Advice on anxiety with painting models
By - Rouscelia
I used to be like this; I've painted about 150 models over 4 armies, and at first I was very disappointed when I would come to the end of a set, as my skills had improved dramatically, and the first guys I had done looked awful compared to the later ones.
Eventually I embraced this; *of course* your skills will improve and each successive model you paint will be better than the last. Celebrate the progress you make on each model, and remember that there's always more models to paint when you're done.
Thankyou for this. That is a very positive outlook. I will try maintain this mindframe.
You aren’t alone in this friend. What I would recommend is practicing on the sprue first, to really get a feel of how the paint works. I’d also recommend getting a wet palette, I got one awhile ago, and it’s been beyond useful.
Thankyou so much for your advice man. I’ll definitely try practicing on the sprue. Do you recommend a diy wet palette, or a proper one?
I'm in the same boat as you but with the 'elite' starter set (Necrons v space marines) and was told to get a basic white tile from a hardware store, exceptionally inexpensive pallette. I'm planning on painting some bits and sprues etc soon.
You can grab the army painter wet pallet for pretty cheap on Amazon
Look up some tutorials :)
I swear miniature painting is 90% technique 10% talent.
Start with a base coat on the entire model (let’s say a dark blue for ultra marines). Then add some shadows with a shade (really watered down paint can also work; for this ultra marine case a black or dark blue shade would be perfect). After the shade drys work up some layers of brighter color (like a true blue for ultra marines).
I found that using a makeup brush (blush brush I think?) as a “dry brush” is a great way of layering brighter colors.
Then go back and add the details like gold on the Aquila or whatever.
The key is practice, practice, practice! And don’t forget to water down your paints
>I swear miniature painting is 90% technique 10% talent.
Up until you start getting into higher level competition where people know all the techniques this is absolutely true.
I Drybrush a lot myself and it's all about managing water and paint levels. Actual application is essentially no skill.
I apologise for the late reply. Thankyou so much for your advice. I'm still struggling to find that sweet spot for paint thinning. Another struggle i keeping my hand steady. Fine detail is a nightmare too
I understand how you feel and felt the same way starting out. Take your time and paint when you are having fun, take a break when you are not. I find YouTube is a great source of inspiration, but keep in mind you are watching the highlights and not always seeing their mistakes. Also keep you first model in a special place, you will be amazed how much you improve on your own timeline.
The only real solution is to just do it. Will you screw up? Absolutely. Will your first one be terrible? Without a doubt. But it will be yours and with any luck you’ll always have it as a reminder of relaxation time well spent.
Embrace this and free yourself to make mistakes. It’s through those mistakes that you become better.
I work through my worries by painting leftover pieces from the sprue (assuming they exist - it differs between boxes)
I often remind myself WHY I'm painting, building, or anything hobby related... To HAVE FUN, of course. So, whenever you feel anxious, just remind yourself that nothing else matters except having fun. Paint job looks like shit but you had fun? EXCELLENT. Feeling too stressed to paint? Don't Paint. Go play a game. No one is judging you. Hobbies are supposed to be fun. Otherwise why spend money and time to stress yourself out?
Youre overthinking the process which absolutely okay.
First step is to accept your first model is not going to be your best work, view it more as a learning experience.
Watch some tutorials on YouTube, remember to thin your paints (multiple thin coats are better than a single thick coat) and practice being neat. If you make a mistake don't stress, you can easily rectify it by just getting a wet brush and wiping paint away or a bit of paper towel!
You can strip the paint off safely just paint them and if you don't like it strip them and paint again.
Paint can be removed, and be removed easily.
Jump on in, and allow yourself to make mistakes. Also for God's Sake don't judge yourself by what you see other people post! Judge yourself by the models YOU paint, and I guarantee you'll discover you are improving with every model.
Start with the Nurgle cultists. They're simpler models and due to their nature they'll look just fine with simple washes and drybrushing. This will get your confidence up and give you the skills to tackle more complex models.
The first step is to accept that your models won't look as good as the ones on the box and that they don't have to.
Second is you can always come back to them at a later date and add to them when you get better at painting and even strip the paint off and start again!
Third I write this again, they don't have to look as good as others peoples model, once you have a small army together you'll start to feel accomplishment and pride in your models.
Last of all is to give it time, you'll be amazed at what you can do in a year if you keep at it and give new techniques a try.
It's sort of something you have to accept on your own. Just understand that nobody you want to play with or share your models with will care. You will get better with time. Even starting a new kit the first will be worse. I view it as a point of pride.
For the record I recommend a DIY wrt palette.
I have a slight anxiety due to money invested and I’d like to feel the satisfaction of having a good looking army on the table. Having said that! Watch a lot of videos. There are tons of great painting videos and methods of application. What helped me out tremendously was figuring out the painting process prior to starting with any paints. And I can not overstate how important it is to keep your work area tidy and brushes clean. Brushes make my painting way easier or way harder. Also what will help you a lot is when you have your first squad done and you can’t see those small errors at all. You might at first feel they are easy to see but on the tavletop they look great.
As I'm sure you would have already been advised, make sure to paint with multiple thin coats. If you're starting out, you are gonna make mistakes. I know I did, but mistakes are really easy to fix if you've applied thin coats. Over time, as you get better, maybe think about tidying up your old models, I fixed the horrendous edge highlights on my old models and tidied up the rough edges and they look great now!
I think having the right brushes help with confidence. I moved away from Games Workshop brushes and enjoy painting more. More control over my paint. Newton and Windsor are great. Size 1 and 0 brushes are the ones you should look into getting.
Start out with simple techniques and paints on large areas, and slowly get more advanced when you feel more confident (also paint the the 'good' guys first, they are less detailed for the most part) :)
Okay, first off. You just gotta do it, and remember along as u like it its good.
NOW if you do flip up and its really not to ur liking, u can strip it or just paint over it.
But I was recently very worried about doing parts of my capes of my stormcasts and honestly I did the first one and wasn't happy but I thought to my self "its not bad and once its surrounded with multiple stormcasts it'll look sick" then I did the other 2 and all 3 now look clean but I also did do better on the 2nd and third cape. So yea its just getting yourself to do it and pushing yourself even if u are worried
I know a lot of that is counter intuitive to what u were probably wanting but thats what I've done
You are going to make mistakes, all is fixable, you will get better. At least that's my experience