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

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  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I recently bought Total Warhammer 2 and of course I fell down the rabbit hole of looking at cool miniatures and thinking maybe I would try my hand at painting some again. I've stopped and started mini painting so many times, I can't do it again. But these things are so cool.

    The fact that Age of Sigmar lore is confusing and weird as hell is helping me keep some distance. A lot of the new miniatures are really cool, but some of the AoS hews a little too close to 40K for my liking.

    Must resist... but all the "Start Collecting!" box sets seem like great value!

    Age of Sigmar is getting it’s 2nd edition next month so you could be getting in on the ground floor with everyone else...

    Just saying

    I saw that! But I also look at the Stormcast Eternals and I’m like “wut are space marines doin in my fantasy?”

    (A lot of the stormcast minis look sweet).

    Yeah, not space marines aren’t really doing it for me either.

    That said there are a grip of cool AoS factions like sea people, steam punk sky dwarves, super cool ghosts, etc

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Purple
    I wish 40k orks looked as good as the AOS orks starter box.

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  • KetBraKetBra FISTS OF JUSTICE! Registered User regular
    A different, worse colour
    Painting some more dudes. I did a guy with a face! He didn't turn out horrible!

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  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    Speaking of AoS and cool armies, I was originally gonna do Skaven cause I thought they looked cool but then I saw one of the sea people riding a shark and that was it. Deepkin are gonna be fun to paint.

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  • NorgothNorgoth Registered User regular
    edited May 26
    Purple
    Only in death does duty end

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    WIP Armour is done, need to finish the arms and picking out details.

    Norgoth on
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  • SchadenfreudeSchadenfreude Mean Mister Mustard Registered User regular
    A different, worse colour
    Spent the day painting four Gibbering Mouthers for my upcoming D&D game... So many eyes!

    Just need to finish off the teeth on two of them, but good golly I used a lot of pink paint today.

    Contemplate this on the Tree of Woe
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  • FroThulhuFroThulhu Registered User regular
    Hello, fronds!

    So, I have never had anything but trouble with the, like... Vent pipes on the backs of my large Tyranids models. Same with the giantass seams on their backs.

    Toward the goal of sealing the huge gaps in those, should I maybe use a gel-consistency super glue?

    Since they're plastic, would super glue even be good enough? Will it take an obnoxiously long time to cure?

    Thoughts?

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  • BadablackBadablack Registered User regular
    Use plastic glue instead. It will melt the pieces together, and reduce the amount of gappage. For bigger gaps, brush a little plastic glue on the piece, and as it melts and becomes malleable push everything together. Sand smooth when it dries hard.

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  • FroThulhuFroThulhu Registered User regular
    Hmmm...

    Brushing it on sounds dicey. I use an extra-thick formula from a company called Bob's, I think.

    Might be HobbyCo? It's actually got my FLGS's logo on it, so I don't know who makes it.

    Anyway, I've been using it for almost twenty years. It's cyanoacrylate, it's got a plastic nozzle, and it doesn't come with a brush.

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  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    Pretty sure the acetone a d isopropyl alcohol undid the glue on the models. What a pain.

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  • BrainleechBrainleech Registered User regular
    Badablack wrote: »
    If you’re using GW paints, try Jokaero Orange, it’s supposed to be a base, ie more pigment so fewer coats needed.

    I want to paint my ad mech Ryza but knowing orange is hard to pull off is why i am practicing

  • NorgothNorgoth Registered User regular
    Purple
    FroThulhu wrote: »
    Hmmm...

    Brushing it on sounds dicey. I use an extra-thick formula from a company called Bob's, I think.

    Might be HobbyCo? It's actually got my FLGS's logo on it, so I don't know who makes it.

    Anyway, I've been using it for almost twenty years. It's cyanoacrylate, it's got a plastic nozzle, and it doesn't come with a brush.

    He means some plastic glues has a brush applicator.

