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How much time do you spend removing mould lines from a basic troop type model?
A minute 26% [ 1533 ]
Several minutes 45% [ 2634 ]
Half an hour 10% [ 590 ]
More that an hour 5% [ 306 ]
I dont bother removing them 13% [ 744 ]
I dont paint or collect models 0% [ 28 ]
Other (write in) 1% [ 72 ]
Total Votes : 5907
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Da Big Mek

London, UK

Poll suggested by MrMerlin
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Ragin' Ork Dreadnought

Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany

Thanks again for adding my suggestion!
I spend a little les than half an hour on an ork, but my brother needs several hours for it..... sheesh!

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Longtime Dakkanaut

Los Angeles

I answered "Several Minutes" but the amount of time varies based on the medium of the model. Most of my IG army is metal so mold lines can take a while to file off but the plastic troops in my Ork and Dark Eldar armies may only require a few minutes each.

Generally I am pretty obsessive about getting mold lines off even my regular troops but I'd never get anything finished if I spent more than half an hour per model.

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Fanatic with Madcap Mushrooms

Auburn CA

I do not normally remove them unless I can see them at more than arms length

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Longtime Dakkanaut

Dundee, Scotland/Dharahn, Saudi Arabia

I answered a few minutes,
That's all it usually takes me, but I always remove all the mould lines.

If the thought of something makes me giggle for longer than 15 seconds, I am to assume that I am not allowed to do it.
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Revving Ravenwing Biker

Springfield, Oregon

Several minutes for me as well. It is not that difficult especially on plastic models but it does need to be done, as a lot of these lines tend to be in obvious places.

I usually do my line cleanup in two passes, once while everything is still on the sprue. Then I prime. Then I clip cleaning the small bit of mould like there, assemble and prime second coat.

Works really well and gets a nice finish.

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Dakka Veteran

Everywhere I'm not supposed to be.

I chose several minutes, and it varies greatly. If I'm doing one of my SW, it takes me longer than doing another Cadian. Mostly because I've done somewhere in the ballpark of 150 IG grunts, and maybe only 10 or so marines.

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Raging Rat Ogre


I voted "other"; however long it take.

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Battle-tested Knight Castellan Pilot

Vancouver BC Canada

I voted other; As long as it bloody well takes to either file or scrape all the mould lines off. I don't know how many models I have seen that have AWSOME conversions or paintjobs that is ruined by mould lines. If you can take the time to do awsome Greenstuff work or a neat kit-bash please take the time to remove the mould lines.

Everytime you don't remove a mould line before painting a model GW kills a kitten, Why wont you think of the kittens!!!??

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Drone without a Controller


I often debated whether or not I have OCD. It sometimes takes me an hour or so to remove the mold lines/flash in a model.

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Brainless Servitor

Yeah half an hour for me. Tedious.
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Sneaky Striking Scorpion

Deep in the Webway

I feel pretty amateur now, I don't bother removing them unless they're really obvious
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Hellish Haemonculus

Boskydell, IL

For basic troopers I don't put a whole lot of work into it.

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Scarred Ultramarine Tyrannic War Veteran

I don't know!

About 5 minets.

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Mutilatin' Mad Dok

Liverpool, england

A few minutes, varying, depending on how bad they are, obviously.

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Martial Arts SAS

Pamplona, Spain

Several minutes, and it's sooo boring... the part I dislike the most in the whole process.

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Stalwart Dark Angels Space Marine

New Jersey

Anyone that doesn't remove mold lines shouldn't bother painting the model.
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Doc Brown

The Bleak Land of Gehenna (a.k.a Kentucky)

Around five minutes or so, maybe a little more for metal models. Granted, I occasionally miss a line or two, but the ones I miss are usually very minute lines.

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Slippery Ultramarine Scout Biker

Chippewa Lake, Ohio

I concur with my son!!!
Only a few minutes and while you are at it, drill the darn gun barrels!!!
I perfer a medium paint job and a clean look than a nice job with flash!!!
The task sucks, but it is part of the MODELING man... so just do it!!!

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Scarred Ultramarine Tyrannic War Veteran

I don't know!

LOL, 944 views and only 16 or so replies.

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Nurgle Predator Driver with an Infestation

The Memphis Sprawl

Just a couple of minutes. If it's going to be getting the plague marine treatment sometimes I don't even bother, as the nurglifying process will mask/destroy them in most cases.

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Sinewy Scourge


I voted an hour, as I basically lose count... That's somewhat an exaggeration, but I need to find every little buggery dodgy line on even the smallest detail, whether it's seen or not after the miniature is painted. I then give each miniature a wash with soap to remove dust particles and grease.

I've found some kits to be harder than others. Lootas are a chore, and the first AoBR I got was absolutely dire, with more plastic in the mould lines than the rest of the kit combined

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Boosting Space Marine Biker

Decatur, IL

Tara wrote:I concur with my son!!!
Only a few minutes and while you are at it, drill the darn gun barrels!!!
I perfer a medium paint job and a clean look than a nice job with flash!!!
The task sucks, but it is part of the MODELING man... so just do it!!!

I'm with you guys, take the time to do some prep work to make your figures look good. I voted a couple minutes, but probably more like 15. I get mold lines, and and little mistakes that might have happened in the molding process. I'm not a Golden Daemon painter, but I like to take pride in my work.

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Dankhold Troggoth

Shadeglass Maze

Not worth it to me... I once removed the mold lines of all parts of 100 hormagaunts, before assembling them. So, every mold line, even those not visible when assembled............

I did this in a row, before doing anything else. Ended up selling the army due to burnout. Ever since then, I vowed not to discourage myself that much on a project and only remove mold lines that are very obvious.
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Nigel Stillman

Seattle WA

A couple minutes, but I usually forget.

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Lieutenant Colonel

I used to spend hours and I always missed stuff. My system is now like this:-

1. Drill out the Barrels of any weapons.
2. Remove Mould lines for about 30mins.
3. Light prime in black and allow to dry,
4. Inspect model and remove any other lines that become visible or are still obvious.
5. Final light Coat of Black primer to cover those area;s and any that you missed with 1st primer.

It is long winded but gives good results. Many a well painted model is ruined by mould lines being visible. Patience and diligence gives the best results.

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Fixture of Dakka


I tend to do it by kit, not by model. It's one of the 'I'm watching TV (or my wife play Skyrim) tasks. I clip everything off the sprues into a box, then piece by piece de-line them into another box.

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Yellin' Yoof on a Scooter

As I remove mold lines from random bits in a box, placing the finished ones into a new box, I'd say several minutes to about an hour for enough bits to build a full miniature.

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Whiteshield Conscript Trooper


I never knew how to remove them so i just left 'em there.

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Long-Range Land Speeder Pilot

Colorado Springs CO USA

I can usually get a terminator space marine done to the point I'm happy with in about a half an hour or so, I can get a gaunt done in about 10 minutes and a regular space marine in about 15 or so.

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