembled models are dried apply a primer to them. I prefer airbrushed primers, but this comes down to personal taste. After this point you still shouldn't touch your models with bare fingers until varnish is applied (but we all do because it makes painting easier).
|The truly impatient can always try an arcane technique called 'dabbing the models dry'. It's rumored that a secret cult of monks living high up on a mysterious mountain range can teach this technique. Try untutored at your own risk...|
If you want to speed up the drying process, you can always dab with the towelette. But my paint stack is big enough to wait for the models to dry of natural causes. I hope this helps someone. Happy painting.