    Honestly unless you should really always be using plastic glue with plastic models. It literally welds the parts together, it’s much faster, easier and more resilient joins than superglue.

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  • BadablackBadablack Registered User regular
    There’s certain things I’ll use superglue over plastic glue for, but for the most part yeah plastic glue beats it at everything except fast bonds, which is usually for the best since it gives you time to arrange limbs and poses before it hardens.

    If it’s something I know I’m going to be popping off later, ie a model on a temporary base, I’ll go superglue. Also on obnoxious models where you’ve got 2 separate limbs holding a gun and it’s a juggling act getting it to stay, I’ll pop one arm on with plastic glue and the other with super just for a sturdy frame to let it dry.

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  • GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII Registered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I recently bought Total Warhammer 2 and of course I fell down the rabbit hole of looking at cool miniatures and thinking maybe I would try my hand at painting some again. I've stopped and started mini painting so many times, I can't do it again. But these things are so cool.

    The fact that Age of Sigmar lore is confusing and weird as hell is helping me keep some distance. A lot of the new miniatures are really cool, but some of the AoS hews a little too close to 40K for my liking.

    Must resist... but all the "Start Collecting!" box sets seem like great value!

    Age of Sigmar is getting it’s 2nd edition next month so you could be getting in on the ground floor with everyone else...

    Just saying

    I saw that! But I also look at the Stormcast Eternals and I’m like “wut are space marines doin in my fantasy?”

    (A lot of the stormcast minis look sweet).

    Yeah, not space marines aren’t really doing it for me either.

    That said there are a grip of cool AoS factions like sea people, steam punk sky dwarves, super cool ghosts, etc

    Back when I played fantasy (over 15 years ago now. yikes!) I wanted to put together a lizard man army. Now they're these crazy teleporting star demons with dinosaurs and that's pretty weird but sounds ok to me.

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  • bobAkirafettbobAkirafett Registered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I recently bought Total Warhammer 2 and of course I fell down the rabbit hole of looking at cool miniatures and thinking maybe I would try my hand at painting some again. I've stopped and started mini painting so many times, I can't do it again. But these things are so cool.

    The fact that Age of Sigmar lore is confusing and weird as hell is helping me keep some distance. A lot of the new miniatures are really cool, but some of the AoS hews a little too close to 40K for my liking.

    Must resist... but all the "Start Collecting!" box sets seem like great value!

    Age of Sigmar is getting it’s 2nd edition next month so you could be getting in on the ground floor with everyone else...

    Just saying

    I saw that! But I also look at the Stormcast Eternals and I’m like “wut are space marines doin in my fantasy?”

    (A lot of the stormcast minis look sweet).

    Yeah, not space marines aren’t really doing it for me either.

    That said there are a grip of cool AoS factions like sea people, steam punk sky dwarves, super cool ghosts, etc

    Back when I played fantasy (over 15 years ago now. yikes!) I wanted to put together a lizard man army. Now they're these crazy teleporting star demons with dinosaurs and that's pretty weird but sounds ok to me.

    I was last into Fantasy before Undead split up into Vampire Counts and much later Tomb Kings. And sky dwarfs seems antithetical to me. :( I honestly do not know how if there's anything to connect to old fantasy for me. Guess I'll find out depending on which models are in the new starter set.

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  • FroThulhuFroThulhu Registered User regular
    I would love to ruin my life with Undead, but the way Raise Dead works now (it doesn't... at least not like it did) is kind of a turnoff.

    I really enjoyed pretending that I was commanding the Army of Darkness.

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    "I'm arresting you for failing to check yourself. You have the right to wreck yourself."
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  • GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII Registered User regular
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I recently bought Total Warhammer 2 and of course I fell down the rabbit hole of looking at cool miniatures and thinking maybe I would try my hand at painting some again. I've stopped and started mini painting so many times, I can't do it again. But these things are so cool.

