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This is my first model which I have reached a point of satisfaction in the painting. I don't use very good paints, store-bought craft acrylics, but I do the best I can and try to get cheap models. In the future I hope to use better paints and buy more models, but at the moment I am dirt poor and need to concentrate on an education. Anywhoo, here's the beasty, front and back views, let'er have it!
EDIT: I churned out a battle chest of necrons a la drybrush metallic color. They are tabletop ready but were really boring, so i switched to chaos! Also, none of those models were quite as challenging as this one was (4 arms required it to fall apart to actually paint!).
Last edited by PhEEP; January 11th, 2007 at 06:35.
You might find that with better materials (paints, brushes) painting will be more fun, and the outcome will be usually better. Paint less models but buy better paints (at least the basic colors), learn how to mix new shades, get at least one good brush and kepp on having fun! Your pictures do not show a lot of details, but basic paint coat is there. Add some shading/pick up the high points and you will be good.
Necrons are fun! After doing one full Chaos army you will want to paint something easy - trust me Plus, not a lot of people use them, at least where I play...
yeah, the pics are low quality, there actually is some shading on it. Most of the colors are mixed, the skin was white with a little powder blue and shades of purple were used to bring out the horns. This really speaks more to my skill as a photographer! (or my camera). my brushes are good(I'm a painting major) but I can't justify spending that much money on
such small tubs of paint(at least not until I have a real job). As an artist, i understand the value of good paints, but for me right now, the paints i have can go a very long way.
The only thing missing for me from these paints is a glaze effect. I suppose there is something mentioned about it somewhere in some faq, but I'm on the run and don't have time to look. Any general hints to that effect?
Thanks for looking!
I have to agree about the materials. I seems your painting skills outmatch your supplies. The model looks really good. Nice work.
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Thanks a lot. It seems that this is the case a lot of the time. I didn't want to waste materials practicing on these things. My plan is to by the large set of paints when I have the scratch to do so and just replace paints as I need them. Working from a large base will really help me as I demand a lot of colors and will not be satisfied with a limited range. Also, I like to mix to get my own hues and certain colors mix better than others.
I'll be in Europe for about 20 weeks, studying and then visiting family, so I don't know if I will have any more to post. Maybe I can pick up some cheap GW stuff in London !
Thanks for the comments all.
I agree that your painting skills are superior to your supplies. The paint you are using looks thick and chalky. You could try to water it down, but I suggest get new paints.
Last edited by Leech; January 11th, 2007 at 22:44.
THanks, yeah, i water it down at least 1:1 and more when I'm filling cracks and the like. I'll get new paints gradually, but right now I'm sinking all my money into getting that BFA and my London/Florence study abroad program. The paint is acrylic, I figure it might be good basecoat as it's cheap and blocks the undercoat well and provides a surface which holds paint well, but I will need to upgrade (you're right, the only real problem I have with it is that it is chalky).
Any suggestions on good budget paints? I have heard that Valleho(Vallejo?) is good and slightly cheaper than Reaper paints; is that accurate? Otherwise, any suggestions on paints which aren't necessarily designed for models or GW in mind (I don't care if it's not called Boltgun Metal) but can get the same effect would be greatly appreciated. I also understand that the paint designed for painting models is probably the best way to go, so I am willing to accept an answer of, "Cheap paint=cheap job, go for the real stuff." If that's the case, it's only a matter of time.