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James Clifford
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I have been reading about basecoats, and my question is when starting do people use different base coat colors for different parts of the piece? Like skin color basecoat for skin and armor color for armor and so on? Or basecoat one color and go from there?
 
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I could be wrong, but I believe a single color base coat is best.

I'd head on over to the Miniature's Painters Guild and re-ask the question. They have much knowledge.
 
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A single color covering of the miniature is typically termed priming, and this is often done in white or black. Some painters choose to prime in other colors especially if a model is predominantly a single color.

Basecoat is typically a single color applied to specific parts of the figure (hair, skin, armor, etc.), which is then treated with a wash, dry brush, or highlight.

Here's a good link that might help: http://www.brookhursthobbies.com/paintingclinic/
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The only time I would use different basecoats if the mini had mulitple pieces before assembly.
Then I may be tempted to use different colored primers for each piece if that would save me time in painting.
(i usually use the army painter colored primer and did not use a basecoat.) Otherwise I use 1 color primter that make senses for the majority of the mini (when in doubt use grey .. or a warm neutral like bone)
 
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People seem to use the term "basecoat" with different meanings. It looks like a few people who have posted above, use the term "basecoat" to be synonymous with "primer".

I am in the camp with aronbc above. Basecoating, to me, means the first color applied after the primer. In that case, yes. Basecoat skin to be a skin tone, clothes in their main color, ... Armor is a a little different since I don't basecoat with an armor color, but with a brown or black, then go over it with a metallic afterwards.

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aronbc wrote:
A single color covering of the miniature is typically termed priming, and this is often done in white or black. Some painters choose to prime in other colors especially if a model is predominantly a single color.

Basecoat is typically a single color applied to specific parts of the figure (hair, skin, armor, etc.), which is then treated with a wash, dry brush, or highlight.

Here's a good link that might help: http://www.brookhursthobbies.com/paintingclinic/
This +1

To others - be careful not to confuse "primer" and "base-coat" as terms, it confuses beginners. They are definitely NOT the same thing. Both have very specific purposes. It is possible to use a coloured primer to avoid the need to base-coat some areas of the figure (i.e. zombie-flesh primer) but it's still a primer!!
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