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Rob Defense
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I can't paint. At all.

But I love games with minis. And I hate that all the heroes in my favorite games, like Descent or Mice & Mystics, are all gray. Can't tell them apart. A dilemma.

But I was thinking of painting just the heroes ... with this twist: I'd paint them using just one color. So, in Mice & Mystics, for example, Colin could be red and Maginos could be yellow and Lily could be green, etc.

So my question is this: What's the best/easiest way to paint minis in one solid color? Spray paint? Or should I just use a paint brush and (lightly) slather them up.

Any recommendations on paint for this kind of job?
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I would use a brush with a light coat of paint. If you ever want to come back and paint them up more, you're less likely to screw up the detail with a brush. I have been on the receiving end of too much spray paint, and learned an expensive lesson on some nice minis.
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I agree. Use as little paint as possible, and make sure the paint is thin enough (add thinner if needed).

If the paint is too thick and hides details, wipe it off and try again.
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You might want to do a dip after doing this just to bring out the details a bit. It's super easy to do just buy some Tudor Minwax polyshade from the hardware store & brush on the dried mini. Here's a great link with a youtube video tutorial.
Tutorial: The “Miracle” Dip
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should I prime them?
 
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I use the warhammer paints (mostly because I like painting warhammer minis and for some reason I feel like the paint is designed for that), and add enough water to make it the consistency of melted butter. Remember that you can always add more paint if it's spotty, but it's a ton harder to remove once it's dried.
 
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robbydee wrote:
should I prime them?


If you're just doing one color, I really wouldn't bother.
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I agree with Tom D. If you use a wash (a thin ink that will flow into the cracks and crevasses of the mini) then priming is a moot point. The minis will look good using this technique and since they will only be handled on the raised areas there'll be no paint to rub off there.
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If it is to just tell them apart, you don't have to paint the whole thing. You can just paint the bases different colors.
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WrittenZero wrote:
If it is to just tell them apart, you don't have to paint the whole thing. You can just paint the bases different colors.


This was my thought exactly. If you like, you could use the dipping method or paint in some inks to have the details of your pieces stand out, and then you can paint the bases different colors to tell them apart. I bet they'll come out looking great!
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Ooh ... I like the base idea ... Anyone tried that?
 
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I have not, but I would want to do that as opposed to painting the whole mini.. Really, I Know I'm harping on this but it's so easy to screw up a mini with too much paint, and then 6 months later if you decide that you actually want to invest the time in painting them fully you wouldn't be able to.

I think the base idea is brilliant.
 
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You could also by mini poker chips of different colors and just glue the miniature to the chip. I just did this with my Room 25 figures so that I can tell them apart.

Of course it could be done with small wooden discs and paint, but I can use the leftovers for other games as well.
 
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td6211 wrote:
Really, I Know I'm harping on this but it's so easy to screw up a mini with too much paint, and then 6 months later if you decide that you actually want to invest the time in painting them fully you wouldn't be able to.


In that case you could just drop them in some Dettol or Simple Green, leave a day (or as long as you want really), then scrub them with some Dish Soap or Washing Up Liquid, rinse under cold/lukewarm water, and leave to dry thoroughly.

They'll then be ready to re-prime and re-paint.


In answer to the OP:

I would prime them, with a spray primer - just a really really light mist though - you don't need to cover every part of the mini's surface, just enough to give the paint something to adhere to.

Then, when the primer is dry, use well thinned down paints, and build the colour up over several coats (be sure to allow the first coat to dry before applying the second, and so on).

Painting is one of those things where less is more, because you can easily add more paint, you can't so easily take it away though.

And you can't get the paint too thin, but you can leave it too thick.
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Scorpion0x17 wrote:
td6211 wrote:
Really, I Know I'm harping on this but it's so easy to screw up a mini with too much paint, and then 6 months later if you decide that you actually want to invest the time in painting them fully you wouldn't be able to.


In that case you could just drop them in some Dettol or Simple Green, leave a day (or as long as you want really), then scrub them with some Dish Soap or Washing Up Liquid, rinse under cold/lukewarm water, and leave to dry thoroughly.

They'll then be ready to re-prime and re-paint.


In answer to the OP:

I would prime them, with a spray primer - just a really really light mist though - you don't need to cover every part of the mini's surface, just enough to give the paint something to adhere to.

Then, when the primer is dry, use well thinned down paints, and build the colour up over several coats (be sure to allow the first coat to dry before applying the second, and so on).

Painting is one of those things where less is more, because you can easily add more paint, you can't so easily take it away though.

And you can't get the paint too thin, but you can leave it too thick.


Dude, you probably saved a couple of my minis. Thanks!
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Really? Wow I didn't get any. I'm using AVG free though & keep NoScript on always. I'm sure there are a ton of other sites that have the dip method, there's even some tutes here on the geek just don't know where though.
 
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A Google search with the terms: (miniature painting dip method) come up with good results. The first being one on BGG, but the layout is a bit weird.

It's a pretty easy method and does have quick and great results.

BGG Link:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43744/the-dip-method-a-ste...
 
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I use to paint my minis with a silver metallic, hit them with a thin wash of black to pick out details, spray them with a gloss coat then a matte varnish for durability and I put a little green felt pad on the bottom (covers up the plastic showing through on the bottom), it really made them all look quite sharp. I would use different metallics to show heroes vs. monsters/villains.
 
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So merging all of this great advice, I still think I'd like to paint the whole minis.

Does this sound right: light spray primer, then light paint, then this Quickshade dip thing?
 
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Here's (another?) vote for the Army Painter system (http://www.thearmypainter.com/).

Buy a coloured spray primer and hit your minis with it. Add a few base colours in different areas. Then dip in the shade and let dry for a few days. If you don't like the shine, get the anti-matte varnish spray.

They have some demos of 40k and Fantasy figures, but the method applies anywhere. Simple, easy, and good looking.
 
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Definitely two to three base colors. Just one color will be boring. I like to make sure I use a metallic paint on them somewhere, assuming they have something metal to paint.
 
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Did you ever paint these? I'd love to see how a "simple" paint job worked out for you.
 
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