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Nathan D
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Hey guys and gals..
I have painted minis for a little while but never really invested in decent paints or brushes or anything that would be considered actual quality stuff (Walmart brand)..

I was wondering if any would could recommend a good starting set up. I want to learn how to actually paint well and use some good quality products that wont also send me to the poor house lol.. What is the set up that you guys recommend?
 
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join the mini painter guild.

There are many brands out there

GW, Vallejho (sp?) , Reaper and P3 to name a few.

I prefer GW paints for what I need.

I am not sure about starter sets other than GW's.
Reaper used to sell all types of starter sets and one off type color packs for specific mini types.

What are you painting?
 
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i just bought zombicide and its made me want to try painting too! I tried looking into starter sets but i dont know what to look for. Can someone link an amazon or link to the best starter set?
 
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Reaper Learn to Paint Kits are excellent starting points, however they're very difficult to find; supposedly new versions are coming out but that's been in the works for quite a while now. Warhammer also makes kits but again hard to find and more expensive to boot. As far as I know, those are the only official learn to paint mini kits.

IMO a good brush is a better investment for starting out than paints, but you can build up a quality paint collection at a reasonable price if you have a Hobby Lobby nearby; they carry Vallejo paints and their weekly 40% coupon works on those. HL also carries decent albeit not top of the line brushes, but good enough for determining if you enjoy the hobby enough to invest more into it later.
 
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Look in your own old toys (or garage sales) for some test subjects, no matter what you buy to begin. Use acrylic paint unless something just compels you to buy an enamel color. Learn what it takes to strip all of it off when it goes badly.

Every next one will be better.
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bltzlfsk wrote:
Look in your own old toys (or garage sales) for some test subjects, no matter what you buy to begin. Use acrylic paint unless something just compels you to buy an enamel color. Learn what it takes to strip all of it off when it goes badly.

Every next one will be better.


thats a good idea. acrylic paint works well for this then?

what is a good primer to get?
 
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Well, I just went through a couple weeks of research bouncing around to different painting sites and looking at a lot of threads here. Here's my "starter set" starting with basically nothing.

Please comment and critique as you like. I really was hoping to find a "buy all this stuff" list like this before I started, but couldn't. I haven't started painting, so I can't comment on how well this setup is going to work.

Knife

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004Z2UB/ref=oh_details_o...

Brushes

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007H4YR8S/ref=ox_sc_act_ti...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027SI7Q2/ref=ox_sc_act_ti...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027SI7Q2/ref=oh_details_o...

Brush Cleaner

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00178WGHY/ref=ox_sc_act_ti...

Primer - I've heard white is awesome especially for lighter shade models and black is awesome for dark models and for helping with the washing/inking

http://www.jegs.com/i/Duplicolor/318/DAP1689/10002/-1
http://www.jegs.com/i/Duplicolor/318/DAP1692/10002/-1

Paints (these are vallejo which should be around the same quality as army painter and games workshop, but this is the cheapest I found for a decent starter set)

http://www.scalehobbyist.com/catagories/Paint_and_Constructi...

Ink/Wash (i'll probably paint on at first, then try dipping some hoard-type minis)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Army-Painter-Strong-Quick/dp/B004U...

Matte Finish

http://www.amazon.com/Testor-Corp-Dull-Spray-Testors/dp/B003...

Shiny Finish (gonna use this on my insects for Myth)

http://www.amazon.com/Testor-Corp-1261-Glosscote-Testors/dp/...

Palette (got 2 of these)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028FIQ56/ref=oh_details_o...

Edit:

Super Glue

http://www.amazon.com/15g-Gorilla-Super-Glue-Gel/dp/B00CJ5EO...
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someone suggested reaper master paints.
 
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Great list. That's a nice price for that much paint! And I agree with the choice of Army Painter brushes, they're excellent middle-road quality.
 
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Zombicide is why I am looking into getting a nice set as well...
I saw that army paints had a starter set for zombicide..http://usshop.thearmypainter.com/products.php?ProductGroupId...


