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Hobby Basics: Priming Minis 101

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Sep 8 2010

Here is another in a series of Hobby Basics articles.  This time I’m talking about one of the most basic, yet often times one of the most frustrating parts of our hobby, priming minis.

We’ve all issues with primer- whether it was too much, too little, flakes, or fuzzy paint.  Priming can be one of the most frustrating parts of the hobby.  Mastering this basic technique is easy however- as the most common solution is to not prime your minis in high humidity.

Another good technique is to watch the range between the spray nozzle and your miniatures. Some primer such as the Army Painter Sprays require a distance of six to eight inches to your models, while Citadel sprays require a longer range to work.

Here are the steps I use when I prime my models.  I think it gives me pretty good coverage as I hit them from every angle.  So flaking is at a minimum, and I get a good even coat.

First I place the models right side down on some cardboard.  Then I hold them in one hand and spray the models as I rotate them on the tray.  Remember don’t hold the spray nozzle down fully. You have to let on and off the nozzle so you don’t soak the models in paint!

Let the models sit for about 5 minutes, then move them over to their other side.  Repeat the process above for the new side. 🙂

Now take the models (make sure you waited at least 5 min for them to surface dry!!!) and place them upright and hit them again from every angle. Now all you have to do is just let them dry for a few hours.  That’s it- follow these hints and your models’ primer job should turn out great.

What tips do you have for priming? 


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