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So, I just got my first 40K Army and I have a crap ton of Orks to paint.
I already seperated most of the heads and arms and spray=painted them green. Now I must decide what to paint the Main body mass. I got a can of red spray paint, but I'm debating on getting a dark brown or something more leathery and painting red highlights
If anyone has any advice, including what paint brands to get, that would be awesome
Well, for color combos... thumb through *ahem* your ork codex or visit the GW website to see some samples of ork tribes/clans. You can't really go wrong with red as orks just love the hue.
Types of paint... the GW foundation paints are very handy to lay down a good opaque base coat but from there I wouldnt really recommend the GW regular paints as there are far better brands out there (vallejo game color, P3, Reaper<--but I havnt personaly tried that one). I would strongly recommend the GW washes as they are simply magical. These washes have a secret formula that includes the tears of happy angels and snot from pixies, they are pure awesome-sauce.
Red or blue is good for Orks, the latter they believe gives good luck. But as the previous painter suggested, looking through the Ork Codex, or other armies online (in Ork specific forums etc) or Cool Mini Or Not (CMON) is a great way for inspiration.
Paints vary. For new painters I would thoroughly suggest GW. They are good for beginner and expert alike, and the new ranges of wash and foundation are great. Vajello Game Colour are like GW colours with a few slight differences.
Okay, I wanted to list the colors I got so far
I got 2x bottles of Vallejo paint (1x burnt umber and 1x Gun-metal Grey).
I was also wondering how much paints usually cost and if I can get more in a small kit or bundle to save money on each bottle. So far they've cost me roughly $3 a piece.
I have a Testor Green Spray paint and a Krylon Red Spray paint . I've used the Testor and it seems good. but I'm not sure about the Krylon. It says it's Craft Paint, but it doesn't mention anything it about plastic, it says "great for Wood, Metal, Craft Foam and more"
GW's paints are great, but expensive, Some acryllics will suffice if you're low on the cha-ching, or dont want to shell as much out.
Also, don't forget your primer...
those spray cans you mentioned... testors and krylon are enamel paints. Most of the hobbyists painting minis use acrylics (like vallejo/P3/reaper/GW). the only problem that I see you having with the spray cans is that it is way too easy to load the paint on too thick, thereby covering up all the fine details. 2-3 THIN coats (allowed to dry fully) will be better than 1 thick coat.
For the Krylon paints, you need to check if they are gloss, satin, or matte. Rustoleum has a number of hobby paints too. The satin colors are semi-gloss. You really want to fine the matte paints
I guess I must've sprayed thin coats because the detail retention seems perfect. I usually spray across the figs top to bottom then repeat 2-3 times until all the grey seems to be covered. I actually noticed a few grey areas in the crevices/wrinkle and a few bumps on the muscles too. So I'm assuming the coat I sprayed didn't get rid of any detail. Ironically, I decided to test out the Gunmetal Gray paint from Vallejo, and it started covering small details like the holes in the Slugga gun. I had to use the tip of the brush to 'poke' holes in the paint again.
So far I've only spray-painted the heads and arms green and the main bodies red. I'm not sure what I need to do next, but I was planning on painting the basic areas like weapons, leather and arms (that were attaced to the main body), hats, horns..etc
their appropriate colors. Then when I feel like it, I'll start painting small details and apply finishing touches.
Is there a simple easy painting guide for beginners around here?
I'm guessing, unless I screwed up already...I should do the following
1. Spray paint.
2. Buy primer and apply primer
3. Commence painting with brushes?
Then I also might want to get the stuff that takes away the glossiness and collects in the cracks/crevasses and such to create a 'shading' effect.