I loved this video and it kinda got me excited.. about getting the game and painting the minis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxm7Y0IJ10U

He mentioned some products was just wondering what you guys thought
 
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Many spray paints can be used as a primer/base coat if the weather or your workshop allow. Test on small bits before the cherished game pieces. I've got a gaggle of minis coated with brushed on white Liquitex Gesso that dried very snugly and didn't depend on noxious fumes.
 
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Snappleman wrote:
Well, I just went through a couple weeks of research bouncing around to different painting sites and looking at a lot of threads here. Here's my "starter set" starting with basically nothing.

Please comment and critique as you like. I really was hoping to find a "buy all this stuff" list like this before I started, but couldn't. I haven't started painting, so I can't comment on how well this setup is going to work.

Knife

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004Z2UB/ref=oh_details_o...

Brushes

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007H4YR8S/ref=ox_sc_act_ti...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027SI7Q2/ref=ox_sc_act_ti...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027SI7Q2/ref=oh_details_o...

Brush Cleaner

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00178WGHY/ref=ox_sc_act_ti...

Primer - I've heard white is awesome especially for lighter shade models and black is awesome for dark models and for helping with the washing/inking

http://www.jegs.com/i/Duplicolor/318/DAP1689/10002/-1
http://www.jegs.com/i/Duplicolor/318/DAP1692/10002/-1

Paints (these are vallejo which should be around the same quality as army painter and games workshop, but this is the cheapest I found for a decent starter set)

http://www.scalehobbyist.com/catagories/Paint_and_Constructi...

Ink/Wash (i'll probably paint on at first, then try dipping some hoard-type minis)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Army-Painter-Strong-Quick/dp/B004U...

Matte Finish

http://www.amazon.com/Testor-Corp-Dull-Spray-Testors/dp/B003...

Shiny Finish (gonna use this on my insects for Myth)

http://www.amazon.com/Testor-Corp-1261-Glosscote-Testors/dp/...

Palette (got 2 of these)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028FIQ56/ref=oh_details_o...



Ted how much did you end up dropping for the whole set up?
 
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Oh! And the craft paints shouldn't be totally dismissed. A spot of color here and there isn't going to look much different if it was $5 an ounce or 25ยข.
 
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http://www.miniaturemarket.com/rpr9961.html

I love Reaper paints and they are super cheap. You can pick up the two HD cases and then pick and choose whatever Master Series colours you think you might like.

For primer, brushes and sealant, I would just go to Michaels.
 
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what would be a good mini for some ones first paint job. i looked at some online and they are all pretty cheap. Subject matter doesnt really matter. Is bigger easier or is small better for the first time?
 
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Good knife set Ted, but a bundle of X-Acto #11 blades will carry you far with the smallest one.

A palette is handy, but you can use foam disposable plates for the same purpose, if you're not out to save the environment.

 
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sasigns wrote:
Ted how much did you end up dropping for the whole set up?


Well, you're looking at right around $48 at the paint site ($9 in shipping), but I added a matalic paint set in there too, so my checkout was around $80. $14 for the primer (free shipping). $107 at amazon ($13 in shipping). So, my list all summed up would be right at .... carry the 1 ... $170. It's not cheap, but I definitely feel like I'm getting some quality stuff.
 
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myronborgan wrote:
what would be a good mini for some ones first paint job. i looked at some online and they are all pretty cheap. Subject matter doesnt really matter. Is bigger easier or is small better for the first time?


Get something in the range of 2-3" tall, like an ogre or a troll. That will allow you to practice things like picking out details without getting paint on the surrounding parts of the mini.
 
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myronborgan wrote:
what would be a good mini for some ones first paint job. i looked at some online and they are all pretty cheap. Subject matter doesnt really matter. Is bigger easier or is small better for the first time?


A local game/hobby store should have plenty of metal critters or vehicles for various rules systems. Plastic of either flavor may need more of a boxed set.

Size is simply a matter of your patience and brush size.

Pull out a coin of your realm and paint the face.
 
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