    The fact that Age of Sigmar lore is confusing and weird as hell is helping me keep some distance. A lot of the new miniatures are really cool, but some of the AoS hews a little too close to 40K for my liking.

    Must resist... but all the "Start Collecting!" box sets seem like great value!

    Age of Sigmar is getting it’s 2nd edition next month so you could be getting in on the ground floor with everyone else...

    Just saying

    I saw that! But I also look at the Stormcast Eternals and I’m like “wut are space marines doin in my fantasy?”

    (A lot of the stormcast minis look sweet).

    Yeah, not space marines aren’t really doing it for me either.

    That said there are a grip of cool AoS factions like sea people, steam punk sky dwarves, super cool ghosts, etc

    Back when I played fantasy (over 15 years ago now. yikes!) I wanted to put together a lizard man army. Now they're these crazy teleporting star demons with dinosaurs and that's pretty weird but sounds ok to me.

    I was last into Fantasy before Undead split up into Vampire Counts and much later Tomb Kings. And sky dwarfs seems antithetical to me. :( I honestly do not know how if there's anything to connect to old fantasy for me. Guess I'll find out depending on which models are in the new starter set.

    I think I'd probably feel the same way if I had been playing and collecting up through their end times event. The changes seem pretty massive, and like I said I'm not a huge fan of bringing the lore closer to 40K. I am trying to a get a handle on all the changes to the factions and army assemblage without buying into anything, to figure out if it's even something I want to pursue.

    Even if I don't it's fun to kind of observe from afar. I always enjoy looking at sweet minis with great paint jobs.

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  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    So the isopropyl alcohol and acetone are working really well on stripping the paint. They've been in for 24 hours now, haven't had a chance to brush them because I need to find a way to get the pieces out without losing liquid. Probably wont be able to do it till tomorrow night.

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  • FroThulhuFroThulhu Registered User regular
    There is something very satisfying about applying a coat of wash and seeing it just transform a model.

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Purple
    Has anyone used army painter quick shade?

    The photos I've seen make it seem too easy

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  • McGibsMcGibs TorontoRegistered User regular
    edited May 27
    A different, worse colour
    Khraul wrote: »
    Has anyone used army painter quick shade?

    The photos I've seen make it seem too easy

    I've used it for shading my vast hordes of rat mans
    chaos-ratswarm05.jpg

    A few things to know:
    IT IS NOT THE SAME AS WASH. This stuff is basically furniture varnish, and it's extremely potent smelling, and will stain anything it touches. I got some on my skin and it was there for weeks, so work outside and get some gloves and a drop-sheet.
    I'd use it only for basic line troops you have a zillion of (like rats!) and even brush-on washes would take too much cumulative time. Otherwise, regular wash should be the way to go. This isn't an alternative to using washes, it's just a way to blitz out shaded models really fast.
    When this stuff dries, it is glossy, so you'll need to mattecoat your models afterwards (kind of a pain, when this is supposed to be a timesaver). I find testors dullcoat is the only thing that works for me.
    It's also pretty thick, and you really need to shake-off (drop sheeeeet!) or wick-off excess shade, or it will get very goopy and destroy the details on your model. Depending on the model, and how it dries, it can be really bad at collecting on points like weapons or limbs and you get a big gross drip. Even getting rid of the excess, gravity can still pull enough to a point to look pretty bad (I tried to hide most of these by slathering them in blood).
    If you do the base as well, it can also collect around the rim of the base and leave a gross rubbery ring that you'll have to trim off (again, extra time and effort), and risk damaging the base.
    On the plus side, because it's varnish, it makes your models pretty much indestructible. I just throw my rats into containers to rattle around, and I've yet to see any actual paint damage.

    In short, yes. The photos you've seen make it look too easy. It's kind of a pain, really.

    McGibs on
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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    Purple
    Stragint wrote: »
    Pretty sure the acetone a d isopropyl alcohol undid the glue on the models. What a pain.

