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I have trouble with keeping up neatness on my models. is there any way i can keep my hand more steady? or some other way?
Well you could put your mini in a vice or make a stand for it while you paint it so that eliminates one shaky hand. I would also suggest just using small touches, it's better to do several accurate and small touches than one big messy blob.
Good luck to you
I'm sure there are some more seasoned painters with more tips.
If you're having trouble keeping steady, try keeping your elbows on the desk or on your knees.
Also, you could maybe try painting the model from the "inside-out", starting with the largest areas and working your way out to the details.
And remember, you first few layers of paint are only basecoats. The neatness counts when you're doing the smaller details and finishing/cleaning the model up.
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Reiterating what has already been said:
Always lean your elbows on something. Rest the hand that holds the brush against the other that is presumably holding the mini. Neatness matters most when you are painting dark colours which are a pain when smudged into lighter ones (it's easier to paint dark over light mistakes than vice versa). Always try to paint from the inside out ie lower, inner areas first, then outwards.
Getting the right amount of paint on the brush and the paint the right consistency is also an important skill. You will learn this more by experience and experimentation than instruction. The paint should flow evenly and cleanly from the brush - aim for this.
Hope this is helpful.
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Hold your your breath if you really need accuracy, but don't hold it too long.
I find exhaling and holding your breath is better than inhaling and then holding it.
Last edited by CBrate; June 20th, 2006 at 00:11.
Hold the mini in your other hand - because your body will tend to move anyway, locking in down in a vice or keeping it "perfectly steady" on the table just means that every small movement of your hand is more pronounced. However, if you hold the mini in your off hand, both will tend to move in very similar ways which helps to naturally compensate for any movement you make.
Rather than resting your elbows on a table, I find that I get more control if I rest my forearms on the edge of my table, and yes, you need a steady table.
Also, use a finer brush and do a couple of strokes at a time, this helps me not obsure/go over details.
I hope this is of some benefit.
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I've noticed that I can't have any caffeine the days I'm painting. One cup in the morning is fine, but after that, ixnay on the affeinecay. Also, if you are dehyrdated, you may also have some muscle twitches.
I lower my chair to the lowest possible position, so the work table edge is at chest level. This allows what I'm working on to be close to eye level without having to hunker down over it. Then being right handed, I hold the model in my left hand with my arm resting against the table and usually my elbow wedged between my torso and the chair arm. Then my right wrist will rest against the table. I will also usually steady my right hand as well by resting my right hand pinky against my left hand or the model itself. Works for me (although my description may be uncomprehensible, hehe). =)
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I've personally found that doing quick sloppy basecoating followed by a good "touch-up and detail" session is the only way i can chew through my inbox. I'll basecoat 8 gaunts (2 or 3 light coats of each of the main colours) , get the base to the right colour, then dedicate one night of details where i'll cut out the caffeine, get some decent music going, and grab a nice small brush and plan what i'm going to do .
I find being methodical has helped me keep things neat. e.g. all the teath are painted black first, then i go back and "side-brush" (not sure what the technique is called) the white on all of them. Then i'll do all the touch ups of one colour, switch colours then do the second coats.