HOW TO PAINT 1/72 FIGURES

First, be sure to wash them with warm soapy water. In manufacturing, oil is used to separate the figures from the mold and there is always residual oil on them. Warm soapy water will remove that. If you don't wash them, the oil will cause the paint to fall off.

Second, use a plastic primer. Don't use just any primer. You need something to bond to soft plastic, which is made from a different material than the hard plastics of 28mm scale. Use Krylon® Fusion and Rust-Oleum® Specialty Plastic Primer, available at Wal-Mart and other places.

To glue riders to horses, or anything else, use Loctite Plastics Bonding System. This is a special type of glue made specifically for soft plastic like that used in 1/72 miniatures.

Paint as you wish. Finish it off with The Army Painter Dip. It comes in three blends: light, strong and dark. Strong is useful for most everything, but it is your preference.

Follow instructions on the can and this will provide excellent shading for your miniatures and the dip serves as a varnish that seals the paint and further protects it from chipping or flaking.

Use Matt Spray, if you wish to remove the glossy effect. Also available from us, and made by The Army Painter. Handle with care. No matter what you do to a plastic or metal miniature, the paint will wear off or chip if dropped or mishandled.

SUGGESTIONS ON PAINTING 1/72 FIGURES


Wash with warm soapy water while still on the sprue. In manufacturing, oil is used to separate the figures from the mold and there is always residual oil on them. Warm soapy water will remove that. If you don't wash them, the oil will cause the paint to fall off.

Remove the miniatures from the sprue. Use a sharp utility or hobby knife for removing flash. Never use a file on 1/72 plastics. It will tear up the plastic and make a mess of it. Give your file away to your buddy who paints 15mm. You don't need it anymore.

Use a plastic primer. You need something to bond to soft plastic, which is made from a different material than the hard plastics of 28mm scale.

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