I’m in need of advice from anyone who has experience painting Axis & Allies sculpts.
I’ve started the long project of painting my armies and the main trouble that I’m having is getting the paint to stick, especially to infantry.
I’ll give you an overview of my project…
I’m using Tamiya model sprays, so I won’t be creating any additional details.
My sculpts are a combination of OOB ('40, '42) and HBG.
My goals are:
1. Use colors that are less game-y looking and more muted without compromising visibility.
2. Broaden the sculpt options per nation (i.e. using 2e Anzac sculpts like Warspite and Beaufort in UK tan)
3. Eliminate the difference in shade between OOB and HBG.
4. Sculpted details ‘pop’ more when painted.
I have a process which produced some highly successful test pieces. However, I have since been unable to duplicate their quality and I cannot figure out why.
1. Soak pieces with warm water and Dawn soap to remove mold release agents.
2. Rinse and dry.
3. Paint with a spray primer at room temp.
A. I’ve tried multiple primers (Krylon Fusion satin white, Citadel, Tamiya primer)
4. Let dry at least 24 hours.
5. Paint with light coats of Tamiya model sprays (room temp)
6. Let dry at least 24 hours.
7. Coat with Testors spray lacquer (semi gloss, @ room temp)
8. Let dry at least 24 hours.
I made perfect test pieces that whose colors were solid and perfectly scratch-proof.
So I went and bought the rest of the sprays that I wanted which were not cheap, and have since been unable to duplicate that quality. Infantry pieces seem to be especially ‘flaky’.
Have I missed something?
Is a soak in soapy water not enough, do I need to scrub each piece?
I’m afraid to paint en masse without 100% confidence that the paint won’t just scratch off after.
If anyone can advise me on my process/equipment, I would be very grateful! Thanks.