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    Well first off i play tau, i got my color schemes down for the most part, but i cant keep my hands from shaking for my life, i also have trouble painting straight lines and seeing the little "vallies(sp?)" that seperate the armor segments etc. any advice for a painter wanting to straighten out the lines on his work?

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    Besides practise you could use a pencil to paint small areas (which you seem to have trouble with). I'm not that good at painting either, so don't worry.
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    One thing that I have heard and tried is when you are doing any kind of precise detail work to take a deep breath and hold it in while you paint. Also resting your elbows on the table top while holding the figure and the paintbrush will help as well.

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    i just rest my elbows on a talbe, make sure your hands are pressing against each other for stability (if you are lucky, they will shake the same way at the same time - trust me I know) and breathe in...

    that's all i got...

    the more you can stabilise everything, the better...

    I have the worlds worst hands, they are almost like i have permanent nerve damage...

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    The best way to paint between armor plates ("the valleys") that I've found (I paint space marines, check out my gallery&#33 is to make sure the paint on your brush isn't too watery. For this, you can take a little bit straight from the pot, then wipe off the excess. Basically with a dry brushing type motion, just run the brush on the armor, then over the gap and no paint should fall in. Just make sure your stroke is perpendicular to the gap, obviously.

    The more you do this, the better you'll get and you can ignore the odd gap fill when it does happen, because it won't happen often. If you get too much paint in your gaps, thin down some black paint to watery consistency (or use black ink) and a very fine brush, then fill those gaps with black! You can then go back and paint around the gaps which will be easier to see since you'll have your armor painted already.

    Hope this helps.

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    thanks all, red_talon, that pencil idea sounds interesting, what do i do? dip the pencil tip in the paint and then trace the vallies, also i heard a suggestion to use markers,like really fine tip, is this a good idea(for the vallies)? Is there some sort of special hobby marker or what?
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    I use Micron Pigma pens .005 sized. They work great though you need to let them dry for about 24 hours and seal them otherwise they run.

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    Originally posted by chaos0xomega@Jan 10 2005, 18:33
    thanks all, red_talon, that pencil idea sounds interesting, what do i do? dip the pencil tip in the paint and then trace the vallies, also i heard a suggestion to use markers,like really fine tip, is this a good idea(for the vallies)? Is there some sort of special hobby marker or what?
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    Get a lead pencil with really strong lead. The lead should be fairly thin to get into the smaller areas. Usually 0.7 mm lead is fine if you don't press too hard. Normal pencils work fine too, but I find that a bit of the graphite chips off if you just recently sharped it.
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    thanks, great advice, maybe there is still hope for me yet, and resting my elbows on the table top and holding my breath will help stabilize correct?
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    I have read many posts on this topic and they all seem to suggest that holding your breath in will work as does bracing your elbows on the table.

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