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#44331
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
I am going to sit down and paint these later this month:GW Fighting Uruk-Hai

I love how these look. I think the other brands for orcs look a bit cartoony. I think I will just follow the same painting scheme so I will just pick up the GW paints for it to keep things simple.

Do you guys use plastic model glue for GW figures? My superglue melts plastic a bit. Also, do GW minis come with assembly instructions? I have found paining instructions online.
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#44335
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
What are the differences between the following paints:

1. Foundation Paint
2. Colour Paint
3. Metallic Paint

Can all three be used on plastic minis or like the Metallic paint implies only on metal minis?


Also, which glue(s) can/should be used with Plastic Minis and Metal Minis?
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#44336
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
From GW: I believe Colour Paints are for shading and highlighting. Foundation paints are for base coating, and metallic paints are for metals (armor, weapons, buckles).

I use super glue for metal miniatures but it melts plastic. I was going to try a plastic model glue (or the gw one). I use this type of paint on metals, plastic, and resin.
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#44342
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
I use loctite control gel super glue on plastic minis all the time with no problem.
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#44346
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
OK, so I won the bid for the following minis:




So now that the minis, brushes, brush cleaning solution, and Brush Soap are on their way, I still feel as though I'm missing a few items.

I have decided to setup a desk on an outside covered patio and keep all paints and materials in the drawers -- or will they get ruined by the Florida weather?
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#44348
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
I highly recommend army painter quick shades. It took my paint jobs to the next level. It is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. I tried to cheap out using the minwax polyshades method but it just does not compare.

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#44351
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
I do not recommend the Army Painter shades. Not only are they expensive, but they are also dangerous to your health because of their mixture. In addition they don't achieve better results than the washes you can get from either GW or other manufacturers.

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#44357
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
dndgamer wrote:
OK, so I won the bid for the following minis:




So now that the minis, brushes, brush cleaning solution, and Brush Soap are on their way, I still feel as though I'm missing a few items.

I have decided to setup a desk on an outside covered patio and keep all paints and materials in the drawers -- or will they get ruined by the Florida weather?


I also live in the south and I can tell you that humidity will absolutely affect the paint - especially the primer. I bought a 3 drawer plastic bin from Target and I just use that to store all of my paint supplies. I don't think storing or working on a patio is a good idea (even a covered one) because of the humidity, temperature, and dust and other floating material. The dust will stick to the figures while you are painting them. I don't have a dedicated workspace but I put out a piece of painters plastic over the table and set up a couple of desk lamps and that seems to work fine. However, when I move at the end of this year I will certainly have a hobby room.
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#44358
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
Considering the Spay Primers leave fumes and do not smell good, I do not want to spray it in the home. My alternatives are to spray-primer on the minis on the patio or find primer paint that can be applied with a brush?? Any suggestio

I can always use the kitchen table to "paint" the minis after they've been primed.
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#44360
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
biowizard wrote:
p.s. Don't buy a magnifying glass. I bought one when I started and I never used it... it's a scam in my opinion. How could you hold a mini, a brush and a magnifying glass at once? I know there are those fancy glasses that stay in position but I don't think you're yet at that painting skill that requires such minute precision.

A magnifying glass can be bought on a metal base for hands-free use. It can also be bought on a base with one or more clamps, but I've only ever seen alligator clips which might damage your miniatures.

If you are setting up an actual workbench for painting, you can buy a swing-arm lamp with flourescent lights in a circle around a large magnifying lens.

Finally, a pair of +2 or greater reading glasses from the local pharmacy or grocery store costs about $15 or $20. They work fine unless you already wear glasses.

A magnifying glass may help you paint small details like buttons and buckles, or add freehand details like patterns on cloaks or "text" on pages.

And once you reach a certain age, a magnifying glass becomes absolutely necessary for painting minis.
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#44362
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
dndgamer wrote:
Considering the Spay Primers leave fumes and do not smell good, I do not want to spray it in the home. My alternatives are to spray-primer on the minis on the patio or find primer paint that can be applied with a brush?? Any suggestio

I can always use the kitchen table to "paint" the minis after they've been primed.


Well I spray on my patio - I just don't store the paint out there. After I prime them on my patio I bring them in to dry. For priming I use a large cardboard box, I have the mini stuck onto the top of a soda bottle (with water in it) with some poster tack. This way I can rotate it as I spray. When I am done I turn the spray paint bottle upside down and spray until clear and then bring the mini and the spray paint inside.

There are brush on primers. I have two from Reaper. I mainly use them if there is a tiny spot I missed when spraying. Here in the south our mild climates don't really interfere with spraying outside and then bringing them in to work. People up North really have to worry about the primer freezing as it leaves the can and clumping up on the mini.
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#44364
Re:Need Help! Taking the PLUNGE into Painting! 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
That's good news, Jericho. Thanks.

OK, so I think I got it now: prime the minis outside and bring in to dry. Never leave any paint or primer outside since the humidity will ruin them. How about the actually minis -- can they be covered with a box and left outside overnight/during the day?

I plan to have an old computer desk on my patio and buy a swing-arm lamp with flourescent lights in a circle around a large magnifying lens to help but if painting outside will ruin the mini I will have to reconsider that idea. I just hate taking up the kitchen table and having to put everything away at the end of every night.

Anyone else been in my situation and found a solution?
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