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Mixed some ideas from several other dreadnaughts ive seen, just though you guys could give me some feedback. The light green paint looks like it's thick and almost sloppy, but that's just the picture because it's a gloss coat and you see all the imperfections under the light, not in person.
Anyone have any suggestions on my terminator, i have such a hard time figuring out how to paint him:
These are all still Works in progress so some of the painting isnt done and i have some detail and cleanup work to do. Comments one all of any of my pictures, even the ones i didnt post here, would be very much appreciated. I'm used to painting gundams and bigger models, so consider me a rookie at warhammer painting. I'm not used to painting things so small.
What I would do, because this sounds like a paint problem rather than actual skill problem, is take off the base and (if metal) Throw him in some acetone. If plastic throw him in some brake fluid. Then thin down your paint with a few drop of water, until it looks a bit like full fat milk. Then use 2-3 thin coats of paint to paint the colors you want. It looks like your skill is fine, and your scheme works, but the paint seems to have thickened up a bit.
EDIT IMO gloss coats don't look very nice on models. But thats just me.
Three Companies of the 26th Vinancium
143rd Airborne Badgers (99.9% done)
159th Corsair Rifles (35% done))
69th Armored Wall Busters (95% done)
Total 197 men, 12 tanks, 4 Heavy Artillery Pieces
I would recommend that you get a color wheel. You have a lot of different colors that just really aren't working together. I would recommend staying with 2 main colors and then find a neutral accent color. The red with the green, with the metallic blue just isn't working in harmony together.
I realize that this is a work in project but I do have some suggestions for these models as well as future projects. You should really invest the time into properly prepping the models. You have quite a bit of flash and mold lines (especially on the dreadnaught). Also drill out the gun barrels. It requires just a little bit of work but the pay off will be tremendous.
As already stated thin your paints. several coats of thin paint will always look better than a single thick layer of paint. You can really take advantage of inks to add shadow to a figure. You want the deepest recesses to be darker than the higher areas. You could start with a darker base color and lighten it as you progress on the model but inking would be faster.
highlight the edges or raised area of the figure. Either use a lighter shade of the base color or mix a lighter shade into the base color. The more layers you do the stronger the transition will be. The general rule of thumb for improving your highlighting - always take it a step further than you think you should.
Also as stated above - gloss varnish does not look good at this scale. It will protect your paint but looks awful. If applied too thick it will actually obscure details. At the very least if you are going to gloss varnish - keep it thin and consider spraying it with a flat varnish afterwards to take away the shine. I use testor's dullcote and really like the results it gives.
Hope these suggestions give you some insight.
What paints are you using? I suggest that you buy some paints made especially for miniatures. They will bond better and tend to have finer pigments in them. I personally use vallejo game and model colors. The game colors line pretty much matches the GW line. I have used GW paint in the past but I detest their paint pot design. Reaper also makes a line of paints that is supposedly pretty good.
as for a color wheel any art supply store will have one. The nice thing about the color wheel is you get a good sense of what colors work well together.
Thanks guys for the comments.
What exactly are inks? i have to check out to see if there are some more hobby stores near my house, because the place now doesnt carry inks. Also, i loved that green and it only came in gloss unfortunatley. When i get some more guys ill see what other paints are there or in other hobby shops, and ill avoid gloss. My base coat is a spray paint, and i've tried spraying into a plastic bowl or cup to let it collect, and it always comes out a much wierder color than what you see when you spray it on a model. I don't have any paints similar to it and i cant seen to mix the right colors to get it.
Otherwise where can i get a color wheel?
Thanks again, these comments really help.
Im usin Tamiya paints, it's what they have and i used to find them very good. Now that i've used them more often they are kinda of thick and drippy, ill see what othe rpaints are available. I have heard about vallejo before, im gonna see if i can find it nearby. I think t here's only like 2 hobby shops nearby, and im going to the biggest one to get my stuff, but i think i have to take a trip into the city and get some better stuff. Thanks
The Tamiya paints are ok. I use some of the tamiya clear paints to an interesting effect. But from what I understand Tamiya paints are glossy. You will probably get better results with GW, Vallejo, or Reaper paint. Keep in mind that even if you don't find it in the store - you can get just about anything online.Originally Posted by Doomsday24
You should look into getting some Testor's Dullcoat varnish spray. It is a flat varnish that will kill any gloss from the paint. I swear by the stuff.
As for inks - well they are very thin (much thinner than paint) basically the consistency of water and they are highly pigmented. What I do is mix a few ink colors together usually to get a darker shade than a base coat and use it to add shadows to the recesses of the model. Then I go back and start highlighting up in the upper areas of the figure. It is easier and faster than starting with a darker color and building up to the lighter. It can also tint the underlying areas and create some interesting effects. This process of tint changing is called glazing.