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Painting hands on separate figures
Spook23
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Manitoba, Canada
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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:34 AM UTC
When painting figures, I follow the usual practice of working from the inside out: start with flesh and add subsequent layers of clothing as I work my way out, just like getting dressed. But in the case of my current project, there are two WWI Imperial German figures: a ground crewman helping a pilot don his heavy flying suit over his service uniform. I'm sure some of you are familiar with this ubiquitous set in 1/48 scale, and also available in 1/32 (54mm).

Anyways, one of the crewman's hands is moulded onto the pilot's shoulder. Should I approach it the same way, painting the flesh on each figure concurrently and then working around the hand as I paint the pilot's uniform? Or, would it be best to wait until the pilot is finished before tackling the hand?

TIA
mohammedcohen
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United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 12:29 PM UTC
Since the Crewman's hand is on the OUTSIDE of the pilot's uniform, I'd paint it accordingly - in the same way as you paint any figure...the hand actually belongs to the figure you're currently painting, so you'd be finishing THAT figure...besides - you want to use the same flesh tome on the oNE figure...the crewman...that's the way I would approach this...

CB in FL
Jon334
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:17 PM UTC
I agree. Paint the pilot and then touch up the goundcrewmans hand with the same basecoat for the flesh and paint all the groundcrews flesh at the same time.
endrju007
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Wojewodztwo Podkarpackie, Poland
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Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 09:22 AM UTC
I usually try to figure out what painting order may cause smallest risk of damaging anything painted before - it usually means that I paint the parts hardest to reach with brush and the parts on the veery top as the last ones.
I'd paint hands as last parts.