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Priming, paint consumption, airgun? All on a cheap budget...

KatoKato Registered User regular
edited July 2012 in Critical Failures
I have started painting again and I am in no way a great painter of miniatures. I can do decent enough to go out on a battleboard, but never stand up to some of the really good work. I still enjoy doing it though, but I am really pinched for money right now and I could use some suggestions.
Priming
I enjoy priming in grey myself. Although, I forgot as to how long it can take to prime 30 or 40 miniatures by hand (been many years since I last painted any). I keep reading and watching videos about the airgun stuff. Can anyone explain that to me and make some good suggestions on a cheap option? I would love to cut down my priming time so I can actually get painting time. I keep hearing good things about Vallejo primers.
Paint Pots
I use citadel and P3 paints. Is there is a good way to pour the paint out on to a surface for mixing? I tend to find myself dumping just a little too much out there or occasionally, dump a huge amount and waste a lot of good paint. What do you use to measure the paint when you need just a tiny bit or when you are mixing something 1:1? I try to mix things, but it is really hard to just pour it out and get a good mix without wasting a ton of paint.
Drying Paint
Am I using the wrong surface to pour my paint on too? I use a paper plate as I don't have any type of canvas or paint things. My paint will dry out after say, 20 minutes. This leads to paint waste. I can mix a little water in there, but then you get paint clumps and that doesn't come out good on your minis at all. Do I just need to get used to being super careful when pouring the paint out and try not to let it dry out?

I am really pinched for money right now so even the $3.50 a pot has to be managed carefully so I am trying to get the most out of my paints. I would love to hear how some of you save your precious paint, mix the paint and use an airgun to prime.

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    edited July 2012
    1. Vallejo surface primer is outstanding and ready to go right out of the bottle. It comes in lots of different colors and can be used with a brush or with an airbrush/paint gun without needing to thin it it all. If you want to try out the airbrush thing with minimal investment buy a paint gun and a can or propellant, that will probably set you back like $30 or so. Games Workshop makes a spray gun. Reveiws are hit-or-miss but I have one and have no issues with it.

    2. Vallejo, Reaper, and Army Painter all make paints in dropper bottles. Also, empty dropper bottles can be purchased on their own (I buy empty Reaper bottles in packs of 3). It makes it much easier to conserve paint and also measure more evenly. Best of all, you can make your own mixes and keep them in a bottle so you don't have to worry about replicating it.

    3. Look into a wet palette. You can make your own for dirt cheap (google it ;-) ). It will keep your paints wet between session so none goes to waste.

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  • skarsolskarsol Registered User regular
    Sks plastic is the source Reaper bottles come from if you can spring for 50 at once for a big discount.

    why are you smelling it?
  • KatoKato Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    Wow...a wet palette. I don't know anything about painting so I would have never known what to start looking for. Thanks man. I made one for myself that first night after you posted it Keenbean. I have to admit that I am in love. Makes painting ten times easier. I will check in to getting a few droppers to use as well, but that is later when I have more spare money to spend.. I would like to make a few good mixes and store them in a bottle. Thanks guys. You have helped tremendously!

    Although, if I were to buy that GW airgun (which I was actually looking at the day before I made this post), would I need anything other than the gun and propellant? Any other items to buy to use?

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    Kato wrote: »
    Although, if I were to buy that GW airgun (which I was actually looking at the day before I made this post), would I need anything other than the gun and propellant? Any other items to buy to use?

    Nope.

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