Step by step progress for my retro(circa2001) #gamesworkshop #tau crisis suit for #warhammer40k. Saw some pictures of Tron themes paint jobs and had to try it, especially with this model being new in package for a few bucks.
This collection is supposed to show the first steps: prep, clean, and prime.
#1 is everything on the sprues and the tools needed. Flat-sided soft material cutters and an xacto knife (that ergo grip makes life so easy). #2 just kind of showing how those clippers should be positioned to cut the pieces off. Flat against the piece you want, not against the sprues. Didn't really need the xacto in this case.
#3 has pieces laid out and organized as well as the next tools. Small needle files with different profiles work great for getting rid of mold lines or evening out pieces that don't line up perfectly.
#4 shows what we're looking for. Mold lines, leftover sprue, uneven edges.
#5 shows before and after of the leg joints. It's a small thing but makes a big difference.
#6 shows laid out all the pieces I want to use. You get a variety of weapons and options, I took a rifle and what I'm going to make use as a shield. I'll be doing a little customization to the rifle and shield for a little extra flair.
#7 shows all my pieces putty'd down and primed. Chaos black primer since I'll be painting dark colors as the primary base. I'm trying something new and painting each piece before assembly since there is so much detail.
#8 shows primed arm on left vs first coat on the right. Subtle difference but it builds. Color mix is 3pts mechanicus standard grey and 2pts abbadon black. #twothincoats
#9 is gray base coat done. Next is on to the recessed lining and edge highlighting. I transfer my citadel paints to droppers so I have all these extra empty pots. Great for individual pieces stands.