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When I paint, I have a tendency to lose track of my "game plan" and get a little lost.
I end up confused about what colour to get on next and it takes a lot longer than it should.
So my question is: How do you paint? Do you make up a plan beforehand or do you just make it up as you go along? Do you paint from the inside out or the other way around?
Give me all your tips for painting more efficiently!
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i tend to look at a model and think "What can a be bothered to paint now?" Then after that I'll normally wash that colour and I'll think "What else could I paint now that will need to same colour wash?". By that stage most of the model has it's preliminary colours on it and it's only a matter of highlighting and adding finite details
I also don't tend to assemble some models until after I've painting them, as this gives me more opportunity to get at some detail on the model, it also means I've got something else to paint if I get sick of painting one particular part
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For me, once the primary colors are one I just kind paint what I think looks cool at that moment.
I guess I'm more of a planner. For some Vampires that I've done, I even went as far as sketching the model, and colouring it in on paper before I started any painting!
But I don't always go to that length. For some stuff I'm painting at the moment, I have an idea of a colour scheme in my head, and I just sort of take it step by step on the model. By way of example, for the scheme I've settled on at the moment I've primarily planned on using purple, with gold and silver (with hopefully a blue lacquered look) for the metals. When it comes to actually applying this to the model, though... I've used some grey, browns for the leather parts, skin tones... so the main scheme is still there, but I'm prepared to deviate where necessary.
With the order that paint goes on... it depends a bit on the model. But I seem to have the approach of working on the body first, and working out to the extremities last. Generally everything gets a decent base-coat first, then I'd work on the shading or highlighting on the body, and then out to the limbs and such. I occasionally leave metals until very last, just so I'm not mixing metallics and normal colours.
i think about it a little, slap on the paint re-think and correct or carry on
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i used to just start picking out parts in a specific color and painting but i kept getting into problems where id have colors clashing and putting layers onto things i eventually had to paint over. now i pick everything out before i lay down the first stroke.
The best place to start, is the deepest areas of the model or, the largest area of the model that can be painted in a single colour and go from there. At the very beggining stages of painting I usually start with the darkest colours and work it up with highlights and washes until I'm happy with it, once all the 'important' areas are done (flesh, colour scheme etc.) then you can start on the detailing.
You just need to plan ahead a little and pick out the pots that you need to get a result desirable by you and whilst painting, always keep in mind the step afterwards and how you are to achieve it, use your imagination to 'see' what you want it to look like and take steps to achieve it, one step at a time.
generally speaking i paint 40k squads and such by first thinking about what habitat or type of world they live on (a little corny but it allows for accurate brainstorming on what primary colours would feature) after this i generally paint a test model with the image in my head and after that i batch paint sometimes multiple squads at a time. in regards to special models singles or leaders, i stay with the main army theme but also thing about what arrangement of the basic colour scheme would look best on the model, also putting more effort into these models.
i do recommend painting a test model to get the scheme right in your head and also the steps of how to achieve the final result
For me, it depends on the model. I don't get much time to paint, so I tend to do only 1 or two models at a time allowing me to at least feel like I've made some progress.
Generally, I have a basic colour scheme in my head.
Then (after priming white) I block fill in the base colours for the main large areas, so all the fleshy bits a dark fleshy colour, all the material/cloth bits a dark colour and all the metalic bits a dark metallic colour etc.
I then choose one of those blocks and work up through the shades until done, then I move onto the next and so on.
After that, it's the smaller areas, the touching up, and the details (eyes, gems, freehand etc).
That way you get a unified look to the model.
Oh, and then I do the base.
Stick 'em together and you're about ready to varnish.
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