Thursday, November 4, 2010

Death Korps of Krieg Baby Project: a primer bag!

This is going to be very silly, BUT a lot of great ideas are silly at first, until you use them.
So I have been priming my models for ever in a card board box, cut open on one side, for easy spray access. But since I put models on corks, the spray sometimes knocks them over, or they fall.
Also, to get the whole model done quickly, I have to turn it around and touch it while the model is still wet. In short, it's not the best way to do things.
This morning I used an old plastic bag as a giant glove and held my lil' krieg guys on the corks.
It is so easy! I can't believe I didn't think of this before. 'Ere we go:
1.shake your can
2. hold your guy in your special Primer Bag
3. Spray! You can coat the model in one go, getting in all the nooks and crannies by rotating the model with your Primer Bag Glove
4. Good Result! It's done in 20 seconds, the coat is thin and everywhere and the hands stay clean.

I know you are probably all rolling your eyes at this kind of stuff, but these were posts that inpsired and helped me out back in the day and i figured it was time to do some of this tutorial stuff again. Feel free to comment with links about primer advice and I can create a follow up post with all of them in there. Important stuff!

Mike

13 comments:

  1. disposable latex / synthetic gloves also work, and you dont have to worry about the plastic bag blowing around and getting stuck to the model. Trust me, it can happen!!

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  2. This idea certainly works for a single model, but what about when you have 40+ Orks that are ready to be primed?

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  3. I do something similar where I use adhesive putty to attach 30+ models to a 1" x 1" x 2' stick. I lean the stick against the inner side of an open top/open side box, spray to get the top face figures and the back of the front face figures... well you get the idea. Rotate, repeat. Then reorient the stick. Tends to get all models uniformly primed very quickly.

    (Yes, all four sides of the stick have models adhered to it.)

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  4. @Kingworks - when the GW site did the last round of the "Tale of 4 Gamers" for the 8th edition fantasy launch, the Skaven player made a big arm's length plastic sleeve that he could attach models for priming. Same concept, just on a larger scale!

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  5. "I know you are probably all rolling your eyes at this kind of stuff..."

    Nope. I think this is great. Thank you.

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  6. I use disposable gloves and an old long-sleeve shirt (reused whenever I prime)to hold larger models when priming without getting primer on myself. I used to use a box turned upside down and rotated with my hand (holding the box from underneath) to do large lots of small models, but now I use a paint stir stick (you can get 30" one from the paint store) and mounting tape to paint 20 or 25 models at a time. Just be sure to remove the models from the mounting tape, as it can adhere well over time.

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  7. I'm in the model-on-a-stick camp. I usually use a yard stick from Home Depot with double sided tape on each side. They usually have a hole at one end for hanging the stick, so I spray then hang them out to dry. Since the stick is 3' long I just use the last foot or so as a handle. The plastic bag idea is completely awesome for single mini priming though and I'll be adding it to my bag O tricks!

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  8. Cool idea, fits with my own moment of inspiration for priming. I used the cbox, until I needed an alligator clip while fixing my car. Light bulb moment. I bought whole bag of twenty at Harbor Freight Tools for 5 bucks. I glued the clips to 1/8" dia. wooden skewers, about 5 inches tall, drilled a series of evenly spaced holes in a 4' x 4' chunk of particle board. I clip the model using either a pre-existing point (e.g., AoBR marines have the bar for the slotted bases, clip that) or stick a small piece of plasti-rod into holes on pieces
    (sm backpacks, etc.), stick them in the holes on the particle board, and prime away. Works quite well.

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  9. Welcome to the "cardboard boxes are so 90's" club!

    Next thing you know you'll be checking the temp of the can to ensure it's ideal...

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  10. Wow, I wish I had thought of your idea before, I hate it when I have to touch the model before it's dry and I leave fingerprints on the base! I was wondering how you kept the models attached to corks though?

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  11. Rubber kitchen gloves. May be easier to find than latex, and cover a good way down your arm to protect from overspray. Plus they last forever.

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  12. Ah, darn, I thought you were going to show some technique where you throw primer in a bag with a bunch of models.

    Shake and bake primer!

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  13. Walgreens sells both kitchen gloves and boxs of vinyl gloves

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