After my post Another Parcel — More Dystopian Wars the other day I asked the question about painting the resin models. Specifically, were there pitfalls and traps to be avoided, that sort of thing.
Mark, one of me old mates from the Tring Wargames Club, famous in Tring, Berko and Winkwell, sent back the following information. I will paint some test pieces soon and try our his comments. When I have painted some stuff, I’ll convert it all to a page for future reference. In the meantime, here are his notes.
I am not going to give you advice on the actual painting as you are far better than me. 😆
The thing we have noticed at Tring is that the release agent Spartan games use on the resin is a real B*gger to get off, stopping the paint adhering properly
I did my usual wash with hot soapy water and a soft toothbrush that I do on all resin stuff before painting and when it had dried started to undercoat with black acrylic and a brush. It was awful , in fact it looked like I had not washed them at all. Back to the drawing board (sink)
I put all the models into hot water to soak.
Putting a small drop of washing up liquid direct on a model I brushed the neat soap onto the model getting a good froth, made sure I had scrubbed all the model, then rinsed it in hot water. This seemed to do the trick and paint adhered ok after that.
On speaking to the guys at club, all of them confirmed having the same trouble. Some had just painted several layers of paint on after a first wash, but with all the fine detail on the models I was reluctant to do this.
I have since found the metal planes also seem to have a bit of a problem with the release agent, but not as much as the resin.
The models have a lot of detail to pick out either by brush or by wash.
Pendraken do I-94 decals on the Minibits site that fit quite nicely for the models . I used the ones for 6mm Aircraft, but I see on the 10mm armour listing are some Japenese flags and roundels of assorted sizes, as well as American white stars and flags. Its probably worth looking at all of the ranges to see if there are other bits you might want like numbers
The “bits and Pieces” will be optional weapons/equipment for the models. The Model Assigned Rules(MARS) will cover this.
You might also want to mention that Tumbling Dice do some 1:600 AA guns that fit in quite nicely , also some of their planes may be suitable