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I am completely new to the miniture painting experience, but excited to start. I don't have any of the supplies I'll need, so I was hoping you guys could help me put together a shopping list so I only have to make one trip to the hobby or art supply store. Of course the very basics would be paint, brushes, and figures, but what other things will I need? I'm interested in painting Warhammer 40k figures; should I start by just buying the pack of troop units so I'll have quite a few to learn on? Also, how much paint am I going to realistically need for the first time?
Last edited by Perchloric Acid; March 1st, 2006 at 21:08.
Welcome to the start of a great hobby mate!
the first place I would start is working out what army you want to play/paint. If you think the army is really cool, and you like the theme/models, you will be so much more motivated to paint them. I reckon having a chat to your local GW staff should help, get them to show you all the options.
Once you have decided what you want to collect, get a box of their basic troop type. Or, get the Battle for Macragge box set. It has 10 space marines and a set of tyranids plus the rules and stuff. Good starting point.
I would get a good hobby knife and glue, maybe a file as well. cleaning up the models properly before you paint gives a much better finish. Also you will need a can of undercoat spray. White or black depends on the colour you will be painting your army.
Then just get the paints you will need to do the figures you start with. White and black are givens, a metalic like boltgun metal is good, and then you should only need another 6-8 to do the job.
I get my paints and models from GW, the brushes, glues and stuff are much cheaper from art supply stores or other general model shops. Especialy brushes.
Hope this helps,
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GW do some starter sets which are quite good to get you the basics. But if you'd rather choose your own then just go for the basics- primary colours, along with chaos black, skull white, a metallic and a brown. A lot depends on what you;d like to paint as well.
As for brushes, the GW brushes are all well and good, but any art supply shop will sell kolinsky sable brushes of a higher quality at a similar price, windsor and newton brushes for example.
As a beginner you dont really need to bother with inks and stuff as yet, although spray primer is a godsend, although its your choice whether to opt for black or white- white gives a brighter finish (hence why majority prefer black to get that gothicy look) and is certainly easier to start with.
EDIT: i forgot glues but RoV beat me to it!
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Wow! This could be an endless suggestion list. It really depends on how deep you want to get into the hobby. I have been painting and modelling for over 20 years and have amassed a tremendous amount of things. There are still tons of stuff that I would want!
Here are a list of ideas for some things you might want even if not immediately. By no means complete!!!
I would start with at least the primary colors and some of the neutral colors, and maybe some metallics (browns, tans, etc.) I am sure that as you grow your paint will be added to. I personally Use Vallejo paints but GW and Reaper paints are good as well.
primer - white and/or black
some brand of super glue
pins (preferrably 1/16 or 1/8" brass rods)
various grass flocks
inks (variety of colors)
random cool looking objects from gears to plastic piping
model masking tape
large/medium ground cover bark pieces
plasticard (any number of styles such as i-beams, grids, etc.)
X-acto knife and extra blades
The list goes on and on and on. Basics though - paint, brushes, pin vise (though dremel is faster), some type of saw - preferrably jewelers saw, glue, and inks should start you out. I would also recommend something for the bases if anything at least some sand.
Last edited by slorak; March 1st, 2006 at 21:38.
Other handy items:
An x-acto self healing cutting mat. Good for cutting on, and protecting the underneath from spills
Cheap-o white ceramic mug. Like a cheap coffie mug. Good for cleaning brushes and the ceramic makes the rised paint goop easy to clean off.
Mixing palettes. Art or craft stores sell plastic palettes for under a dollar.
man I donâ€™t know what half of the things in your list isOriginally Posted by slorak
I just use
plastic thing (you have to mixing paint on something)
bottle (for the water...)
and thatâ€™s all
edit: forgot about, smal rocks, sand.
yeah it really depends on how deep you want to delve into the hobby. I have ammassed quite a collection over the years - some of it I don't use too much, other things I have learned from different artists. If I see something new or find a new technique I will pick up new stuff.
yeh I know that, but I didnâ€™t what to give this new guy the impression that you need a lots of stuffs from the beginning. Iâ€™m sure most of your stuffs will come handy from time to time. Still you come a long way with just the things I sad.Originally Posted by slorak
I don't believe that I gave the impression that you needed lots of stuff - but rather you can end up with a lot of stuff depending on how far you want to delve into the hobby. Some of the stuff on my list isn't necessarily needed but if you could afford it - will save you a lot of grief. The big one being the dremel. I use my dremel much more than the pin vise and find it much easier on the hands and much much quicker. Other things like water effects and snow are not quite as useful being used rarely for special bases.
My point is that you shouldn't set a hard and fast guideline to what you need. Be open to try new things and you might find some things that actually make your life easier!
I can agree to that :yes: