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Does anyone have any suggestions for someone looking to base models black but not willing to pay $15 a can? I heard on another forum Auto(car) primer works, but have yet to find a good one. Mostly this is caused by not knowing anything about priming a car. First my friends and I got rubberized (Didnt notice it on the can until we started), and totally ruined his Space Marine. On the plus side, we converted it to a nurgle marine... After that we got some that said it would work on plastic, but it was very... particulate. It was more like a mist than normal spraypaint.
In summary, does anyone know of any cheaper model spray paint (preferable in the 6$ or less range, thats what the auto primer cost) or what kind of auto primer to look for specifically?
If it's around for you, I found some satin/matte krylon black spray paint that bonds to plastic at wal-mart. It's reasonably cheap (wanna say $3 a can hereabouts?) And works rather well. Does NOT interact well with glue though so beware of pre-spraying sprues.
Good, I don't pre spray. But my friend does so that's good to know. Thanks, I wanted to know exactly what words to look for, so that helps alot!
Ive tried a others, including spary undercoat bought from a modelling shop for models and miniatures, but always come back to GW stuff.
I know its more expensive, but I think for the amount we (gamers, modellers and painters) pay for GW minis, but you get the best results in regards to coverage and thickness.
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I know you've already had some handy advice, but having just recently branched out from exclusively using Chaos Black primer I thought I may as well let you know what I found out.
While somewhat confused by the large range of paints available at the auto shop I went to, I eventually settled on something that was labelled 'Acrylic Primer Surfacer.' I couldn't find it in black so went with grey, but the can is bigger than the GW one and easily half the price.
The only trouble with grey is that the plastic is also grey and thus I wasn't all that sure I'd primed everything. It all worked out in the end, though, although I must admit I've only done one mini with it so haven't had time for any disasters!
I know it's not in the price range, but I just wanted to say tha I tried the black primer from The Army Painter (Available at the WarStore). After going back to GW spray I found that I would rather have stayed with the one from the army painter. It costs $8.99 though...
I like the Krylon Camouflage series spray paints. I use it as primer. I've never had any problems with it.
So we went to go get some of the suggested Krylon at Wal-Mart last night. We got Krylon Satin Grey (for my friends Raven Guard, so he can paint both white and black) and black, and just for kicks, a 97 Cent no-name indoor/outdoor "Flat Black" paint. We couldn't find Matte Krylon, so we thought it might be like that, and it was less than a dollar, so w/e.
Today we did some tests on extra Ork AOBR bodies I had... and the 97 Cent can won! It was the most like the GW paint. It was clean (The Krylon stuff would also dribble out large blobs of paint, it was messy and annoying), covered pretty well with a thin coat (I believe you would want a thin one for the primer, no?), dried super fast, and the only way I could get it off was scratching for a few seconds with my fingernail, so I think it was pretty durable as well. The only complaint is that you have to spray close-ish, so you can only get 1 or 2 models at a time, but its 97 cents, so if that means we have to buy more, it's still a huge net gain. While it might be not QUITE GW... it's 1/15 the price... so I'm def. impressed.
As a followup: Now that I'm finally starting to actually Finish some minis, I wonder what kind of sealants to use. I really, really don't want any gloss if possible, and again, the GW ones are expensive. I've never used any seal before, any tips on what to buy for a beginner?
Edit: Has anyone used the Krylon Textured sprays? The look like they might be good for simulating rocks or dusty sand, and I was thinking of spraying my "moonscape" craters with them around the edges for an easy way to add some visual flavor.
Last edited by Vazzaroth; January 15th, 2010 at 05:48. Reason: TEXTURES!
Oh, I haven't used the 97 cent spray paint yet. I may have to check into it.
But yes, I have used the textured paints. They do work really well for texturing the game board I have.
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As far as sealants go:
Testor's Dullcote. It is the absolute best on the market, hands down. You might use satin instead, but that is up to personal taste; both are excellent quality.
For spray paint, I have always used GW but I am beginning to see just how expensive that stuff really is and will order some armypainter from thewarstore as soon as they have some in stock.
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