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Matthew Carrington
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After seeing some of the fantastic paint jobs some of you guys have done, I am feeling inspired. It has been about 20 years since I painted anything miniture wise amd that was Necromunda and 40k stuff.

So I am after a few pointers from your experience with these figures. NB: I will be looking at blogs and 1st ed for colour and style ideas. Do all the same techniques used for application and removal for mistakes apply?

My concern is the initial cost investment in new paints amd brushes. I would be using citadel paints as thats most accessable for me but how far could I get with a basic set and as few (3 or 4) brushes as possible.

Thanks in advance
 
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RockSummoner wrote:
So I am after a few pointers from your experience with these figures. NB: I will be looking at blogs and 1st ed for colour and style ideas. Do all the same techniques used for application and removal for mistakes apply?


This series might help. It's in 4 parts, and quite topical. Enjoyable to watch, too, IMHO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MFjgr4Ao5I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEoDh1cdq_8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ePl7EJzfw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmpH1yEpxSA

Edit: added links to part 2-4, since I couldn't find an index link to the whole set, and 2 didn't necessarily follow from 1 with the link I had.
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dulcaoin wrote:
RockSummoner wrote:
So I am after a few pointers from your experience with these figures. NB: I will be looking at blogs and 1st ed for colour and style ideas. Do all the same techniques used for application and removal for mistakes apply?


This series might help. It's in 4 parts, and quite topical. Enjoyable to watch, too, IMHO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MFjgr4Ao5I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEoDh1cdq_8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ePl7EJzfw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmpH1yEpxSA

Edit: added links to part 2-4, since I couldn't find an index link to the whole set, and 2 didn't necessarily follow from 1 with the link I had.


I certainly approve of the links above. The Esoteric Order of Gamers is a great channel and that painting guide is quite helpful.

I'll go over my generic tips:

1) Make sure you wash and clean the minis before priming. They are pretty slick with the moulding residue which can affect the priming process. Wash them in a bowl and scrub if you want to be thorough. I also like to clean off the mould lines with a knife, but if you're not picky, you certainly don't need to. Also, prime your minis.

2) Dry Brushing and applying a Wash will give you the most detail on your mini's (especially the monsters) versus time invested. They are quick and easy ways to really make your figures pop and make it look like you spent a lot more time painting them than you actually did.

3) Paint in 3's. For instance, if I'm painting the cultists robes red, I use three colors: a dark/base red, a slightly lighter red, and a light red. Paint the entirety in the base red, highlight with the lighter red, and do finishing touches with the lightest red. Finishing with a red wash will give the figures a much more layered/shadowed appearance.

4) Patience is rewarded with the small details. Being extra careful around the eyes and the mouth can be the difference between a convincing mini and a subpar one. That being said, these mini's aren't too crazy detailed to begin with, and sometimes simpler is better when painting simple minis.
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Stumbled across this myself, also as a novice, and found it excellent. Try this as well:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5fbz2Otpdg
 
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dulcaoin wrote:
RockSummoner wrote:
So I am after a few pointers from your experience with these figures. NB: I will be looking at blogs and 1st ed for colour and style ideas. Do all the same techniques used for application and removal for mistakes apply?


This series might help. It's in 4 parts, and quite topical. Enjoyable to watch, too, IMHO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MFjgr4Ao5I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEoDh1cdq_8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ePl7EJzfw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmpH1yEpxSA

Edit: added links to part 2-4, since I couldn't find an index link to the whole set, and 2 didn't necessarily follow from 1 with the link I had.


Big thank you for the above links. I have been looking for a similar set of painting tutorials and these are great.
 
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Reaper has two Learn to Paint Kits, one for drybrushing and washes, and another for layering (fleshtones). They're both good starter kits, pick the one that matches your skill level and complements current paint colors. Paint the larger monsters first, then the clothed humanoids, then the investigators. Army Painter Quickshade Ink set is a good set of washes, and you can use cheaper brushes effectively with washes. Amazon also has a cheap set of sable nail art brushes, three for under $2, and I also use them to minimize my use of my hobby sable brushes.

Brushes: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007BLN17K/ref=oh_aui_deta...

LTPK: http://www.frpgames.com/cart.php?m=search&s=bones+learn+to+p...
LTPK: https://www.amazon.com/Bones-Miniatures-Learn-Paint-Reaper/d...
 
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Matthew Carrington
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Thank you all for your links and tips so far. I had a quick look at the you tube videos before I hit the sack last night.

Now I don't feel so worried I will mess it all up. :-)
 
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