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[Painting Miniatures] vs the unending tide of grey plastic

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  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    Echo wrote: »
    Hey painting thread, any recommendations for primer(s) to pick up for Warmachine minis, both plastic and metal? I don't really have a good spray space, so I'm wondering if an airbrush or brush-on primer would be worthwhile.

    Vallejo Surface Primer. End of discussion!

    It can be both airbrushed and brush-on... ed... on.

    Great! I ordered a bottle. Now I need to get an airbrush. And strip the painted metal minis because the guy I bought them from went with a dark muddy metallic scheme (bleeehh). Is it even possible to strip plastic or resin?

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  • ExtreaminatusExtreaminatus Registered User regular
    Plastic or resin stripping requires Simple Green (or equivalent). Just pop 'em in there for a day, then take a stiff bristle toothbrush under warm water and the paint should mostly come right off.

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  • EchoEcho Where da waaagh at? Moderator mod
    PRO PAINTER TIP

    Don't use your own toothbrush. I always use someone else's.

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  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    Oh, perfect, I'll take a look at that.

    I have no idea what colour scheme to use for Cryx. Everything I've looked up is either muddy or gaudy.

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    Echo wrote: »
    PRO PAINTER TIP

    Don't use your own toothbrush. I always use someone else's.

    Also useful advice for cleaning toilets and the always-refreshing taint buffing.

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  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    Oh, perfect, I'll take a look at that.

    I have no idea what colour scheme to use for Cryx. Everything I've looked up is either muddy or gaudy.

    Yeah, rusted over wrecks is the usual go to for Cryx. It's tricky with Warmachine too because if you just like go, oh I'll make them red, then everyone thinks you're playing Khador or something.

  • honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
    Looking at a few models I think a Black Legion could look good on them? Black with brass/gold and silver. Yellow markings.

    A bunch of Chaos paint schemes could work with them, I think. Pre-Nurgle Death Guard for something lighter, for example.

    honovere on
  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Oh, perfect, I'll take a look at that.

    I have no idea what colour scheme to use for Cryx. Everything I've looked up is either muddy or gaudy.

    Yeah, rusted over wrecks is the usual go to for Cryx. It's tricky with Warmachine too because if you just like go, oh I'll make them red, then everyone thinks you're playing Khador or something.

    part of the issue is that Cryx have that kind of typical evil armour architecture - lots of flanges, sharp points with curves, spikes, etc. With the bigger flat panels of armour in other factions almost any colour can look suitable, but many colours I would enjoy painting (e.g. orange) look pretty weird on that kind of armour

    I hate using metallics, for the most part, so I might do a medium grey for most of the armour plates (with edging and blending if I can get back in shape to make it more visually interesting) and then orange fading to red for weapons, claws, horns, necrovents, etc. I'd need a third colour, though, probably.

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  • see317see317 Taco Count 2017: 61 Registered User regular
    It's been a while since I looked them up, but my favorite Cryx color scheme from the PP forums used grey, blue and bubblegum pink. It sounds awful but they really look cool.

    Probably a bit too high on the "gaudy" scale for what you're looking for though.
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  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    I was actually considering that scheme, because it's delightful! But I'm not sure I could pull it off. A wacky scheme like that only works if it's executed really well, I find.

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  • ExtreaminatusExtreaminatus Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
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    Painted an Ironjawz Megaboss for a friend. I think it turned out pretty okay.

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  • BurnageBurnage Registered User regular
    Plastic or resin stripping requires Simple Green (or equivalent). Just pop 'em in there for a day, then take a stiff bristle toothbrush under warm water and the paint should mostly come right off.

    Does Simple Green not melt resin models? I've tried to strip a few using some similar products and they get a bit... limp.

  • ExtreaminatusExtreaminatus Registered User regular
    Simple Green shouldn't melt resin models. At least, not when I've used it.

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    It can soften them. It depends on the resin.

    Resin is a fickle beast.

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  • MaydayMayday generation three hybrid Registered User regular
    I've had absolutely no problems stripping resin with Isopropyl alcohol.

  • Custom SpecialCustom Special Registered User regular
    P3 paints into airbrush, do I need to use some kind of airbrush medium to thin them down? Or just water?

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  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose 83 Blue Ridge Protects the Holy Registered User regular
    Need? Not really. As I recall, P3 are pretty liquid anyway… that said though, I would hesitate to go more than about 1/3 water and would use distilled water if possible.
    Whatever you do though, water will change the properties of the paint more than a medium will so test it beforehand.

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  • EchoEcho Where da waaagh at? Moderator mod
    Yeah, some paints work better with thinner/medium, others work better with water. Try and see what fits you best.

