Monday, September 27, 2010

[40K] Progress; Primer Problems

I finally quit my procrastination and began work on the Mexi-Marines for the Dude. I gave up trying to overlay primer or paint by hand on the already black-primed figs and hit them with some white spray primer.

There are far more than I originally guessed. I have five 10 man squads, two 5 man assault squads, two 5 man Terminator squads, a 5 man Scout squad, a standard bearer/captain type, a Libby, 2 Dreadnaughts, and a Rhino to work on. [This is probably my fall/winter project.]

Because this is truly a three color army, I am doing all of the green first. I have well over 20 Space Marines with green left arms right now, like so:

I honestly would probably have a great deal more, but I encountered a self-induced problem.

A BAD primer job.

I was warned the bottle was almost empty, but I thought I could eke out enough to cover all the guys I needed to get painted. It's finally becoming fall here in the land of the corn, so I also knew my choices for days to spray were limited. I had a warm night last week and I took all of the figs outside to get them covered before it rained or got cold (which it did the following day).

I have more than a couple guys with sandy and gritty spots as well as a good number that got primer on the top arc but are missing coverage on the undercarriage.

You can see a good example of this kind of problem here, on the guy on the right front, and the worst of the bunch in the back on the right.

For these guys, I am spot priming by hand. I'm also removing flash and molding lines after priming (bad form, I know) because those elements were not nearly as visible before being primed.

Despite all of that, I have a bunch of guys in white, waiting to get painted.

My hands will have plenty to do while I watch my fall shows: House, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural and Justified.


  1. The only thing worse than a bad priming job is a bad seal coat. It's easy enough, if needed, to strip down the models after some seriously bad primer spraying. The bad seal coat makes me cry though.

    You've got your work cut out for you, that's a lot of models. Being that I'm doing this endless commission job of Marines, I know the long tedious pain you're about to endure.

  2. I'll have to agree with Thor. At least you can fix a bad prime job, a bad seal coat job means you need to completely strip the figure.

    I hate priming. I always end up doing at three coats. One topside coat, then turn the figure over and do one coat from underneath. And then touching up to fix anything I missed.

    I almost always prime black, unless I am painting mostly light colors. I use WalMart brand flat black and flat white spray paint.

    I once painted 250 40K Orcs and goblins one fall for a friend...I painted 20 at a time.

    Tom Reed

  3. I can't wait to see how they all come out. :)

  4. actually, what primer brand are you using?

    Also, one thing I like to do to ensure coverage is get some blu-tac and stick the models on a length of thick dowel rod and then I can spray them from a bunch of angles.

  5. @Lauby- this was Board to Pieces, one of my personal favorites. I don't know how "old" it was, though.

  6. well, if you're having fuzz problems with any regularity, I always recomend duplicolor sandable primer