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Hello, I am very new to painting models and really want to ask a few questions to you pros about paints.
Firstly, aside from game shops that sell Warhammer models and paints (which are few and far in-between around here) are there any craft store paints equivalent to citadel paints that i can buy that are better or just as well suited for the job. I do not want to sacrifice quality of paint.
And is it hard to match the colors?
Also, how is it that you are suppose to mix paint. If i want 2 parts blue and 1 part black, how can i accurately measure that using the normal citadel paint bottles? a syringe?
Also if you could recommend a good detailing brush for me, i would really appreciate that
Thank you all for your time and help.
Welcome to LO!
I'm passing out for the night so this'll be brief (for me):
1) Avoid craft store paints, the grain in the pigments is generally too thick for what you want. Besides, a pot of model paint will last long enough to paint a lot of models.
2) Yes, unless you have a fair amount of experience.
3) Eye dropper, unless you work directly from a palette and get good at pulling it off on the fly.
4) Read this: the back 40k: Color Theory Archive
I know it is a long article, but it will help you understand the whole mixing paint thing and why you'll end up wasting a lot of time doing it wrong if you don't understand the way pigments interact.
5) Oddly enough, Citadel brushes are rather good. I buy Red Sable brushes from an art store myself (cheaper). Avoid Taklon or other synthetics for the kind of painting we do. Size 00 round for details
6) Read up on proper brush care. It will save you tons of money if you learn to not ruin a brush early on. I have a pile of brushes I use as mixing sticks because I didn't know just how little of the tip of the brush should actually have paint on it. I got impatient and put too much paint on my brushes. Once paint gets up halfway DO NOT LET IT DRY and don't stab with the bristles to clean it. Oh, and rubbing alcohol s your friend. Any pharmacy has 70% cheap.
Mind wandering now, how this helps.
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I have to oppose RecklessFable's opinion on GW Paintbrushes... At least the fine detail brush.. I paid $6 US for one, and the bristles all fell out on the first 10 miniatures.
I used Clean Water to care for the brush, kept the brush protected by it's sleeve. I use gentle brushing strokes going from tip to base of the handle, so I know it was nothing I was doing wrong with the brush. Simply poor craftsmanship on it.
I purchased a synthetic fine detailing brush from HobbyTown for $4.50, and have had no problems with it.. Sorry, I don't have the brand name. I just know that the handle was a silver color, and the bristles were white.
I have tried the Vallejo's, P3 and Reaper paints, all of which work well, but stay very far away from the cheap craft store paints - unless you are doing large bases, terrain, etc.
GW does make great paint - can't deny that - just a little pricey. The Reaper paints come in a bottle that you can get out drop by drop to make your mixing easier, if that is what you are looking for.
Thank you all for your help. Ive learned quite a bit just from the little you have all told me.
I greatly appreciate the guidance