I've been so happy to receive my almost co. complete BA army. There has been so much to look over. For the most part, I'm very happy with the 15 pieces of armor, 2 drop pods and 3 dreadnoughts.
However, I've been going over the quality of the infantry units. For starters, seems like tactical squads were all done to a half-ass degree. Paints were caked up in the crevices, the pieces were very unclean, lots of runners and globs. I had ordered 3 tactical squads; all of which were posed exactly the same way. I decided to break off the arms to re-do them. To my surprise, my hunch was right... the models were self casted resin... paints started chipping as they didn't bother with surface priming on resin. A very big no no...
To begin with, all power fist models were posed like so with the same powerfist being used over and over again. Once I broke off the arm, I noticed the chest piece had no mould lines. It was a single piece casted with both front and rear ends as one. This is the reposing mock fit with pins (silver bit on armpit) Finally, still no expert at this, but i attempted to sculpt in greenstuff on the joinage gap between plate armor. Here's another example of trying to make the most poses out of what I got. And another one...
Be expecting more updates on my endeavor to "correct" this army... Trust me, it gets better... this is the least of my problems. I guess nothing is ever as good as they market it as... sigh... lol
The resin primer I use "mr. resin primer" helps hold paint better on slick resin surfaces. Prior to this, the parts have been soaked in warm water+detergent for 2 nights to strip off the mold release agent. The reason why I use mr. resin primer is because the spray is actually a really fine putty. When it cures, it creates a really good canvas for paints to adhere evenly.
When I work with resin parts, I try to do minimal drilling. Reason is resin is extremely toxic to the body. I try not cut or drill as much as I can from a resin part, only ever enough for the part to hold and retain structurally sound. The shovel shield is attached by tongue&groove with a paper clip. The protrusion is less than 3mm as the shovel shield is rather thin. Only sticking out enough to provide a stable hold to the shield.
So far my batch of casts have been pretty decent, minimal bending in hot water was required. Just trying to build up to the moment when my stormravens/BA dreadnoughts arrive. This will have to suffice.