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    Painting White

    I have often seen many models painted by Games Workshop with a seemingly perfect white, for example:
    The Tau hammer head: http://us.games-workshop.com/games/4...au_army_1b.htm
    Whenever I paint white on to a model it comes out all terrible looking and I was wondering if anyone knew how to get the white to look as good as Games Workshop does.

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    Use multiple coats of white preferably a little thinner than what comes in the pot of Skull White.
    Don't use any layers of black under it. Grey is fine but white paint doesn't cover black properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir_Penguin
    I have often seen many models painted by Games Workshop with a seemingly perfect white, for example:
    The Tau hammer head: http://us.games-workshop.com/games/4...au_army_1b.htm
    Whenever I paint white on to a model it comes out all terrible looking and I was wondering if anyone knew how to get the white to look as good as Games Workshop does.
    He may have got it that white by just spraying the tank with Skull White spray and they just painting the areas he needed to in camo.

    "The most important thing was to get a good, clean white colour for most of the vehicle, which I did simply by undercoating the whole vehicle in white."

    Yeah, so he just assembled it and sprayed it white.
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    White is tricky, the best way is simply undercoating it from the start.

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    So does using a spray work better than using a large brush?
    CBrate, about how many coats of white would I need? My friend asked someone who had a perfect white at a local tournament and they said 9, is this enough or too much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir_Penguin
    So does using a spray work better than using a large brush?
    CBrate, about how many coats of white would I need? My friend asked someone who had a perfect white at a local tournament and they said 9, is this enough or too much?
    A spray will give a more even coat and is definately quicker, but whether you use one depends on your situation. For my Black Legion Marines, their armour is black so I undercoat them with Chaos Black spray then simply paint the trim, weapons, eyes etc.

    If your Hammerheads/Devilfish are going to be mainly white (such as the one in the link in your first post) it will probably be best to undercoat it with Skull White spray first, then paint any camoflauge and markings on top. You might need to give it two coats with the spray to make it really white, but it's still quicker.

    White is a horrible colour to paint, you'll probably need at least 4 coats. I painted a Black Legion symbol on top of one of my Rhinos with Sunburst Yellow, that took about 6 coats before it was actually yellow.
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    I don't actually have a hammer head, that was just an example. It is just that whenever I paint white I always end up quite annoyed with the result. I have also been put of painting certain models becaus of the white, I once had some Tau Fire Warriors I wanted to paint in the white colour scheme but it didn't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir_Penguin
    I don't actually have a hammer head, that was just an example. It is just that whenever I paint white I always end up quite annoyed with the result. I have also been put of painting certain models becaus of the white, I once had some Tau Fire Warriors I wanted to paint in the white colour scheme but it didn't work.
    What is it exactly you are painting?
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    Easiest way to get white =
    Spray models twice with white spray, then paint on any other colours needed.

    Best way to get white =
    Gray basecoat and then building up with multiple layers of thinned white paint (anywhere between 3 to 9 layers depending on how much you thin the paints)

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    If you're going to spray white, I'd recommend spraying the model black first.

    It'll make it easier to see where you need to spray another coat of white (esspecially on a grey plastic model) and it seems that a black spray tends to grip the plastic better and leads to less chipping and such.

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