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[Painting Miniatures] What colour is the best colour to paint your miniatures?

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  • NechriahNechriah Registered User regular
    Purple
    Dumb question: if I’m using a spray-on basecoat (eg caliban green), do I still need to prime my minis with black/white/grey first? Or can I just spray the green straight on them?

  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    Nechriah wrote: »
    Dumb question: if I’m using a spray-on basecoat (eg caliban green), do I still need to prime my minis with black/white/grey first? Or can I just spray the green straight on them?

    You can spray the green right on and paint from there. I do the same thing with my Space Wolves with the Fang primer.

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  • VikingViking Registered User regular
    Purple
    the GW rattlecans are advertised as a combo primer/basecoat. and they work fairly well at that.
    you do not need to prime then basecoat as the can does both.

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  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    Painted another Necron Warrior. I just can't get the damn effect right on the tube in front.
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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against the Irish) Registered User regular
    A different, worse colour
    Nechriah wrote: »
    Dumb question: if I’m using a spray-on basecoat (eg caliban green), do I still need to prime my minis with black/white/grey first? Or can I just spray the green straight on them?
    Depends on how you want the final color to look. Not having the black or white basecoat underneath will affect the tone of the final color.

  • NechriahNechriah Registered User regular
    Purple
    Nechriah wrote: »
    Dumb question: if I’m using a spray-on basecoat (eg caliban green), do I still need to prime my minis with black/white/grey first? Or can I just spray the green straight on them?
    Depends on how you want the final color to look. Not having the black or white basecoat underneath will affect the tone of the final color.

    I'll be aiming for a fairly dark green, something like scheme R in this picture:
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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    Huh, R looks dark cyan to me. Do I need to adjust my color settings?

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  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    edited August 6
    I've come to a decision. I'm gonna paint my T'au in a normal way. I don't like painting and I don't have the patience for painting either. I just like playing the game. If I hadn't already primed them I'd just leave them unpainted and play that way.

    I'm gonna wash off the 24 Necrons, should be pretty quick to do since the primer and any paint on them is fresh. I don't like the gun metal silver primer at all, it looks really bad to me. I'm probably just gonna prime them chaos black, do a base of abaddon black, some necron compound dry brush and then stormhost silver over the spots I want blue and on those I'm gonna use the soulstone blue technical paint for a slight gloss look. Only reason I want to paint them is because I really don't want to not use the orange and blue tubes I bought off of ebay.

    I feel alright with this stealth suit so far.
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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against the Irish) Registered User regular
    A different, worse colour
    Nechriah wrote: »
    Dumb question: if I’m using a spray-on basecoat (eg caliban green), do I still need to prime my minis with black/white/grey first? Or can I just spray the green straight on them?
    Depends on how you want the final color to look. Not having the black or white basecoat underneath will affect the tone of the final color.

  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    Purple
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    got quite a few eldar painted now! still need to name my craftworld tho

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  • ArcticLancerArcticLancer Best served chilled. Registered User regular
    Purple
    Duuuuuude ...

    ...
    But also that's not purple. ;D

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    A different, worse colour
    Duuuuuude ...

    ...
    But also that's not purple. ;D

    It looks like all (or at least, most) of the killy bits are purple, and those are the important parts.

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    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
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  • honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    I really like how that scheme looks on your farseer.

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  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    edited August 6
    Not sure what colors to paint the T'au Fire Warriors and Pathfinders now that I've given up on the Maliwan thing.

    Also made some progress on the Stealth Battlesuit and started the other two.
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    What is the best way to practice painting minis? Just pick a few I'm not using and keep painting and cleaning them?

    Also, what can I do for brush maintenance? Some of my fairly new brushes have strands poking out and I'm not sure what is causing it.

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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    edited August 7
    Dayspring wrote: »
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    What's the figure to the Farseer's right in the first picture Dayspring posted? The one that looks like a biker-Eldar complete with mohawk and leather jacket?

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  • NorgothNorgoth Registered User regular
    Purple
    Stragint wrote: »
    Not sure what colors to paint the T'au Fire Warriors and Pathfinders now that I've given up on the Maliwan thing.

    Also made some progress on the Stealth Battlesuit and started the other two.
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    What is the best way to practice painting minis? Just pick a few I'm not using and keep painting and cleaning them?

    Also, what can I do for brush maintenance? Some of my fairly new brushes have strands poking out and I'm not sure what is causing it.

