Wow, I really took a lot longer than expected to make this post. ORZ. Between Rainbow Six: Las Vegas, weekend otaku gatherings and school, my life has been really occupied recently. And I haven’t even started on my school work. I am living life to the fullest! Yay! (Although I really want to go back to World of Warcraft with Burning Crusade right now)
So anyway, Day 2 of my grand project to build Miina! In Day 1, I sandpapered the hell out of everything. Now it’s time to apply the primer!
What is a primer? This is a primer!
It looks like a can of mace except that it’s not. Although I’m sure it will hurt if you spray it into someone’s eyes. Basically the primer is a coat of chemicals that make the surface of the material easier to paint. Paint sticks better to the primer coat than to plastic or metal surface. The primer also provides a uniform base colour for easier painting.
But first, you have to drill holes into all the pieces and stick unbent paper clips into them so that you can have a grip for holding the parts when you spray the primer onto them.
Here’s a cool picture of a box of paper clips because I don’t have a drill with me. Cooool. Anyway, the holes are drilled in places that will not be visible in the final completed figurine, unless you happen to like holes in your figurines’ chests. You sick bastard.
Using the paper-clip rod thingies that are now attached to the parts, you can stick all of them into a piece of styroform or something because after you spray the primer you don’t want them to touch any surfaces. It makes you look like you know what you are doing.
And finally, you spray the shite out of every piece with the primer. Shake well until you feel an endothermic reaction taking place before spraying. Shaking the primer can makes you look cool and professional so be sure to do it in front of other people, especially those belonging to the opposite gender.
It’s important to achieve an even coating because you are just begging for more sandpapering otherwise. Don’t stand facing the wind while spraying or you might get primed too. Spray in short and quick bursts. Wear a glove on your offhand that is holding the part if your paper-clip rod thingies aren’t long enough to keep it out of the field of fire.
If you don’t manage to achieve an even coating or if you have air bubbles trapped under the primer, then throw the parts away and commit seppuku for being an idiot. I am of course kidding. As you can see, I am still alive. There’s no need to panic, make sure you don’t try to fix the problem by spraying even more primer onto the areas affected because that’s like stabbing yourself a hundred times to cover up a bullet wound. Instead, wait for the primer to dry…
After the primer is dry, it’s sandpapering time again. Sandpaper is fun. It’s Japan’s national pastime. Sandpaper until everything is smooth and even again. Don’t be (too) concerned if some areas are now left without a primer coating. It’s perfectly fine (for a n00b first timer who sucks a lot). Just remember, even Bill Gates started off from sandpapering.
So anyway, that’s all for Day 2. Isn’t primer so much fun? It’s almost as awesome as sandpaper! Next week arbitrary time lapse, we will talk about paint and airbrushing! It’s not as much fun as sandpapering, but hey, we will finally get to see some colours!