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First attempt at painting ever, be gentle, help welcome.

First attempt at painting ever, be gentle, help welcome.

MEME_RAIDER

Prime the models with spray paint undercoat before you paint them. It helps paint adhere and gives better coverage. I can tell that you didn’t do this because I see unpainted grey plastic. Always make sure you thin your paints with water to the consistency of milk. It’s tempting to use thicker coats, especially with lighter pigment paints that don’t cover well, but 2 or 3 very thin coats is much better than one thick coat. The paint on the drone, for example, is way too thick. I can see visible brush strokes which you wouldn’t get if you simply used 2 or 3 coats of milk consistency paint. I know you’re new but there are plenty of small mistakes where you haven’t ‘stayed within the lines’. The key to being a better painter is practice and not tolerating your own mistakes. The first skill you need to master is neat, even colouring in. I advise using a fine brush to try to correct the mistakes. Be ruthless and take your time. After you’ve mastered getting the block colours neat, even and with no visible brush strokes then look up YouTube tutorials on how to shade and highlight. These are essential techniques and will drastically improve the look of any model. Don’t be intimidated, a lot of the techniques are relatively simple but give great results. I see you’re doing sub assembly painting where you’re painting piece by piece before assembling. I recommend only doing this for larger models. If you insist on doing it for infantry then first assemble the head, body and legs before painting and paint the arms separately. You may think that the more you paint each part separately the easier it will be, but actually painting each tiny individual piece is counterproductive and way too fiddly and unnecessary. Finally you haven’t even tried to do anything with the bases. A model isn’t finished until it’s based. There are loads of YouTube tutorials out there. GW do texture paints which are an easy way to get effects like mud or concrete, or you can stick on very fine modelling sand with PVA and paint it.


BrokenEyebrow

I went with sub assembly because of how close the gun is to the chest. Ill try putting the head and legs on my next set. I was having trouble holding the bodies anyways. I have 2 and 3 brushes and was trying the tip of the 2 for the detailing, but my hands are not used to keeping paint in lines.. First time painting. The milk consistency is good, I didn't get that from the videos I watched. I didn't plan on doing these bases as I'm thinking of either printing or getting some nice ones. If I want to use them before I get better bases I was thinking of hot glue as it's easy enough to get off. Thank you though.


Marconius6

I don't know much about hot glue, but I'd check to make sure it doesn't melt plastic. Personally I'd recommend either a small dot of superglue (or PVA glue even, for small models), or just poster putty.


MEME_RAIDER

Sub assembly isn’t really worth it for infantry models because they’re small and what you can’t reach with a brush you can’t see. I would 100% do a sub assembly for something like a tank to make it easier to get under the turret, for example. If you’re having trouble holding a model, blue tack the base to something like a paint pot or a wine cork to give you something easier to grip. If your hands are shaking when painting then put both elbows on the table, this will keep them steady. Hot glue will 100% melt the plastic. If you do want to create a non-permanent bond then Instead use a TINY amount of superglue which will make it easy to snap the bond.


Tadams_93

I was about to comment the milk consistency tip then I saw your name! Keep spreading the good word haha


BrokenEyebrow

Oh also, the video I watched didn't do multiple coats. So I'll be trying thinner paint with more coats.


Marconius6

Most videos tend to cut past those parts. Watching a dude paint an area in red twice wouldn't be super interesting content.


BrokenEyebrow

It was a beginner's guide! Lol. Oh well. Mistakes will be fixed.


BrokenEyebrow

Just looking for tips before painting my other six soldiers. Also I haven't mixed the blue lighter yet so no skin color, I'll do that all at once. Planning on going back in and detailing with red to add the war paint.


Chaotic_HarmonyMech

For yellow, try painting pink first. It’ll help it go on nice and solid without having to do a stupid amount of work. Also, what the other comment said is all very important!


BrokenEyebrow

I got a starter box of paint, so no pink. I'm not a super fan of yellow (unless it's fine detailing) but it's fine for my first figs. Ill remember that though.


Chaotic_HarmonyMech

Well assuming you have red and white, you can make your own! And yeah, I avoid yellow personally. More of a fan of blue myself


BrokenEyebrow

I'm already mixing the blue down for the skin, didn't want to mess up some how and have the Blues be too close together. Went with safe on first ones.


Marconius6

Thin your paints and apply in multiple coats. Especially white is a pain in the ass to make not streaky, so you may need to go over areas quite a few times. It helps if you spray minis white, if you know there's going to be a lot of light colors.


snipaxkillo

u/MEME_RAIDER said it all. Listen to him!


Scrimbim_wh

Start using wet pallette, you can make your own easily, it's just a sponge and some parchment paper, a lot of tutorials online how to make one. It helps much more than you would think


BrokenEyebrow

I got the rest of the team painted up with the milky paint in layers and they all look allot better. This subreddit seems to gate keep on black bases so I'm waiting to post till I get the nice ones in... My friend said a wet pallette also when I asked how to keep the paints good over night. I was using a damp paper towel and cling wrap to cover between paintings.


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