Here is my guide for preparing a miniature an easy guide to follow part 1, part 2 (Painting A Miniature), part 3 (Painting Horses), part 4 (Wargaming Materials), part 5 (Wargaming Tools).
Clean up the miniature
Ok we have received our miniature. So the first thing to do is have a really good look at the miniature and assess what needs to be done. To be honest I find most miniatures require very little work. The next step is to use a craft knife or file, to clean up any flash/mould lines which may be on the miniature.
Wash the miniature
The next stage is to wash the miniature to remove any residual mould release agent and any skin oil, whilst i was cleaning flash/mould lines. The best method is to use a mixture of warm water and washing-up liquid. Give the miniature a good scrub with a soft toothbrush then let dry on a tea towel.
Assemble the miniature
Sometimes a miniature will require assembly there are several types of glue which are available from this, superglue, two-part epoxy.
Priming the miniature ready for painting
Okay the last stage is to prime your miniature. I use plsti-kote water based (Fast Dry Enamel) which is a brush on paint, it also gives me the opportunity to check the miniature again for any flash/mould lines I have missed.
Small wire cutters
Washing up liquid