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Brik Paiting?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:51 pm
by AlphaLurker
Is it a good/feasable idea to paint bricks? if so, what should I use?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:15 pm
by Zahru II
As a purist I'm terryfied even of the thought of painting bricks, but I suppose your best bet would be that kind of paint that can be easily removed (acrylic? idk).

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:37 pm
by AlphaLurker
I am relatively purist (I sometimes sharpie bricks, and sometimes cut/glue if I don't have the right part/if necessary) but I want to make a decent army with a uniform color scheme using as many of the bricks that I have as possible, so it is somewhat necessary.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:37 pm
by AlphaLurker
In other words, I don't have the money for bricklink.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:06 pm
by BFenix
Minifigs are alright as long as you are a good painter. Otherwise, no, it's a terrible idea to paint the bricks so they match your army color. Paint eventually comes off with use or when you might want to wash your bricks, plus it will make it more difficult to use them in other colored creations.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:14 pm
by AlphaLurker
Two questions:
1) why would you want to wash your lego?
2) I didn't really get what you meant by the last part. Explain?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:38 pm
by enders_shadow
My personal opinion is no. I hate the look of painted minifigs, it looks really cheesy. Actual bricks, I'd side with Bfenix on this one as well, if you use stripes on a car, for example, when you take the car apart, it'll be pretty difficult to find a new use for those bricks now that they have racing stripes on them.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:42 pm
by AlphaLurker
ooooooooooooooooh. okay, I get it. That really wasn't my intention: I would, for example, paint an orange brick black, or another brick silver. I've seen it effectively done with bionicle masks before, and it looks a heckuvalot better than sharpie.....

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:51 pm
by piltogg
Well.. If you do decide to do it, then you are going to want to use spraypaint. As thin as you can possibly make it. Even a little bit of paint is going to make it difficult for the pieces to fit together. either they will be way too tight, or they wont fit squarely, or they won't work at all. So be extremely careful. If you do it correctly however, it can be really useful. But you will want to be extra careful with painted pieces because if you are searching around in big bins the pieces rub together and the paint wears off.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:54 pm
by AlphaLurker
Thanks for the thoughts, piltogg. I will definitely do some testing first, but the only reason I'd paint my bricks is to just make them look better for one moc. I wouldn't really care if it rubs off after one use.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:20 pm
by BFenix
enders_shadow wrote:My personal opinion is no. I hate the look of painted minifigs, it looks really cheesy. Actual bricks, I'd side with Bfenix on this one as well, if you use stripes on a car, for example, when you take the car apart, it'll be pretty difficult to find a new use for those bricks now that they have racing stripes on them.


My point exactly, thx Enders. And when I mentioned washing your Legos I meant it literally. When I came back from my Dark Age I had lots of bricks covered in dust and cotton, so I washed them with water and regular liquid hand soap. Crystal clear. Being able to be washed in water with little worries of ruining the bricks is one feature I really dig, although I only did it once.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:49 pm
by enders_shadow
agreed. also, If you want an awesome underwater/sinking shot, then you would like a block that stays the same color going in as coming out. :idea: I want a pic of a half-submerged apc, with troops pouring out trying to save themselves, while being shot at. Blood in the water. (J+B, this is to you, you're the picture geek here)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:14 pm
by Keldoclock
Long time ago i had a Megablox tank(with wheels for some reason), it came with a paint kit to paint on camo. The paint is fine if its a static model, but for something like Brikwars where its going to be taken apart and reassembled often, it's a pretty bad idea. Painting minifigures is less of a bad idea, since they are going to be taken apart less, but you may find that creative building and cutting accessories like tabards from cloth may work better.

I made a holster for my guy's knife and pistol with some cheap bendy plastic and superglue.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:09 am
by Gungnir
If you want to alter your figs, you're better off using Brasso and decals.
As for bricks, I wouldn't know. I've never done anything like that.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:21 am
by AlphaLurker
Well, thanks for the input. I really just wanted to make some solid colour bricks. You can see why in my post in the armoury.... :j+b: