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Hi there. I'm new to the forum, new to the game of Warhammer, and new to painting figures Fresh blood in other words. Here are a few of my paint jobs, I don't know many people who play so I don't have a very good point of reference. I am just curious about what you guys think of my painting, I only painted a couple of my figures before these so I know I have tons of room to improve. Any suggestions would be great. I have a very limited pallette right now, I only had about $50 to spend on paints so I only have about 2 shades of each color and that's excluding some colors, I only picked out some of the main ones.
You seem to be painting to a reasonable standard, from my quick viewing of your pictures.
I really like that Dark Elf sorceress - the white highlights on the armour are quite striking.
That said, some of your paint looks a little thick. Thinner paint (just add a tiny bit of water) and more layers is generally better than one coat with thick paint.
It can be really time-consuming to do things that way though, especially with white (and orange and yellow) so although it's good advice it's not something I always adhere to.
Do you have any washes or inks in your collection of paints? They're really useful for shading, so they may be something you want to look into in future.
Welcome to the forums! There are many far better painter than myself on this site, so you should be able to get a whole stack of advice should you want it!
by thinning the paint, do you dip the brush in paint , then dip it in a cup of water? Or do you mix them together in a plastic bowl of sorts? I normally apply the deepest color, go over the higher/brighter areas with the next lightest color. Darken up the shaded areas until it looks natural to my eye. Then I go with a third shade if I have it on the highest/brightest areas, like white on the pointed tips of flesh. I don't blend the colors together very well because of a lack of experience. I don't have any other equipment other than a brush and the paints, I don't know if there's anything useful for mixing colors together?
Most of the time I'll thin it as I need to on a palette. Get a brushload of paint on the palette and mix a little water with it. I'm usually mixing paints on the palette too so I'll have one handy anyway. The palette can be a saucer, ceramic tile, plastic takeaway lid.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
I've ended up getting these small palate things for my painting. They're just plastic trays with six inch-wide depressions. Hard to describe, but they were just sitting around at a craft store somewhere.
What I do is dip my brush in a bit of water, and wipe that across the bottom of one of the depressions. It generally leaves a few drops of water behind. Repeat as necessary, depending on how much paint you're going to pull out.
Then, I dip the brush in the paint, and mix that with my water.
The palates aren't the only way to go. I've heard of people using a bathroom tile (or any glossy white tile) and wet palates are also popular amongst those who are serious painters. It just depends on what you have at hand, and whether you want to pay for something better or not!
The tile can also help with mixing paints, though. Put a blob of one colour down, put a blob of the colour you want mixed in next to it. Work them together in increments, generally adding the lighter colour bit by bit to the darker one.
I've only really used this on one model so far, though, so don't think I'm all that more experienced than yourself! Sure I've read about how to do it, but I've read about a lot of stuff and never got around to applying it.
Wow, I'm really writing a stack, aren't I? Hope this isn't too much for you to read through!
No, not at all too much. I appreciate all of the advice. It sounds to me like you're using something similar to an icetray deadstar. I'm in a bit of a financial squeeze as I'm unemployed at the moment and have no source of income except random pick-up construction jobs. I'll look for something around the house that would work well for mixing paints and thinning. Again I really appreciate all of the constructive advice.
Mmmm, not quite an ice tray. The depressions are far too shallow for that. But I can see an ice tray being an awesome palate. So many colours you could fit on at once!
And some interesting ice if someone accidentally puts it in the freezer!
Also, 1000th post! For no other reason then the fact posting in this thread got me there, you're getting some rep
The models look nice, very good for a beginner. As was suggested Id look at shading and also thinning your paints.
I personnaly have about 6 pallettes that I use to mix my paints on. Some are old bathroom tiles, others are purpose bought ones and the others are old plates that we used to eat off! The benefit of using a pallette is that you can water you paints down to a consistancey that you can paint much better. You can also get two colours and mix them to create different colours or shades of the original colour. If you have a dark and a light colour of each paint you can mix those in between with varying ratios of the ones you have bought.
All the best