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I'm fairly new to painting, and been to just about every website, done just about every tutorial, but i still seem to be strugling with painting my marines to an acceptable standard. I can paint to table top standard, but going above and beyond that is getting annoying. Everything i try screws up. Ill explain what im trying to do and maybe someone could direct me to an example or just help me with my plans.
Ok so my goal is to make my minis look like the ones in the codex, the Revilers. This standard is proberly to high for me to aim for, fair enough, but i wanna get something similar. So i go for my undercoat, i've tried black and white. Then i paint it codex gray all over. Then i do the black in between the arms and legs, and that looks alrite. Now i wanna get the black on the little bits of their legs, there is little indents in the armour, that is black, but i dunno how to get that black, and also, i begin to start highlighting, and my lines look like crap. I tried heaps of brushes, 0's, 00's, 000's and even some new 5/0 and 20/0. But they look crap. How do they get such good highlights, and also get into the cracks. I've tried washes and stuff, but i didnt think they would work on the legs for example, cause they are smooth kinda thing.
This may be confussing, but if anyone does understand, any help i could get would be greatly appricated.
Thanks in advance
Well first of all, if you aren't doing it already, thin down your paints with some water. It runs more smoothly so you can paint faster, but it'll require maybe 2 or 3 layers. It's worth it though.
For panel lines, use the smallest brush you have and carefully line it in, then maybe fix the grey around it afterwards.
For highlighting, also use the smallest brush you have and line the edges of the armor. If you want it to look even better, use maybe 2 or 3 layers of the color. The first layer would be codex grey with a little bit of white, then you do the edges. The second is codex grey with a little more white, and you leave the first layer showing a bit, and you can keep going as much as you're willing to do.
Yes i understand.When i first started painting i wanted to instantly paint like a pro.But you cant.Your skills with the brush will develop along with practice and experience painting minis.The more minis you paint the better you will get.
Just keep painting,you will get better,listen to the tutorials and advice and practiice what they say and you will start to get better at it.
Practice makes perfect! (in most cases lol)
Yah man, just keep slugging! My first few models (50ish) looked horrible, but they began to look better and better as I went on. You just learn new skills and tricks that you develop and refine over time. I would also suggest the "How to Pain CItadel Models" book that GW has put out as it gives some great advice along with good pics
Just keep going :yes:
Alrite sweet thanks everyone. I have decided to go with a black colour scheme, with like and ice blue highlight, insted of grey just to see what i looks like. Ill just keep painting and striping and painting and striping till i get it right. Once i have it worked out, ill spread it to all my army and try and post some pics up here.
About that book, i think its what im goin to buy next. I have hurd that its very good, but im deciding weather to get that or a new dreadnaught :yes:
Black with an Ice blue highlight sounds like it will be really great, worth a try for you. As for book vs dread. I'd say book, If you are just starting and trying to get used to the painting the book would be more helpful... and of course if you get the dread after that the book will help when you paint him.
You donâ€™t have to paint 50 models before you get one good, I have painted 100 in a total. There is a few things that you can do. I have found this painting technique really easy.
The Revilers have quite easy painting scheme. I shod do it like this (I know that you are trying a different scheme, but I explain this any way)
I shod start with white coat. Then paint the codex gray. After This use a black + codex + water wash to get the dark areas. Now it will look messy so I paint over the areas where you donâ€™t want the wash with codex gray. Then I use my way of highlighting.
If you want it darker then there is two ways.
On start of with codex gray + some black. Or just do it may way and in the last layers ad some black in the codex gray.
I often take some time at painting my models, but if you donâ€™t use as many layers as me it will go faster.
Wow guys, thanks for the responses and all the help! It helps more than you could imagine!
I have a question about the book. I was looking, and there are 2 books which i was thinking about. There is How to Paint Cidital Minitures OR How to paint Space Marines. Now i was wondering if anyone had either of these, which one is the best and would benift me the most?
edit: AndEng, your method of paint seems very good, stable and something that i might me able to grasp with some pratice. My question to you is though, what would u recomend the process be if i was going for the black armour with the fortress gray/ice blue highlights. Any help you could give me on this would be fantastic! Thanks.
Last edited by SquishyB; January 9th, 2006 at 12:12.
I say go with the how to paint citadel minatures because in this book they discuss every aspect of painting and not only your marines. I can say for sure you want to paint other miniatures in the future and the how to paint citadel minitures also tells you something about the thing that work in co-operation with painting.
DonÂ´t mess with the dicegod
Ok lets see if I understand you right. You want black highlighted to Ice blue? I shod skip the gray in this process. I shod do it like my Dire avenger, but skip the white highlights and go down al the way to black. I have don this on my Wraitlord but the picture suck, its looks way better in real.
To do this I shod not start with white coat. Go with black (if you donâ€™t planning to have areas that are white or yellow). Keep the edges just bight blue and not white. (if you donâ€™t what to have a really extreme highlight). If Iâ€™m lucky I will post better pictures of my work in week or two. I have pictures posted already but the quality is bad.