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Hey I was hoping that I could ask a few questions to get some advice to help improve my painting. I think my techniques are good, or at least not the area where my painting suffers most. I may be having more trouble with tools. SO....
- Can anyone suggest good brands for paintbrushes? I live in America, but i could probably order some if needed. Also, what sizes does everyone here usually use?
- What is the best lighting? I have a small desk lamp that I think works well, and then later I take pictures, or play a game somewhere and the models look obviously messed up. I think I need a better lamp? Or more than one lamp?
- What consistency should my paints be? some are watery, some are nearly gooey, and for some reason , it seems color specific, for example, whenever I buy Bleached Bone, it gets gooey and hard to use, and whenever I get black, its almost like a thick wash...
Thanks for any help...
I cant answer your first question as latly i have been useing cheapy throw away brushes and not doing much.
For lighting, get a daylight bulb for your lamp, works wonders, paints should be the consistancy of milk.
Tyranids W/L/D - 13/4/3
Vampire Counts - 1/2/0
Space Marines - 2/0/1
Hope I helped a bit.. :p
You want to use a good kolinsky sable brush. I have been using Windsor and Newton Series 7 brushes and find that they are durable and long lasting if you take care of them. I just picked up a few of the newish... GW brushes (they are supposed to be good and now are kolinsky sable) I hope to try them out in the next week. The Windsor and Newton brushes are around $10-15 each while the GW ones are about half the price (surprisingly)...
As with anything I think the lighting is dependant on what you like. My suggestion is to have plenty of it. The better you can see the better your figures will look. In all honesty I have used regular bulbs, daylight bulbs, Ott lights, etc. My eyesite is poor to begin with and I don't really see a noticable difference. I do use 100W bulbs for extra brightness. They do get hot though...
As for paint thickness this is a general guideline and really practice and technique will dictate how thin you paint is... You want to add just enough thinning agent that it just clings to the brush. Kind of a hard thing to describe. But as others have said a milk or creamy consistency is good. You basically don't want it gritty on the figure and you don't want it too thin as to leave streaks.
Thanks a lot guys! From your comments, I think I am painting too thick, and yeah my models do appear to have gritty surfaces so I'll make sure to add a little more water to get a milky consistency. Those brushes sound a little pricey for me right now though... Its surprising that GW would have a better deal on anything...
You can use water to thin. I actually use a mixture of 40% Liquitex acrylic thinner, 20% future floor wax, and 20% water. Been using that recipe for awhile and it seems to do the trick nicely.
Careful with the new GW brushes. I purchased a few of them.. Stippling, Detail, and Fine Detail.
I haven't used the stippling brush yet, as that is finish work for me. The detail brush seems to work great, but the fine detail brush made it through about 5-8 minis before all the bristles fell out.. What a waste of $4.00
Anyway, just be careful.
Did GW replace the brush for you? I am surprised that they would't do that for such a short use of the brush. Sounds defective to me.
2- I'm interested in knowing more about why you do this. I've not heard of using floor wax to thin paints, though someone once mentioned a few drops of windex in water to thin (which I never tried, as it sounded absurd to me). I've seen some of your work and have been impressed enough to know I would likely follow your advice. How does this mixture affect the consistency of your paints, and are there other mixtures that you know of people using?
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I believe I picked up the tip from an old site hosting tips by Jennifer Haley (do a google search You won't be disappointed)...
At any rate from what I recall she talked about increasing the drying time a little bit and the future floor wax was helpful in cutting water tension lessining the likelihood of paint pooling up on the figure (especially when you thin your paints quite a bit). To be honest I have been doing it this way for some time now and don't have any good comparisons between using just water and using the mixture.
Basically what I did (and it is not accurate science here) is I took a bottle and segmented off rough percentages from the bottom to the top and labeled each percentage with what I mix it with. Then I fill the bottle in that order and shake it up real good.