I haven't finished painting m[spoiler]ine, but I assembled it fully before painting and could reach every part of it with a brush easily enough. I don't think subassemblies are necessary. Perhaps desirable depending on how you prefer painting and how well you can control your brush, but definitely not necessary. If you do subassemblies, yeah, you should probably leave the contact surfaces clear or clean them up after painting.
I have already primed the separate pieces, but your advice is still welcome. Thanks.
As for durability issues, the model doesn't stand out in my experience. Frankly I'd be more worried about his feeble arm or thin space elf sword breaking during transportation than the swirly crap causing any trouble. Every part of it is either thick or has several connection points and once fully assembled is sturdier than it looks. I used Revell plastic cement in fair amounts if that makes a difference.[/color]
Good to know. I chose the smaller sword that is pointed down as it will decrease the overall height. Matching what you pointed out.
The comparison to the metal hybrid Crusader? Yeah. I don't want to assemble either model again. But the Yncarne once finished never gave the impression that I needed to handle it with extra care. Unlike those hurricane bolters.
Someone above pointed out hellions. Yeah, I have a 5 pack of those, and thankfully, somewhere in 5th edition, the memory is buried and I can't recall how I assembled those. Tweezers or needle nose pliers were needed, no doubt.
Pinning: Most of the Fire/Energy "joints" are 1 millimeter thick. Maybe 2. Pinning, unless the pin is visible as a ... 'joist'? 'strap'? well, it'd have to be that.
The good joke I earned out of all this came from a guy on FB
For durability's sake, he said to encase it in a clear resin cylinder. I had never heard of such a thing**, but the other, more experienced, hobbyists had a laugh on my ignorance.
Han Solo carbonite punchlines and such.
I still like the idea, though, since that cylinder would be a 'Monstrous Creature, heavy resin, cylinder of death ... which could double as a weight/sap in case of a throw down.'.
I have learned:
1. I have been reassured that the model isn't that fragile, thanks Geifer,
2. Painting it won't be as bad as I thought, from multiple sources, thanks again, Geifer.
3. To take a complicated model like this, and use the box's picture as well as GW
's 360 degree web feature to really, really, eyeball where the damned pieces go.
Since it is 'subassembled' (and that's a new term for me, thanks, Geifer, dang. I owe you a beer!) I'll just go ahead and paint the pieces separately anyway, and really eyeball and look over pix when the final put-together comes along.
Next week? I'll post photos.
My thoughts went to clear resin coffee tables, Legos and 40k
dioramas that the 'artist' then covered in clear resin. But for a 40k
model?!?! I really thought this could be a viable option.
... still kinda do.