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Subject: Question to those who paint their minis rss

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Ryan Heck
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Future owner of the Centenary Edition, French Army, and future expansions here.

I have a desire to paint my minis and wanted to reach out to the hive mind what would be the most economical paint options there were and what tools/brushes are must haves. I have a few in my collection, but the acrylics I've used in the past for roleplaying miniatures and such are getting old and probably need to be thrown out.

So what would you guys suggest for plastic miniatures? I'm also hoping to use these paints for my small X-Wing collection of ships. Yes, it's possible to keep it small
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Reinout Waelput
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Which paint brands do you have (easy) access to?

Some recommended brands:
- Vallejo
- Ammo by Mig
- Ak Interactive
- Andrea
- Lifecolor

Brushes: depends on whether or not you plan to paint for the next years. If so, you might want to have a look at Windsor & Newton series 7, these are very high quality brushes, if you know how to keep them in good shape. You can also buy cheaper marder kolinski brushes if you don’t feel comfortable splashing out on brushes.
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Mark McG
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I use Humbrol enamel paints, which seem to stick to plastic better than acrylic. Typically I don't undercoat, but do a 2nd layer if the first is thin. With 15mm figures, too much paint clogs the detail.

These are game pieces, so don't get too arty, and use a matt varnish finish with some black paint stirred in to bring up the detail at the end.

My regret with TGW figures is I should have trimmed the helmet flash more.


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Ryan Heck
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Awesome responses, guys. Thanks so much for the valubable info! If anyone else still wishes to share what works with them, please do so. I love hearing how people tackle projects like this.
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Barks
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I prefer acrylic paints. Army Painter and Vallejo are great. To speed things up, I used Plastic Soldier Company coloured sprays for a combined undercoat/ basecoat. A wash (either purchase one or DIY like Mark) is an easy way to bring your figures to the next level.

At a bare minimum, I’d get the following colours:

British
Medium brown for clothes
Pale cream/ brown for webbing
Dark brown for rifles, boots
Olive green helmets and equipment

Germans
Green-Grey for clothes
Dark grey for helmet, boots, equipment
Use the same dark brown above for the rifles and webbing
Medium brown for leggings

Skin colour
Base colour (brown or green to taste)

You could get away with seven colours.

Pics of my stuff are at http://wargamingwithbarks.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Great...
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http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/topics.mv?id=26 Painting
http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/topics.mv?id=125 Painting WW1
http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/topics.mv?id=119 Painting WW2

These may assist you.
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