    It sounds like your getting paint in the ferrule, the metal part that connect the bristles to the handle. Paint in there will push the bristles apart at the base when it dries causing them to split. Basically just be more careful with putting paint onto the palette

  • VikingViking Registered User regular
    edited August 6
    Purple
    H3Knuckles wrote: »
    What's the figure to the Farseer's right in the first picture Dayspring posted? The one that looks like a biker-Eldar compleat with mohawk and leather jacket?
    looks like Illic Nightspear with some modifications (head swap and weapon shortening)

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    Purple
    A step-by-step list of how to improve mini painting skills:
    1. Paint minis
    2. See 1

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  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    A step-by-step list of how to improve mini painting skills:
    1. Paint minis
    2. See 1

    But like once I've painted all my minis I have no minis to practice on.

    I also found this and it makes me sad.

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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    Tron Tau! Awesome!

    If you're curious about my icon; it's an update of the early Lego Castle theme's "Black Falcons" faction.
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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Purple
    I need to get paint on plastic this week... work has been nuts again and all the half finished tyranids are making me crazy.

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  • Lord_AsmodeusLord_Asmodeus goeticSobriquet: Here is your magical cryptic riddle-tumour: I AM A TIME MACHINERegistered User regular
    Purple
    So I'm going to be picking up genestealer cult stuff, starting with the ones from the Killteam starter box. I've never been great at skin tones so I'm probably going to find one I like and stick with it to start with, probably one that matches well with my genestealers I already have, but armor wise I'm not sure what direction to go with.

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  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    Purple
    see317 wrote: »
    Duuuuuude ...

    ...
    But also that's not purple. ;D

    It looks like all (or at least, most) of the killy bits are purple, and those are the important parts.

    Believe in the purple, and the purple will reveal itself to you.
    honovere wrote: »
    I really like how that scheme looks on your farseer.

    Thanks!
    H3Knuckles wrote: »
    Dayspring wrote: »
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    What's the figure to the Farseer's right in the first picture Dayspring posted? The one that looks like a biker-Eldar complete with mohawk and leather jacket?

    Specifically, it's Illic Nightspear with a Harlequin fusion pistol barrel and the head from a DE Scourge. He's my Autarch with Fusion Gun and Warp Jump Generator (hidden under his jacket lol)

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    edited August 7
    Purple
    So I'm going to be picking up genestealer cult stuff, starting with the ones from the Killteam starter box. I've never been great at skin tones so I'm probably going to find one I like and stick with it to start with, probably one that matches well with my genestealers I already have, but armor wise I'm not sure what direction to go with.


    For the GSC included in my killteam box I'm probably doing something like one of the below examples for the cloth on their outfits (from the nighthaunts book) with the cream armor panels from the instruction manual (white/sepia). Probably using the purple genestealer skin as well, seeing as warhammer TV has a demo on how to do it and it looks cool :biggrin:

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  • Lord_AsmodeusLord_Asmodeus goeticSobriquet: Here is your magical cryptic riddle-tumour: I AM A TIME MACHINERegistered User regular
    Purple
    I was discussing it with my brother, and after I mentioned that one of the reasons I liked the Genestealer cults sort of shadow over Innsmouth/Lovecraftian sort of feel, he suggested a Cthulu/Dagon/up from the depths sort of theme that I liked the idea of a lot. Make all of their armor look like it's been dragged up from the ocean, maybe make it the color of basalt that sort of thing. Now I just need to figure out how to actually accomplish that sort of look.

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Purple
    Sounds like you're gonna need a green glaze...

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    edited August 7
    Purple
    Post pics so I can steal your idea

    How bout something like this? Super verdigris

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  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    Glued all the T'au together.

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  • MatriasMatrias Registered User regular
    edited August 7
    I finished this guy the other day. Super-out-of-print, Gamesday only model. Been hoarding it for years, forgot about it, found it at the bottom of my bits bag.
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    also, snapped some photos of Njal and my Iron Priest.
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    eff you thousand sons, magnus was wrong
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    i keep trying to get good picks of this guy but my camera is not cooperating
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  • Lord_AsmodeusLord_Asmodeus goeticSobriquet: Here is your magical cryptic riddle-tumour: I AM A TIME MACHINERegistered User regular
    Purple
    Khraul wrote: »
    Sounds like you're gonna need a green glaze...

    do you mean a gloss or a glaze, or both?

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  • MaydayMayday generation three hybrid Registered User regular
    Yeah, a gloss glaze.

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  • [Expletive deleted][Expletive deleted] The mediocre doctor NorwayRegistered User regular
    Purple
    Stragint wrote: »
    Not sure what colors to paint the T'au Fire Warriors and Pathfinders now that I've given up on the Maliwan thing.

    Also made some progress on the Stealth Battlesuit and started the other two.
    hyRelDh.jpg
    a7dFsRz.jpg
    5BkP8XA.jpg
    cTjeshY.jpg

    What is the best way to practice painting minis? Just pick a few I'm not using and keep painting and cleaning them?

