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Priming Bones Miniatures.

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I paint very slowly so I never had a problem with priming. I use gesso from Liquitex and was happy.

 

Now thanks to CAV, Bones I, II, and III I have a massive backlog of stuff to paint. Sure Gesso is great for painting a few miniatures here and there but no good when it comes to bulk priming (it's just too slow.). I don't have a airbrush but I do have access to lots of hardware spray paints (which I use on my Gundam and military models). Is there any that works on Bones without becoming sticky or eating away the plastic.

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If you've never used the spray primer on Bones before, test it on one you can afford to lose, or some Bones sprue if you have some.  In some cases, a primer that works fine for one person might not work as well for another.  Formulas of primer can vary as the manufacturer chooses, often without any warning.  Also, spray as lightly as you can get away with.  Use multiple thin coats if needed.

 

If you read the referenced thread by Wren, you'll see that primer is not necessary on Bones, though many people choose to use some anyway.

 

I haven't gone the airbrush route either, but there are some low cost options out there if you decide you'd like to do something basic like priming or basecoating with one. 

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Ugh. That don't sound to promising. Maybe I should just take a day out and prime as many as I can with Gesso. :mellow:

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Unfortunately, using any kind of aerosols on Bones is a crap shoot.  I've been experimenting with different types of spray cans for both priming and top coating over the last bit - seeing as my go-to miniature painting products (by Krylon) have resulted in problems.  I'm still trying to find a nice balance between price and performance for my own needs, but there are a lot of products that do work on Bones.  Tamiya primer, for example, works well although it is kinda pricey.

 

The Egg     

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Wash them with soap and water with a toothbrush, let them dry, then do a 50/50 coat of Reaper Brown Liner and water. It sticks perfectly, acts as a priming coat and thanks to being thinned acts as a pre-shader that lets you see the details much better.

 

I've done this on all of my bones figures since I found out about it during the 3rd kickstarter, and have never had a problem. It goes on quick since it's so watery, but sticks amazingly and other paint sticks onto it better than onto bones itself.

 

Same example I post everywhere. It says 2:1 but its more of 1:1 because the water dropper I use has bigger drops than the reaper bottles.

 

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I've been using the Krylon camo primers and they work just fine on bones:

 

http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/67850-krylon-camo-primer-plastic-fusion-anyone-try-this-out/

 

I admit that I have yet to try the Krylon camo paint.  It is definitely on my "to-do" list though.

 

The Egg

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Everyone has their own kinds that they like, so it may be different for you. For myself, the Krylon primer has done pretty well, but the Duplicolor Grey Sandable Primer has given me fantastic results. It comes out more as a mist than a spray, so you need to sweep back and forth a little more slowly, but it picks the detail on the miniature incredibly well. From what I heard, P3 primer is just a Duplicolor can that's been rebranded. Either way, it works great.

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Everyone has their own kinds that they like, so it may be different for you. For myself, the Krylon primer has done pretty well, but the Duplicolor Grey Sandable Primer has given me fantastic results. It comes out more as a mist than a spray, so you need to sweep back and forth a little more slowly, but it picks the detail on the miniature incredibly well. From what I heard, P3 primer is just a Duplicolor can that's been rebranded. Either way, it works great.

The P3 Black Primer left the base of a bones figure tacky for over a week when I tried it....

I use P3 white and black as my preferred primer for metal and resin, but Reaper Grey liner cut 50% then sprayed through my airbrush is just the ticket as far as I am concerned. (For Bones that is....)

 

George

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I prime with Army Painter spray at the moment, and so far, I've not had issues. At worst, the black is particularly slow drying (I get bored and tend to leave it overnight, but it really doesn't need that long).

 

However, as I've not varnished any of my finished minis, I'm unsure if there's a reaction that's going to spawn at that point that'll sway me to different behaviours. For now, it's how I roll.

 

Weather/climate/humidity/etc have an effect of course also, though the finer points are lost on me. I live in the UK and I spray in the lean to against my house, which isn't particularly warm but is at least dry, without an extreme of humidity going on. 

 

(I've primed with Army Painter Grey and Black so far)

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