Right, I assume most people out there who allready paint there miniatures will probably use some sort of spray paint for there primer. I did too. However this really irritated my chest and I also found it expensive. Yes you can find cheap cans if you shop around but I wanted a better solution.
After some asking around I was told about Gesso. This is an artists canvas primer, it works to stiffen the canvas and prepair it for the paint. It does this by shrinking onto the surface. So on minis it nicely molds itself into the various details of your model. Also it provides an excelent surface for your paint to adhere to.
My only concerns when I started using it was how think the Gesso is, some people water it down some use it neat. I decided to try it neat glopped it over my mini and a short time later it had dried and shrunk onto the mini not obscuring any of the detail, this was on a 10mm model. Now when I use it im still a little concerned with how it looks and put it on a little thinner than maybe I could get away with. This does mean that I sometimes have to go back and touch up areas, but id sooner do that than have to strip an entire model.
Thanks for reading.