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How long does it take to go from no clue to pretty good painting wise, im curious how much time i should expect to have to go from newb to good and from good to GW standards as far as painting goes.
Does it require profound artistic talent or is this something the average joe can do? I used to have other people paint my stuff but im considering trying it myself, i have high standards and want to play with stuff that has an above average paint job so im curious how long i should expect it would take to learn.
Any Joe can paint a decent playable army, it just depends how much time you want to spend.. Artistic talent is always a plus but the beauty of paint is that you can carefully fix most mistakes...
As you learn tricks your painting will improve.. Keep at it and you'll go far!
This question is pretty much not answerable. The reason I say this is everyone is different. Some people paint fast. Some slow. Some limit their time to only a few hours on a figure while others will put in 40 hours. The one thing I can say is that you need to paint and paint a lot to pick up new skills. As with most things practice makes perfect (if not perfect then better! )
My suggestion is search this site, the internet, painting forums, etc. and ask specific questions and seek out the help you are looking for. The internet is your friend when it comes to learning new painting techniques.
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I can add little else than what has been said, there is no set learning curve for painting - you do it at your own speed and it'll ulitmately depend upon how much effort you put in. I never reached my current ability - which I am still improving - until about two years ago, I don't play often and decided I would make sure that when I did it would be a damn nice looking army.
As said, the net is a big help; I know of a few sites with guides/explanations and such. If needed I may be of help there, otherwise practice and show people - take their comments to heart and improve your next miniture.
all i can suggest is when you first start put loads of effort in. this'll mean that your first model comes out good and you'll be more enthusiastic about doing the rest of the army.
i find that i paint better when i'm not under pressure. i did my warp spiders the week before a tourney and because i rushed i really didn't enjoy it at all and didn't put in the effort i should have, so they don't look as good as the rest of the army.
but my new chaos army, as its for fantasy which i've just started, there's no pressure. i can take as long as i need so i find i'm enjoying painting it all up.
in the end it doesn't really matter how good you are. we're all still learning.
When I startde to paint my first ten figurs or so were not very good. Then my skill just tok a leape and my elevent figure became a lot better. That is the way I have improved, I discover somting new that I cant ad to may tecknik.
I painted maby 30-50 models before I won my first local comption. I spent up to 5 houers even 10 or more on most of my figures. Now Im up in 25 for a phoenx lord or 50 for 1 vyper.
I dont know how you will improve its depends on what gold you have. If you what a army fast and you painting teknik will improve in that way. Paint a lots of guys in short time and they looks ok...
If you take your time the indevidial model will look awsome, but it will take REALY long time to paint that Imperial Guard army at 1500 points...
Then if you what to win golden deamon. I say you need talen as well as a lots of practis.
well I have painted a few yers...
maby 10 years...
And not wery frequently, it can go 2-3 momth between the progects.
Well since i managed to get some many replies from people with experience (thanks btw) what do i need to start?
Books, supplies, paints, etc...
Going to be mostly playing IG, cadians mostly (karskin 4tw!) and probably some DH grey knights for allies and maybee as a standalone eventually.
Money is not really an object really so would rather buy the good stuff then cheap products, any help would be appreciated.
Well about colors. The GW colors are fine but I like Game Colors frome Acrylicos Vallejo more. I think they coute better and the bottel is better too. The colors itself its up to you.
Moste of the time I just take the color I like and blend in more and more whit for the high lights.
I dont realy use that meny different colors.
If I what darker blue I mix Enchanted Blue whit black. Then I higlight up to only Enchanted Blue and start mixing white insted of black.
Brush is inportent. I hate GW brush btw. I use syntetic brushes from artistic stors. They last the longest. For me the smaler is better. I only use biger brush for couting or large models. (I use the smal brush on the bigger models as well more then the lagre ones.