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So, as I always say when I start a post, I'm new to W40k. Before now my painting experience has been very limited. I've painted up some Shadowrun and D&D figures from time to time, but even when I did my very best, my work was somewhat sub-standard. I had read many guides to miniature painting technique, but they didn't seem to help much. So, when I got to W40k I was determined that I wouldn't get discouraged no matter what, that I would paint and paint and paint until I started to see an improvement. I was also very worried because when I tried to paint detail the paint always seemed to get where I didn't want it. I attributed this to my somewhat shaky hands, and feared that this might always hold me back, since while my technique might improve there was nothing I could do about my hands. After several attempts to paint chaos marines I began to lose hope and considered letting my boyhood dreams of W40k go.
Today I went to my local HobbyTown USA, where they have a glass case filled with 40k figures on display. I have to admit, I was feeling very discouraged because all of the figures were very much nicer than anything I had painted. I began to despair that maybe I simply could not rise to this level. Feeling down, I made my purchases and went home. Then, again determined, I began to paint. And something miraculous happened.
I did a forty-minute slapdash job on a chaos marine I had lying around, and suddenly I was elated. It was incredible. This marine, which I expended barely any effort to paint was light-years ahead of anything I had ever done. Its lines were smooth and unblemished, the detail bits were perfect and no colors bled onto the figure. I had gone from a fumble-fingers to picasso in a single afternoon. What miraculous difference had caused this transformation?
The answer: Before, I had been using enamels.At the HobbyTown I had picked up some acrylics.
Don't ask me why I used enamels. I have no idea. I vaguely remember reading a comparison of the two for miniature painting purposes and thinking that enamel seemed the way to go. Boy, was I poorly served by that article! Now I cannot wait to get more figures to paint! If I can paint my Space Marines with even the same detail I managed on this slapdash chaos guy, I will be a happy man indeed! This discovery elated me to the degree that I just had to share it with the forum. Now my interest in the hobby is re-invigorated, and my faith in my own ability to paint is restored.
Now I just need to be able to afford the models. So, the moral of the story is, enamels may have their uses, but man do they seem to suck for minis. So if for some reason you're like me and you've been using enamel and are dissatisfied with your results, please god pick up some acrylics!
In the Light of the Emperor, a happy man once more,
Last edited by OSUMacbeth; September 2nd, 2006 at 23:10.
Good on ya!
-The God of all Machines
when you quoted the moral of the story, i was thinking about something along time lines of, 'never give up' or another disney catch phrase. its good to know that that sort of crap doesnt help in real life. hehe.
any way, great job, its great to hear that you've finaly found you 'talent' when it comes to painting! The best part was the fact that you cant wait to get out there and paint some more!
cheers and good luck with your painting in all its acrylicness.
"In dedicato imperatum ultra articulo mortis"
Heh, glad to hear you got that figured out
I stay away from enamels because they don't take very nicely to brushes and the paint is hard to get off
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Are GW paints acrylics or enamels, sorry but I don't know the difference.
"We are the Ultramarines," called Uriel. "And no foe can stand against us while we keep faith with the emperor." - Brother-Captain Uriel Ventris of the Ultramarines Fourth Company.
yea the GW paints are acrylics, as they are water based.
"In dedicato imperatum ultra articulo mortis"
Post a pic of the marine :yes:
The difference is in the emulsion that carries the pigment.
Acrylics use a polymer base, so they are basically a pigmented, liquid plastic until they dry to form a plastic coloured 'skin'. Acrylics use water as their solvent making them easier to clean up.
Enamels are oil based and require a special solvent to remove from brushes ie Turps.
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Yes and enamels can really ruin your clothes or moms kitchen table... I dont know about that last one but I have a friend who does
I shall not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will allow it to pass over and through me. And when the fear has passed I will turn the inner eye to see its path. There will be nothing. Only I will remain.
I'd love to post the marine, but unfortunately I don't have a digital camera .