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I'm starting to get really frustrated when I'm painting. I constantly see kids at my local game store come in with models that although arent exactly pro painted have that awesome paint texture that the Eavy Metal team gets all the time. Here's a pic to better explain what I'm talking about.
How on earth do you get GW paint to have that nice chalky smoothe texture. I've tried different brushes, variations of paint thickness, layers, and I cannot for the life of me get my paint to have that smooth chalky look. I'm content with my paiting skills but it's just frustrarting not to get the texture you want. Someone please tell what I am doing wrong.
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I don't know what you mean by chalky (usually calling paint chalky has a negative connotation) but I'm guess your just talking about the smooth flat paint.
What always works for me is thinned paints and multiple layers. If you thin your paints down correctly and paint multiple layers I don't see why you can't get that same effect. Perhaps your primer is too fuzzy?
It also depends on where you are. when I see pictures on the net of mini's painted in the US, they appear to have a more cartoon-like approach to the appearance of thier mini's whereas mini's posted from the UK seem to have a more realistic feel to thier paints. This to me seems like a regional approach to painting. It comes down to technique and look. Watering the paints and doing multiple layers will help, as will your choice of undercoat. Practice also helps.
It also seems that with the paint they have chosen for the mini pictured, the original colour was used for the darker areas and then the paint was increasingly lightened with white until the final extreme highlight was done in white. The addition of white to the paint to lighten it will also add to the 'chalky' effect you seek.
Finally - GW paints are ordinary. Some other ranges such as Derivan have more colour pigment which leaves the mini's with a brighter (yet slightly chalky) finish that is not as smooth as GW paints - so paint brand may also effect it.
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