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This is my first few attempts at painting the "RIGHT" way...that is, using Primer and layering with Citadel paints. I bought the Citadel Foundation set along with Goblin Green and Bleached Bone for highlights.
I mostly used the method mentioned in this months White Dwarf magazine. Started with Orkhide Shade, then Knarloc Green, then Goblin Green etc. For the skin. The Armor, Leather, Weapons...etc, I figured out on my own.
So, please! Tell me what you think and what I can improve on!
(P.s. Originally I did NOT move the mold-lines from these because I was just going to spray-paint them Green (which you'll notice in some areas). So now I plan on going back and trying to get rid of the flash/mold-lines as much as I can, as well as do touch-ups to get rid of those annoying bits of radio-active, Green spray-paint.
I think this is a very good attempt, the skin looks rather good. I think overall, you could do with a good wash to the metals - if you already have done, perhaps a heavier one - to darken and dull them slightly. The yellow is a bit flat, but it is a hard colour to paint well. They are rather good minis, kudos.
Very nice models for being the first "RIGHT" time heh.. The skin looks the best I think.
My tip to you is just to continue painting. Don't rush with learning new stuff. You'll probably find stuff that you can improve as you paint and learn what looks right or not.
I must say that you have the hardest part down... skin, and layering colors. I can paint armor/weapons, leather, clothes, etc with the best of 'em.. but when it comes to skin I just struggle then end up getting mad and moving onto something else.
Kudos! Good job.
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Looks great. Following instructions in White Dwarf works! It's almost like they want you to succeed at using their products so you come back for more.....
It is definitely, long term, worth the time to snip them off the sprues and clean them properly before any painting commences though.
I've heard about what Washes do, but I've never had the opportunity to actually try them, and I'm not 100% sure how to use them. So I have a few questions.
1. I tried thinning down a darker color (ie. Fenris Grey) and applying that in a thin layer over the weapons. Would that work as a substitute?
2. I have a confession to make. I actually had a friend buy me the citadel paints (because I'm a bit broke) in exchange I'm paintin his models for him. So How much does the Citadel Wash set cost, and How many different Washes do I need? Would I be better off buying one or two individually?
3. In general, I would like to know how to use the Washes, and do they replace layering? do they look better and/or worse if you only Wash and don't layer?
Lastly, I would like to know if they're are any tips that might increase the speed of my painting. I spent roughly 2 hrs on each model you see painted. I honestly can't believe it took me that long. I'm sure I'll speed up with Practice, but I think that's a bit longer than average, even for a beginner. (though, part of the reason is I have to spend a lot of time covering up the previous Bright green Testors paint which stands out like a sore thumb--because the Nobs weren't primed--just spray-painted with that horrfic Testors)
Hopefully, when I get into this I can speed things up. I think I should lean towards a more assembly line type of painting and perhaps get more paint on my pallette. Typically, I take a tiny amount because I'm usually painting one model at a time (I also ake
Brown ink washes also work really well for making metal look rusty and you can apply it to one part of a metal object like a gun. The result is it helps to make it look like it is made of different parts. You could try to either paint a black spot onto the muzzel of the guns so they look like they have a hole for the bullets to come out of. A better way is to drill a small hole with a pin-drill-thing. You should try to avoid resting on your laurels (such a thing happens to many a new painter) that will hold you back and prevent you from getting better.
Washes do two things as far as I know:
1. Shade (if you use a darker colour)
2. Blend colours / colourise them slightly - but this isn't the same as blending by painting and using a wet bursh to blend the edges into the previous colour - it can help with that by making your blends look smoother. Say for instance on a red cape, I might use the following:
1. Mercrite red undercoat
2. Build up blended mixes of MR and Blood red until you're painting blood red only - possibly add just a touch of orange for the highlights (but not much at all).
3. wash with Baal Red wash.
Before washes were invented you'd have to achieve the same thing with inks, which you'd add a little bit of water and a touch of varnish just to break the water tension. Trouble is, it's hard to get that mix right, hence the reason washes are so handy.
If I were you, I'd just buy: Badab Black and a few browns, greens and maybe a red wash. In the UK I think... they're about £2 each.
No, you can't really water down the standard paints to use for washes, it looks too dull - they don't have the nice inky quality you need for washes and will look a bit off (IMHO).
Good luck and keep experimenting.
iirc I paid something like £8 for the set of washes, but that was a while ago before the price hike and my boyfriend and I split the cost.
I heartily reccomend them, I didn't think I'd use them much at first, but I use them pretty often now! Buying the set is cheaper overall than paying £2.25 per pot.
You're painting is very good for the first time and I look forward to seeing more from you. Have fun and good luck continuing the hobby!