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I'm new to Warhammer and finally got around to priming my wood elves after eight months of procrastination. I primed them in white because I'm planning on using a winter theme for the first army.
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to paint on white primer, or any articles, web urls, or links to other threads that might help.
Thanks for reading, and double thanks for posting ;Y
I wouldn't call painting over white to be easy, because the easiest paints go on is over black, there is less need to shade over black and the black undercoat covers up your mistakes better than white does.
As to any tips I would say use a good brush and take your time. I like to paint from the Top down personally. starting with anything that needs to be undercoated black i.e. anything metal on the model (chainmail etc) then paint the trim and studs, this way the studs and trim are the color they are meant to be down to where they join with the article. then I drybrush the chainmail followed by the fields than the last final details like the face/eyes/icons etc. (if i had a digi-cam I'd post pics of my process)
Hope that helps
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Really water down those paints and you can get some really vibrant colors over white primer. Just be warned it will take a long time and a lot of coats.
I disagree with that last bit, you can get going really fast with washes on white undercoats, especially if you batch-paint.
Inks/washes and white primer are one of the 'secret' speed-painting techniques IMO. People just don't seem to think about them. Obviously it works best with textured areas (the cloaks on your WE may be tricky to get looking good), but it's not too much work really.
If you want to paint more 'normally', think about washing the entire model with very thin chaos black (or black ink if that floats your boat) before starting on the actual painting.
The black will help out giving you a bit of easy shading, and will help disguise the 'gaps' that often show up, especially with white as a primer...
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I am almost certain, that with a stready hand and right selection of colors you would be able to "ink" entire model to a tabletop standard working from white primer. Never tried myself though! Check out the Blue Table painting studio - I think they use a lot of inks over white primer...
I've used white primer a few times. All I can say is be very very VERY careful with where the paint goes.
For example, when I painted to experiemnt IG models using HE archers as a base, I primped them white, washed them with Space Wolves grey, then heavily drybrushed them white to get the shading right. However, I tried using DA green as the contrating colour. If the paint ent onto the white, even a tiny bit, I had to work my way up from black. And that was a right pain in the keister
So yeah, the biggest peice of advice I can give is to BE CAREFUL
Though I agree that using white as a base will force you to use washes, especially when painting bright colors. I'm learning this one the hard way right now.
I ALWAYS use white primer. A lot of people swear by black, but I just dont think that you can get the same vibrancy of colors from black. Also it is much easier to identify the details when working with white. I find that it is not that hard, but like Stormchaser said, be careful while painting. I have been blessed with a very steady hand and a small amount of talent, so it may just be easier for me than for others. My best advice is to take your time with each color and be very sure what colors you want where. A solid plan is invaluable. And remember, if you mess up, you can always strip it and start over. Nothing is forever.
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