Well, I moved and I´ve been doing a little less painting and a bit more videogaming, but I´m on the way again.
Today I´m gonna explain you how I assemble my minis, cause is a thing my mates laughed until they had to paint big minis.
First of all I cut the minis out of the sprue, then I proceed to blade-file the mould lines and then I´m prepared to paint.
Wait... do you paint the minis unassembled?
Yep, is the best way to not mess around with this pieces too near to other pieces to be painted and to get the full mini painted, with no unpainted gaps.
What I do is paint them in batches as big as you can paint them without mess or paint other areas.
1 st E.G.: if the mini to be painted is an eldar guardian, I´ll glue every piece except the head (cause it usually is painted white) and the weapon arm, notice that I´ll glue the arm that support the weapon but not the arm that holds and fires the weapon, it will be painted apart.
2 nd E.G.: if the mini to be painted is a kroot it will be glued completely, since the gaps between the weapon and the body are big enough to be painted easily.
3 rd E.G.: if the mini to be painted is a crisis suit/wraithlord/dreadnought I will paint the mini piece by piece, because there are some techniques (drybrush mainly) that can mess with other parts of the mini, and they are too big to be hold properly since I like to paint with my hands supported by a table to gain "aim" and precision.
When I got the mini glued in the proper pieces, I start to paint following an order, not the classical prime/basecoats/inks/hightlights/details order, but an order in which the first piece painted is the one that I want to paint... less.
Look at the following picture:
.- Dammit they are so big, I´ve been painting this piece for ages, I want to finish it... NOW.