A quick post (to update my many Bones rants)
Thanks to Sgt. Obidiah for the heads-up on using Army painter sprays to prime Bones figures.
It works great! There's no tackiness, it dries fast, and it has a strong bond to the figure. But there are a couple minor MINOR issues:
-- I have a can of "matt" black, but it dries shinier than my gloss coat. This is remedied with a quick brushing of some black paint that dries matt, enough to kill the shininess so I can see the figure details as I paint. There's also still enough grab for the paint to stick to, so no issues there.
-- Army Painter -- at least this can -- sucks for metal figures; Army painter chips off metal like regular paint chips off Bones figures. Oh well, no biggie, I still have my metal preparation down pat.
Like I said, a couple minor issues but with easy solutions. If you have some Bones figures, and you like a strong undercoat, I recommend Army painter spray/primer. Otherwise, for metal, stick to whatever else you use.
So- the short of it:
-- Works great with Reaper's Bones!
-- Dries fast
-- Strong bond to the figure; (it's so strong, it's like it primes and then varnishes itself all in one step.)
-- Matt dries shiny (but paint still sticks fairly well)
-- Doesn't work well on metal.
Note: I haven't tested Army Painter on hard plastic yet.