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#37627
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hello Swanton,

Welcome!

I can try to explain Dry Brushing for you: As an example, how to paint Basic brownish Fur:
First you want to paint the area with a really washy dark brown color, let it competely dry out. You want it to be washy so that the paint gets into all the nooks and cranies...you may even need to stab the area with the tip of your brush to get the paint into all the nooks and crannies and to get some air bubbles out as well...once you are sure the area has been completely painted with dark brown in all the nooks and crannies and is completely dry you are then ready for the "dry brushing" mix up some lighter color paint, in this case a lighter brown, and make sure it is NOT too liquidy, I would say average consistency, then rub the paint off your brush on a cloth or towel till it seems to be almost gone, the brush will be sort of "dry" then take the dry brush and rub it on the furry area, back and forth many times, and you will see that the high points of the fur will actually take this "dry" paint, while the recesses, will not. Because the paint is dry it will not seep into the cracks, and so, you now have the proper effect of dark brown in the deep places of the fur and lighter brown on the tips of the fur. This method can be used for just about any part of your sculpture to make the sculpting stand out, just use different colors for different materials...you can even do the face that way: a dark tanned washy color, and then a lighter fair skinned color in dry brush...afterwards you can go back and carefully paint in some details in the normal way....hope that helps:)
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#37628
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
for a better effect you can then mix up some more lighter paint than before and go for a second
time drybrushing, some people repeat this process for about 5 times.

as stefan said, a quite easy way to do fur, stone textures, metal textures an so on.

Have fun painting.
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How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
For example, you can do a skeleton with either dry-brush, or wet brush (also called ink wash)

For dry brush, you paint the skeleton in a dark color, and use the dry brush technique to higilight it in yellow or white.

In wet brush, you paint the skeleton white, and then use a very diluted dark color that will sink into the crack.


After a while, you will use a mix of both technique.
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#37630
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Swanton

I agree with what all the others here have said. Good brushes (some with a good tip), drybrush and inkwash are among the top issues to look out for.
When I restarted painting approx. 3 years ago I felt that the GamesWorkshop book - How to paint miniatures - was pretty useful. You can get all the same advice for free on the internet - but it tends to be scattered and you sometimes hear different advice, etc.

Thod

Edit: Google for 'how to paint miniatures GW' and the top hit is an on-line version.
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#37631
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
You should also beware that dry brushing eventually destroys your brushes....don't use your best brushes for the drybrushing...or at least not the ones you are going to keep for painting thin details like eyes and straps, etc....I do recommend though that you invest in a couple good sable brushes, buy them in an art store, not a hobby shop. You want watercolor brushes. They don't need to be so thin, just make sure they have good tips...most of my miniature painting is done with a brush about 1/8" at it's base. If you try to save money and get cheap brushes you will make it harder on yourself and it won't be enjoyable...bad brushes will lose a lot of hairs and won't spring back to nice pointy tips....
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How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Depending on your eyesight and your tolerance, you might pick up a pair of reading glasses from the pharmacy for detail work with fine brushes. I recommed at least +2.00

However, if you are prone to visually-induced effects (headaches from too much time at a computer screen, nausea from jumpy camera-work like Blair Witch or Cloverfield, that sort of thing) you probably want to skip them. I like the ones that sit low on the nose (granny glasses) because I can look over them for stuff that's out of magnification range.
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How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
As far brushes, I was going to start with these:

W/N SERIES 7 KOLNSKY/SZ 2

W/N SERIES 7 KOLNSKY/SZ 1

W/N SERIES 7 KOLNSKY/SZ 0

W/N SERIES 7 KOLNSKY/SZ 3/0

BRUSH CLEANER/2.5 OZ CAKE


Missing anything? I like the Reaper Master Paints I was using in the class but they are expensive. I worry about buying those right out the gate.
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#37634
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hi Swanton -

You're in luck ... I just saw this posted at TableTop Gaming News :

Rafm is having a 35% off sale on Reaper Master Paint Stock !!!

www.tabletopgamingnews.com/2010/02/09/33505
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How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Is buying a whole bunch of them individually cheaper than getting the 1st Set through Reaper?

Thank you for the lead! I might follow through on that if it's the best option.
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#37636
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
That's not a well-parsed question. "A whole bunch" is not a mathematically valid expression.

Multiply the individual price by 0.65, then divide the cost of the 1st Set by the result. That's how many individual paints you can buy (at discount) before you go over the cost of the 1st Set.
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#37637
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
I can't figure out if you are being sarcastic or not. One way or the other, it's rare to read or hear that something "is not a mathematically valid expression."

I did a bit more research and found the Reaper Master Paints Set 1 on sale for $210 last night. It comes with 108 paints and the case, which is a much better deal than buying individual paints for $2.50 (108x$2.50=$270).

My concern is that I'm just starting out on this hobby so I might get into it for a few weeks and then decide to move on to something else. I may buy a figure or two and four or five colors and play around a bit before splurging for a ton of paint. All of the advice so far has been VERY helpful. Thank you.
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#37638
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Something I did when I was painting was to purposely select fairly simple figures. I would write down all of the features on the miniature and pre-select a color for each, then go out and buy just those colors.


For example, I bought a were-rat holding a sword.

bare skin - flesh tone (ears, nose, hands, feet, tail)
fur - white (I decided to make him kind of semi-albino)
eyes - red
inside of mouth - pink (which you can mix with white and red)
teeth - white
sword - copper and silver (hilt and blade)
base - grey

Throw in a bottle of black and a bottle or two of thinner, and you only need to buy seven bottles of paint and one or two of thinner. If you want to do inkwash, I'd pick up a bottle of brown or use the grey.


That's roughly $25.00 for paint for a first miniature.
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