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1) Is it socially acceptable to have a paintmark veer from it's normal area? IOW, is it normally okay if I'm painting part A black and part B blue, and some of the blue paint gets in part A? The brushes I use aren't exactly tiny, and I have shaky enough hands as it is...
2) How do you paint tiny areas, like eyes? Usually the primer/first coat completely conceals them, and I have to guess as to where they are. This leads to some pretty funny situations, like accidently painting red dots at the very bottom of an SM helmet. I'm guessing you should judge it from other models, but this isn't easy when you are painting an independent model.
3 (no, I can't count)) Has anybody tried using a shiny brown primer? Its the only color I have and it isn't too bad. I'd upload an experimental model (one that suffers from problems 1 and 2), but the digital camera isn't working.
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I don't see an issue with how the figure looks until it is done. I am sure most people spill over a bit when they are painting. For miniatures you should have some smaller precision brushes. I recommend a 0 or 1 for your every day common use and a 000 for detail work. Really anything smaller is just too small and paint tends to dry before it hits the figure. The key is in the point. Keep a sharp point by rolling it in the paint.
You can clean up the figure afterwards with your smaller brush. Just go over the right areas with the colors that should be there. Black lining or dark lining (lining with browns, blues, or other dark colors) works very well to help define different parts of the figure and help them stand out better.
The way I usually paint eyes is to paint the whole eye area (sometimes spilling over) white. I then put the pupil in and then darkline around the eye. I usually do this fairly thick and then go back over it with the flesh paint to get close to the eye while leaving a small amount of the dark line showing. I find this helps define the eyes and looks good from a distance.
Don't know about the shiny brown primer. If it is enamel I would steer clear of it. Chances are you are using acrylic paints and they may not stick well to the enamel. I usually use gw white primer to good effect. Just spray within 12 inches to avoid a bumpy looking prime coat.
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On marines I just do a dab of contrasting color (red or the like) in the eye, and after it drys poke a little dot of white in the corner so it looks glassy. With big eyes you can add a line on the bottom a shade lighter then the eye for additional coolness. For really small eyes, or if I am lazy, I just color it in with a really fine pen. Sneaky yes, but unless someone is looking at it really close, they cant tell.
Slorak has answered most of your Qs, painting eyes: there are 2 techniques:
1. paint the eye black then paint a small white dot at either side, leaving a thin black outline and a pupil
2, paint the elye black or brown, paint the entire eye white, lagains leavign a surround, then paint a black pupil,
I tend to use a magnifying glass and a 0000 brush to do this
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From what you say at no.2, it sounds like the primer is too thick and you have lost the detail. I think you may need to ditch the glossy brown spray. Spray much thinner coats, and personally I use white primer unless the thing I am painting is going to be very dark.Originally Posted by Dakar
Good brushes help. Not tiny short ones, but ones that come to a fine point should help the detail accuracy.
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I think also with the issue of the primer obscuring detals, try to use a couple of thin coats rather than one all out thick coat.
Then follow the detail painting guidance from the above.
(Edit) I gosh darned simulposted Rat!
See his post.(/Edit)
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