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PostSubject: Figure Painting   Wed 26 Apr 2017, 5:22 pm

I was wondering if anyone out there has had experience painting the soft plastic figures more commonly known as toy soldiers. Most of the 1/72nd scale figures I've come across are such.

They are a soft plastic that has an oily feel to the surface. They're easily bent to shape and tend not to hold paint very well. I've washed them with Westley's Bleach White and even used a tooth brush with rubbing compound. After priming with Tamiya primer, it will eventually flake off, especially on larger flat surfaces.

So far, I've gotten a few finished by handling very gently, but was wondering if anyone has tips or tricks.

Thanks much.
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PostSubject: Re: Figure Painting   Wed 10 May 2017, 10:11 am

A dedicated plastic primer, from an auto parts store as an undercoat?
I'm also wondering if you could apply some solvent, then paint while the solvent is working on the surface plastic. Be very fiddley in 1/72 though.
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PostSubject: Re: Figure Painting   Wed 10 May 2017, 12:17 pm

Agreed, a flexible primer would be best, but you could loose detail in that scale. Perhaps even a self etching style primer could work.
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