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  • MaydayMayday generation three hybrid Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
    What nozzle size do you have? I'd generally recommend the medium just for the improved flow and matting (helps get an even coverage) but you might also need the retarding function of it.
    I personally haven't had a very good time withe airbrushing P3, but I don't much like them in general due to their finish - and I know I'm in the minority about that.

    To be honest, my vallejo airbrush medium doesn't do a good enough retarding job with my .2 nozzle, I need to add more retarder to the mix.

    Mayday on
  • JJ Rabbit GangmemberRegistered User regular
    I cut mine with screenwash.

  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    Finished my Red Lancer err... lances.

    First time painting anything in around 15 years or so, it was a good learning experience. Mixed feelings about the overall results but it gave me a lot to work on going forward. Mostly my wash wasn't dark enough and my highlights weren't light enough. When working at such a small scale I really need to exaggerate things. Once I put my first clear coat on I feel like everything really got flattened down in terms of contrast too. Pretty happy with how the waterslide transfers went. Not very impressed with testors dullcote. Put on two thin coats of it after everything else, leaving plenty of time to dry between the coats and the models are still pretty shiny from the gloss coat.
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    Close up of a few:
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  • Custom SpecialCustom Special Registered User regular
    .3 needle on my cheapo airbrush. Might just try thinning my P3 a smidge with filtered water and see how it goes for a base coat.

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  • KneelKneel Registered User regular
    RE stripping paint: the only time I've ever experienced resin softening is with cheap and nasty recasts from China, specifically the brittle yellow resin, and even then only when it's been left for more than a day.

    Every other kind has been absolutely fine.

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  • EchoEcho Where da waaagh at? Moderator mod
    Oh hey look who I spotted over at GW.

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    They must really be hurting for photos if they're putting that shit up.

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  • AsherAsher Registered User regular
    There are no Ravens on this page! Time for Ravens! (I'm nearly done I promise)
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    Devastator Centurions. Probably the least Raven Guard-y unit in the army, but they're so cool! I hated them to start with, but leaving off the outer armour plates really changed them for me. Also they have so many nooks and crannies that the weathering powder just loves.

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    Mah boyzz!

    I'm totally finishing off a Seeker Squad and Kaedes Nex at the moment which will take me to 109? Models painted.

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  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    Hm, got a painting question when it comes to my plan for my Word Bearers.

    I want to do them up with a glossy metallic red, like the thousand sons that were linked earlier but darker, so coats of metallic bronze and then clear red tamiya glossy paint over that.

    Looking at the Calth box it comes with a lot of transfers for the Word Bearers, lots of fine fonts, geometric symbols, etc. As can be seen on this marines forearm armor:
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    Anyone got experience with putting transfers over glossy, metallic armor? I'm having a hard time deciding if it will look good or look terrible, and would rather not muck up one of these models via blind experimentation. (They are such nice models, it is really great to be working with GW plastic again after doing work with the Battletech box.)

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  • ExtreaminatusExtreaminatus Registered User regular
    edited November 2016
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Hm, got a painting question when it comes to my plan for my Word Bearers.

    I want to do them up with a glossy metallic red, like the thousand sons that were linked earlier but darker, so coats of metallic bronze and then clear red tamiya glossy paint over that.

    Looking at the Calth box it comes with a lot of transfers for the Word Bearers, lots of fine fonts, geometric symbols, etc. As can be seen on this marines forearm armor:
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    Anyone got experience with putting transfers over glossy, metallic armor? I'm having a hard time deciding if it will look good or look terrible, and would rather not muck up one of these models via blind experimentation. (They are such nice models, it is really great to be working with GW plastic again after doing work with the Battletech box.)

    The writing on that dudes forearm is freehand stuff. But I did a whole Word Bearers army is the Forgeworld metallic red and other decals went on just fine.

    edit: Asher, how did you do the weathering on those Raven Guard?

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  • AsherAsher Registered User regular
    Lazily!

    The whole process if born of laziness and so is pretty quick.
    1: Prime black
    2: Spray mostly Vallejo Modelair Panzer Dark Grey zenithally to leave black in shadows
    3: Apply highlights to raised areas with Vallejo model air pale blue grey
    4: Sponge edges and raised surfaces that would suffer chipping with black.

    At this point some explanation. The grey is dark enough that the eye reads it as black, but sponging on real black still gives a noticeable chipping effect.

    5: Sponge edges etc with boltgun metal or equivalent.
    7: Paint the rest of the model I guess?
    8: Just fuck it up with weathering powder I mean seriously go nuts. Get a bit on a shitty brush and just jam it into recesses and mush it about . Don't seal it immediately. You want some to rub off through normal handling to leave it in the recesses.

