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When painting should I do a base color of black or do 2 coats of the color its going to be?
Should I paint first then glue or glue then paint? Which one is easier?
Last edited by Chaos Lord; August 9th, 2005 at 23:30.
I favor basing anything Im going to pait with black primer (rarely with white primer, depending on the color its going to end up), but I think the questions you are asking are going to have answers that vary widely.
I also assemble my models before priming and then painting them, just my preferences.
I am the Aquila-Guerilla!
Here are several suggestions for you. Find what you like and experiment:
I prime white and then brush on a watered down black ink. The reason I do this is - to me - the black primer is too dark and obscures details. I like the darker primer but I want to see the details. The watered down black ink keeps the base of the figure dark but allows for the details to show through.
As for putting down a dark color vs. a few layers of the color to be - It really depends on the effect you are going for. For example if I want a dark red I will probably start with a brown as the base color or at the very least wash the first layer of red with a brown ink.
It you want brighter colors you would lay down a lighter color. Sometimes when painting light colors you will find that their coverage is horrible over a dark base coat. In that case - such as yellow you would start with a light brown or even a tan color and work your way up to the yellow.
As for assembly and painting. My general rule of thumb is: Assemble what you can beforehand. This way you can make sure the figure fits the way you want and you can putty/seal any seams between the pieces. Even if you paint seperately you will want to do a test fit and make sure everything will go together. Most of the time I trim off the metal tabs on the feet and pin the figure to the base. If that is the case I will most likely paint the base seperately and then pin and glue the figure to the base after they are both done. If a piece is going to be too much in the way while you paint that is a good candidate for painting the pieces separately.
Above all else experiment, experiment, experiment - that is the best way to learn what works best for you.
How do you wash the first layer of red with brown ink? Sorry I'm new lol
You can either take brown ink and just brush it on the red or take the brown ink and first dilute it with some water. What the ink will do is pull down into the crevices of the figure and leave a stain on the raised portion. You are more concerned with it going into the crevices and you will start building up highlights to the raised areas and will paint over the ink in those areas.
Hope this was a bit more clear.
Yup that makes sense. Thanks. I am wondering how long you have been painting miniatures because your amazing.
Also how many coats do you usually put on?
I have been painting on and off for over 20 years. I have been seriously painting the last 4 years.
As for coats of paint - it really depends. For Game Quality figures I usually do about 4 layers of highlights and shading. To this I will add any "effects". To a showcase figure I will add quite a few layers of transparent paint (meaning thinned quite a bit) and build up a rich color.
One thing you need to do is try new things. Keep trying and practice practice practice. The more you paint and try new things the more you will improve. Also don't be afraid to do research. In this era of the internet there is an abundance of information and help such as this forum.