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I just got my first set of models with Christmas and I'm ready to jump into the hobby!
My first attempt was a poor bloodletter whom likely now hopes he was purchased for someone else, since he looks a bit wonky. Sadly I missed the whole 'base coating' part and just started painting him mechrite red. He did not look /that/ bad after the second coat, and maybe a third...! I also ruined (I think) his base by using the wrong glue to stick on the sand, and then by sticking on the sand before sticking on the model. All in all this fellow may have had a falling out with Khorne. :/
My new plan is to only glue sections of each model together to make painting easier. For the rest of my bloodletters I'm gluing the legs to torsos, and faces to heads. I'll then do the basecoat, and the painting so I can get at everything, and then finish the glueing and finally settle them on the base.
Does this sound like it may work or will I likely run into problems somewhere down the road? Any help would be appreciated so we don't end up having a bunch of sad bloodletters lurking about. I'll gives some updates once I make some progress and try to get a few pictures up too!
Bloodletters of Khorne should be pretty simple to paint as a whole without having to glue each peice after painted. My suggestion would be to glue all parts together onto the base. Use Elmer glue(the white glue you used to eat when u were in kindergarden, dont lie, you did =P) to glue the sand down to the base. Use a crappy paintbrush, one you will only use for this purpose, to spread the glue evenly along the base. I found you need to use a fair amount of glue to keep the sand from falling off, then sprinkle or dip the model in the sand. Let them dry for awhile then after that, basecoat the models with the GW Black spray paint. Read the instructions on the can for the spray paint and you should be able to get a really good looking model that way.
Of course, as you progress through your models, your painting skill will get better, and your later models will probably look alittle better then your earlier one, but you can always go back and repaint.
*Key suggestion* Use nice light coats of paint, meaning water them down with basically an evenly proportion of water/paint. more lighter coats is better then one heavy one.
Hope all that helps. Post some pictures after!
Check out Double Edged Painting blog for more information on commissions and work in progress
Thanks for the response!
I took part of your advice and glued the bases onto the leg/torso pieces before I do the base coat spray. I'm still a little cautious of my own skill, so I'll keep the head/faces and arms apart from the torso until they are base coated and painted, just in case.
Thanks for the help guys. I'll be base coating my bloodletters tomorrow or the next day and will let you know how that went.
After my bloodletters I'm to move onto my main army which is Warriors of Chaos. I was thinking of going with a snow based theme. I have the GW snow stuff. From what I heard the best way to use is by putting the glue on the base, then using the snow with some glue mixed into it to make it abit more sparkly, then to add another thin layer of snow on it.
Any advice on applying snow to the base, and any suggestions on making the warriors appear abit more wintery as well? I was considering maybe dry brushing some white on the shoulders, or possibly even using a very very light dusting of the GW snow on them? Does anyone think this would work, or would it likely just look silly? :/
Thanks for the help guys. I'm trying to commandeer a camera to get some pictures up soon!
Snow is one of those scary basing options I have yet to take a shot at, as when it goes wrong, it seems to go very, very wrong, but if you browse through the links and tutorials in the forums, you'll find lots of ideas.
As to painting models in pieces, I find that's only really useful when you think it would be harder to paint the model while assembled. The most common example is a space marine carrying a bolter in front of the chest. In that case, painting in pieces might help. For any model with arms held out, for example, it might be more trouble than it's worth. As AAA says, your mileage may vary.
Yes, if you're spray-priming, you definitely want to prep the bases first. Also, unless you use GW's Foundation Paints, you might want to take care in selecting your priming color. Light colors are a lot harder to do over a black undercoat. Primer comes in white, gray, and other colors, too. There are even clearcoat options.
Here is my take on snow bases. I do think you need to be careful about overdoing it. Try out some test figures first to see if you get the effect you think you're getting.
Thanks again guys. I'll take a look at that link once I'm ready to start the project. If it seems too daunting maybe I'll skip the snow all together, but I'd like them to look as snazy as possible. :/
Also, don't think of this as a project, it's a great way to attempt to assemble/model/paint all of your minis as fast as possible, either A.) making them look like crap or B.) burning out and not touching them for two years.
Paint your minis for the fun, it's what you got into, isn't it?