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Painting hands on separate figures
Manitoba, Canada
Joined: August 17, 2007
KitMaker: 17 posts
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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?

United States
Joined: September 22, 2010
KitMaker: 102 posts
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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
England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: January 24, 2012
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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.
Wojewodztwo Podkarpackie, Poland
Joined: December 05, 2007
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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.