    Acetone is the go-to solvent to remove cured cyanoacrylate.

    Acetone is scary stuff in general if you ask me.

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  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    Purple
    depending on which models are in the new starter set.
    It's going to be the preisty/magicy faction of stormcast and the ghosty undead bois
    FroThulhu wrote: »
    I would love to ruin my life with Undead, but the way Raise Dead works now (it doesn't... at least not like it did) is kind of a turnoff.

    I really enjoyed pretending that I was commanding the Army of Darkness.

    Not sure the specific changes you're talking about, but rezzing with Death is super strong right now and looks to get stronger with 2.0


    On the topic of seems and plastic glue;
    When you're cleaning mold lines, shaving bits off, etc, keep all the little bits of plastic dust (make sure your desk is clean, dont want any non plastic crumbs mixing in).
    When you find an uneven join or a gap, mix some of the plastic crumbs with plastic cement and add it to your join. It'll form a liquid plastic paste and when dry it'll be solid plastic basically. Stronger and easier than greenstuff for small gaps imo.

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  • KetBraKetBra FISTS OF JUSTICE! Registered User regular
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    Since I know a lot of people are doing deathwatch right now, Imma post this:



    Mainly for the edge highlighting. I have found that stegadon scale green and thunderhawk blue highlights look really good with the silver and gold details on deatwatch

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  • BadablackBadablack Registered User regular
    I’m going lazywatch with mine. Black gloss primer, Vallejo steel, drybrush, drown it in army painter strong tone. Bam, metallic black.

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  • McGibsMcGibs TorontoRegistered User regular
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    Hoppin on that Deathwatch wagon!

    I had some giftcard scraps laying around, so I picked up the No Know Fear starterbox to dink around with some of the Primaris models (and cannibalize the deathguard bits).
    Thinking of some Primaris "Deathwatch" to go with my retro Admech.
    An Explorator fleet, traveling to strange new worlds and researching (ie: killing) the aliens there. At their onset, they were escorted by a detachment of Primaris marines, but after several long centuries of isolation, the marine's geneseed and production methods have been uh... commandeered by the fleet's eccentric Techprist Dominus.
    If Guilliman asks, they're totally not servitors, you guys.

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  • BadablackBadablack Registered User regular
    That looks great. I’ve seen bubble helmets on marines before, but the proportions work much better on Primaris Marines.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited May 28
    A different, worse colour
    Mysterio is soooo gonna sue you.

    Edit: That, or ask you for help designing his next suit. Those guys look a bit more imposing than the standard Mysterio fishbowl/cape combo.

    see317 on
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    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
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  • McGibsMcGibs TorontoRegistered User regular
    edited May 28
    A different, worse colour
    see317 wrote: »
    Mysterio is soooo gonna sue you.

    Honestly, I'm more worried about my local ISP...
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    McGibs on
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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Purple
    McGibs wrote: »
    Khraul wrote: »
    Has anyone used army painter quick shade?

    The photos I've seen make it seem too easy

    I've used it for shading my vast hordes of rat mans
    chaos-ratswarm05.jpg

    A few things to know:
    IT IS NOT THE SAME AS WASH. This stuff is basically furniture varnish, and it's extremely potent smelling, and will stain anything it touches. I got some on my skin and it was there for weeks, so work outside and get some gloves and a drop-sheet.
    I'd use it only for basic line troops you have a zillion of (like rats!) and even brush-on washes would take too much cumulative time. Otherwise, regular wash should be the way to go. This isn't an alternative to using washes, it's just a way to blitz out shaded models really fast.
    When this stuff dries, it is glossy, so you'll need to mattecoat your models afterwards (kind of a pain, when this is supposed to be a timesaver). I find testors dullcoat is the only thing that works for me.
    It's also pretty thick, and you really need to shake-off (drop sheeeeet!) or wick-off excess shade, or it will get very goopy and destroy the details on your model. Depending on the model, and how it dries, it can be really bad at collecting on points like weapons or limbs and you get a big gross drip. Even getting rid of the excess, gravity can still pull enough to a point to look pretty bad (I tried to hide most of these by slathering them in blood).
    If you do the base as well, it can also collect around the rim of the base and leave a gross rubbery ring that you'll have to trim off (again, extra time and effort), and risk damaging the base.
    On the plus side, because it's varnish, it makes your models pretty much indestructible. I just throw my rats into containers to rattle around, and I've yet to see any actual paint damage.

