How to prime a drop pod

I thought I might share the little trick I have when it comes to priming models. I use a combination of spray priming and brush priming.

A while ago, after much trial and error, I found two things... a good, black spray paint and a cheap black bottle paint that are exact matches. This allows me to spray prime most everything I paint and then go back and touch up the areas I missed with the bottle paint.
It also allows me to go in as I'm working and clean up and mistakes I made without having to worry about the colors matching.

Now this won't work when I use other techniques like priming with different colors similar to what I did with my Lustwing to achieve a certain feel to an army.

This really comes in handy with models like the drop pod where I can paint large areas, work on them and then go back and clean up the edges where paint may have gotten on the wrong part.

Another nice feature of this particular combination (of brands of paint) is that it works great on resin models like the Forge World drop pod I'm working on now. A simple wash with soap and warm water (of course there's more to getting resin prepared to work with) and there's no problem at all getting the spray paint to adhere and leave a nice, smooth coat to work with.

Here are a few more links on priming models:
Things to consider when priming
The actual process I use when priming

And the definitive guide to building and magnetizing a drop pod.

Additional related links:
Cleaning mold lines off resin and large models
Washing resin models prior to painting

Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!


  1. It's always a good thing when you can find a perfect match.

    I use all GW stuff, which in the past unfortunately suffered from the Chaos Black primer not matching the Chaos Black paint, but now they're spot on.

  2. Thanks Ron, the color mismatch has always been the biggest pain in the butt for me in the past. So now I just need to make sure that I can find that bottle of brush on paint. Thanks a lot man that is going to really help out. Had a similar problem with white not matching so I have some interesting skimmers in my Tau army.


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