    You can also add scratches and larger chips with a brush I guess but I am too lazy for that.

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  • MaydayMayday generation three hybrid Registered User regular
    Wait, you mean the pigments on those Ravens are sealed?? With what?

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  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose 83 Blue Ridge Protects the Holy Registered User regular
    Uh? Doesn't everyone seal their weathering powders? Like how would you play with the minis otherwise?

    (I use the trick the Forge World studio guy showed me at a Games Day: well watered matte varnish. Apply it dropwise in small amounts to the edge of where the pigment is and let capillary action take it into the bulk of the powder to minimise shifting. It dries about half a shade darker than the base pigment, so take that into account)

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  • MaydayMayday generation three hybrid Registered User regular
    Oh it's just that usually they completely disappear for me under any form of varnish.

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  • MagoMago SwedenRegistered User regular
    edited November 2016
    I have had some success with a pretty careful coat of matte varnish, via the airbrush.

    Edit: I'm now sure how good it will stand up though, as I haven't really gamed with the models...

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  • EchoEcho Where da waaagh at? Moderator mod
    So now that it looks like I'm doomed to get some Ironjawz, I'm considering how to make that slightly orange-yellow armor of theirs - I want the base to be that tone, not just the shadows.

    Might experiment with that new GW tint set.

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  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose 83 Blue Ridge Protects the Holy Registered User regular
    Warhammer TV guy has a video about them. Quite interesting. The demonstration is how to get Alpha Legion metallic blue in one pot, as modelled by Alpharius.

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  • honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    Mr_Rose wrote: »
    Uh? Doesn't everyone seal their weathering powders? Like how would you play with the minis otherwise?

    (I use the trick the Forge World studio guy showed me at a Games Day: well watered matte varnish. Apply it dropwise in small amounts to the edge of where the pigment is and let capillary action take it into the bulk of the powder to minimise shifting. It dries about half a shade darker than the base pigment, so take that into account)

    Maybe it's the particular pigment I tried so far, MIG european earth, a very light brown, but whatever I used to fix the pigment made 90% dissapear and the rest turned into a mud brown several shades darker than before.

  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    More model kit than miniatures, but has anyone had experience doing the panel lines on Gundam models?

    I've been super interested in getting some for ages and a secret santa elsewhere got me one. I know they do those markers but the results seem a bit inconsistent from the pictures, so was wondering if a watered down black acrylic or wash over a topcoated layer would get better results.

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  • honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    More model kit than miniatures, but has anyone had experience doing the panel lines on Gundam models?

    I've been super interested in getting some for ages and a secret santa elsewhere got me one. I know they do those markers but the results seem a bit inconsistent from the pictures, so was wondering if a watered down black acrylic or wash over a topcoated layer would get better results.

    I'm not that familiar with Gundams but an oil wash over a gloss coat is probably the best way to achieve good panel lining on a model as long as there are at least shallow contures. Also the easiest to correct if you gat paint where it isn't supposed to go. Depending on the base colour I'd use black or something like payne's grey.

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  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose 83 Blue Ridge Protects the Holy Registered User regular
    honovere wrote: »
    More model kit than miniatures, but has anyone had experience doing the panel lines on Gundam models?

    I've been super interested in getting some for ages and a secret santa elsewhere got me one. I know they do those markers but the results seem a bit inconsistent from the pictures, so was wondering if a watered down black acrylic or wash over a topcoated layer would get better results.

    I'm not that familiar with Gundams but an oil wash over a gloss coat is probably the best way to achieve good panel lining on a model as long as there are at least shallow contures. Also the easiest to correct if you gat paint where it isn't supposed to go. Depending on the base colour I'd use black or something like payne's grey.

    Yeah, if the panel lines are recessed even a little on the model, this is the way to go. Plus you can achieve bunches of other neat effects with oil washes too, like thermal discolouration of metal parts.
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    Mr_Rose wrote: »
    Uh? Doesn't everyone seal their weathering powders? Like how would you play with the minis otherwise?

    (I use the trick the Forge World studio guy showed me at a Games Day: well watered matte varnish. Apply it dropwise in small amounts to the edge of where the pigment is and let capillary action take it into the bulk of the powder to minimise shifting. It dries about half a shade darker than the base pigment, so take that into account)

    Maybe it's the particular pigment I tried so far, MIG european earth, a very light brown, but whatever I used to fix the pigment made 90% dissapear and the rest turned into a mud brown several shades darker than before.

    It could be that maybe grain size is a factor? I have zero experience with MIG though so I can't be sure; I use Vallejo and/or Forge World's own when I pigment stuff.

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