    In short, yes. The photos you've seen make it look too easy. It's kind of a pain, really.

    That's awesome, this is exactly the review I needed

    :heartbeat: this thread

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  • BadablackBadablack Registered User regular
    Honestly that stuff sounds perfect for tyranids. Lots of identical soul-crushing models to paint, shiny carapaces work great, and goopy puddles of slime are a feature not a bug.

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  • McGibsMcGibs TorontoRegistered User regular
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    For ga(u)nts and maybe 'stealers, I can definitely see a quickshade working alright. Basically anything you have more than 100 of, and want to spend your time actually painting interesting models.

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  • valhalla130valhalla130 13 Dark Shield Perceives the GodsRegistered User regular
    edited May 28
    Purple
    I'll probably do my DW like I did my LotD. Black primer/basecoat, drybrush SkavenDinge or whatever it's called, Nuln Oil wash, lighter grey edge highlights. Then do all the other details.

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  • FroThulhuFroThulhu Registered User regular
    Aside from the mold lines and my original primer snafu, I'm coming to find painting gaunts kind of satisfying.

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    "I'm arresting you for failing to check yourself. You have the right to wreck yourself."
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  • valhalla130valhalla130 13 Dark Shield Perceives the GodsRegistered User regular
    Purple
    I got that way about tactical marines. After painting 50 of them, its kind of a zen experience.

    FroThulhu
  • NiklasNiklas Registered User regular
    Purple
    Hi everyone,

    I haven't painted miniatures (or even held a brush) in several years, until I quite recently decided to pick up a copy of Shadespire. The miniatures in that game really inspired me, and I like how I don't have to paint a whole army. Warbands just feels a bit more manageable. So here's my Reavers.

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    Appreciate any feedback you guys might have, and really happy to be back in the hobby!

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  • ArcticLancerArcticLancer Best served chilled. Registered User regular
    Purple
    Feedback:
    Keep it up.

    Seriously, you've got a great sense of colour and know your way around a wash, so everything looks great. Anything form there is basically on you for what additional work you might want to try (more layers, directional lighting, various FX, etc).

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    Purple
    Those look rad and you should feel rad.

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  • Alistair HuttonAlistair Hutton Dr EdinburghRegistered User regular
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    I like how the everything is good.

    I have a thoughtful and infrequently updated blog about games http://whatithinkaboutwhenithinkaboutgames.wordpress.com/

    I made a game, it has penguins in it. It's pay what you like on Gumroad.

    Currently Ebaying Nothing at all but I might do in the future.
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  • LanlaornLanlaorn Registered User regular
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    Anyone have tips for blood effects, both splatter from enemies you've killed and looking like you've been wounded yourself?

    I'm painting up more of my Sisters of Battle, and I have an old Celestine I had converted to have wings but never painted before the new one came out. New Celestine is great and I'm happy with my paint job there, but I'm going to paint up Old Celestine to use after Celestine gets back up from death. So I want her to look like she's been in a hell of a fight, I've splattered some blood on her wings in a Heroes of Might and Magic 5 Seraph style and it looks great, but I think I need more.

    Blood seeping out from underneath armor? Blood dripping from her sword? I'll google for some guides in a bit, but I've seen you guys post a lot of bloody miniatures, especially McGibs lol, so I thought I'd ask here.

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