    Also, what can I do for brush maintenance? Some of my fairly new brushes have strands poking out and I'm not sure what is causing it.

    @Stragint Pick the minis you want to play with/think look cool. Paint them to the best of your current ability. Continue doing this with new minis.

    In a year, you'll look back at the ones you painted now and marvel at your improvement. In two years you'll get a sudden urge to repaint or replace your "first mini".

    But the trick is to keep painting. Don't practice on one mini until you're great. Pick one mini, paint it, then pick a new one etc.

    Sic transit gloria mundi.
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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    edited August 7
    "Perfect is the enemy of great", or something like that. It's all too easy to get caught up in a death-spiral of revising your work & thereby stifling any passion or motivation you had for it. What you need to do is take what you can from what worked & didn't as a learning experience and use it on the next thing, and just keep moving forward. There was a podcast about how to make money as a webcartoonist I used to listen to* that talked about that, and it's certainly been my observation with all manner of different people posting creative hobbies online (fanfiction, illustration, music, you name it).

    *Not because I had any ambitions in that regard, I draw about as well as your average elementary school kid, but the hosts were really funny and I've always been interested in comic strips.

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  • Lord_AsmodeusLord_Asmodeus goeticSobriquet: Here is your magical cryptic riddle-tumour: I AM A TIME MACHINERegistered User regular
    Purple
    Mayday wrote: »
    Yeah, a gloss glaze.

    Alright, so glaze in a layer of gloss. I guess I'll look for a green gloss? I've only ever used clear gloss.

    If I wanted to make the armor look like chipped black paint on an oxidised metal armor is the metal layer something I'd paint after the black paint, or would I do the oxidised metal first then paint black on that?

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Purple
    If you're going for glossy AND dirty, GW has Agrax Earthshade gloss

    Haven't used it, but it sounds like it'd fit the bill.

    Also, Warhammer TV has a battle damage video... it's basically paint armor --> add battle damage, which afaik is this grey and white chips. I'd have to watch the video again.

    I'd do the battle damage then add the oxidization with that nihilakh oxide technical they have.

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  • Lord_AsmodeusLord_Asmodeus goeticSobriquet: Here is your magical cryptic riddle-tumour: I AM A TIME MACHINERegistered User regular
    edited August 8
    Purple
    Khraul wrote: »
    If you're going for glossy AND dirty, GW has Agrax Earthshade gloss

    Haven't used it, but it sounds like it'd fit the bill.

    Also, Warhammer TV has a battle damage video... it's basically paint armor --> add battle damage, which afaik is this grey and white chips. I'd have to watch the video again.

    I'd do the battle damage then add the oxidization with that nihilakh oxide technical they have.

    Well I'm less going for glossy and dirty with the gloss layer, and more for "glossy and recently underwater" so something with a faint blue or green tint (or both) I was potentially considering the waywatcher green or guillimun blue glaze before a clear gloss layer. I'm also debating between the Nihilakh Oxide or a vallejo verdigris glaze. Maybe just get both?

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Purple
    Man I need to paint something... been at work so much the last week.

    Off again tomorrow and I might just push off all the grown up stuff I actually have to do and paint some nids

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  • MatriasMatrias Registered User regular
    edited August 8
    H3Knuckles wrote: »
    "Perfect is the enemy of great", or something like that. It's all too easy to get caught up in a death-spiral of revising your work & thereby stifling any passion or motivation you had for it.

    While I empathize with the need to escape the revision death spiral, i would like to point out with this hobby you can actually strip a model and start over and that's actually cheaper than buying something new.

    I've been only revising old work for the last bit now, but its years after the fact with the experience to leverage and getting results that satisfy me and leave me happier and glad that I did it.

    I guess the important thing is to not kill your motivation. If you need to paint something else to want to keep painting, go paint something else. If you need to experiement more, or try something more simple, do that.

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  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    Purple
    Matrias wrote: »
    I guess the important thing is to not kill your motivation. If you need to paint something else to want to keep painting, go paint something else. If you need to experiement more, or try something more simple, do that.

    I'd just like to echo this. I've been struggling to gin up the energy to paint for months now (having an infant will do that for you), and I've just started to find my footing again by having a handful of different paint jobs going. This lets me tinker on a scheme for one job, while basecoating another, while detailing a third set, etc...

    I might actually finish something by the end of the year. Regardless, having more than one thing going lets me see progress somewhere, which is the big thing.

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Purple
    Fishing around Amazon I came across vallejo metallic medium... Has anyone ever tried that? It sounds pretty cool

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