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Will basecoating with the GW foundation paints substitute for a spray undercoat?
I was looking to skip the undercoating process entirely.
Will it work?!
Paint doesn't adhere to models as well as it adheres to primer, so the main reason people prime their models is to give their paint something to stick to. Painting without primer will work, but painting with primer will work better.
Yeah, I had tried previously with the regular gw paints, which was a nightmare. I was kind of hoping the foundation paints would be better, cause they seem to go on the model so well.
It might work since they have a little grit to them, but it's probably your most expensive option.
If it's the spraying process that you don't prefer like me you could go to an art supply store and get Gesso. You can get black, white, grey, and various colors (or color it yourself with inks) depending on the store. It's also extremely cheap. I got an 8oz. bottle a few years ago and my entire guard army and all my other projects have used about 1/3rd of the bottle.
Thanks! I've never heard of that.
Looking it up now...
Matt black spray can.
Fraction of the cost, same consistancy and texture as primer. Is what my partner and his friends have used for a few months now.
Fantasy: Wood Elves, Dark Elves, Beastmen and Tomb Kings.
LotR: Misty Mountains and Rohan
Matt black car body work spray is actually better than GW spray, just don't use their white spray paint... it ruins models badly.
I used Color Place primer from Walmart until I got a bad can one time and had to strip the models. I now just buy Testor's Acrylic primer in a bottle and airbrush it on. It costs about 3 dollars a jar but it will do several squads. Very even finish, not nearly as quirky as the rattle cans were.
The thing you have to watch is that paint is totally different than primer. They have different additives and chemicals in them. Primer is meant to seal the surface, fill in small imperfections, and provide a smooth, even coat with ample tooth for the base coat of paint. Primer can adhere to a vast range of different surfaces. Paint's only purpose is to add color, surface protection, and sheen. It's main job is not to adhere to a wide variety of surfaces. That is why we must prepare the optimal surface for our paints to attach. We spend 100's of dollars on paints, brushes, and accessories to add layers of paint to our models, why skimp of the foundation of those layers? I say use the tried and true primer, or even gesso as it is a sealer/primer as well.
Color Place primer is only 96 cents a can.