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Mulsiphix
02-03-2008, 11:38 PM
Anybody have any internet links, tips, otherwise miniature painting advice/feedback to offer? I myself am a miniature painting virgin :eek:. At least with something other than a... please god of miniature painting don't let me be stoned for this... other than a market *hangs head in shame*

Skunkape
02-04-2008, 10:59 AM
I've got a whole bunch of links somewhere that have tutorials with terrain making/miniature painting tips that I'll post as I get time. Here are a couple...

Terrain Monster (http://www.terrainmonster.com/)

Terra Genesis (http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/)

Tabletop Terrain (http://www.tabletop-terrain.com/)

Cool Mini or Not (http://www.coolminiornot.com/)

The last one has pictures of minis and no tutorials that I know of, but the minis are inspirational!

Mulsiphix
02-04-2008, 01:02 PM
Outstanding! I wish I could include some of the Games Workshop guides I received in lots purchased off of eBay. They are some of the most detailed guides I've come across :(

ffclubhero
02-07-2008, 10:49 AM
Games Workshop has great tutorials. Plus, their stores are filled with people who won't leave you alone, so if you give them a painting challenge, you can use their superpowers of +20 Customer Service for good.

They have good online stuff, with plenty of bright, high res pics. Once you have a few of the basics down, you'll see results right away.

tesral
02-07-2008, 01:07 PM
Games Workshop has great tutorials. Plus, their stores are filled with people who won't leave you alone, so if you give them a painting challenge, you can use their superpowers of +20 Customer Service for good.

Sigh.... I use to enjoy hanging out at the GW store, even if I don't play the games. Use to. It's gone now.

Mulsiphix
02-08-2008, 07:36 PM
When I think of GW I always think of terrain. While they're far better known for miniatures, for good and bad reasons :rolleyes:, I think they've had the terrain market cornered since they started producing guides. The best terrain I've ever seen has been in Warhammer games. Are there any other amazing miniature and terrain companies out there like GW?

Skunkape
02-11-2008, 07:40 AM
When I think of GW I always think of terrain. While they're far better known for miniatures, for good and bad reasons :rolleyes:, I think they've had the terrain market cornered since they started producing guides. The best terrain I've ever seen has been in Warhammer games. Are there any other amazing miniature and terrain companies out there like GW?

Well, while they take quite a bit more work on the individual's part, the following two companies produce products to make terrain.

Hirst Arts (http://www.hirstarts.com/)

World Works Games (http://worldworksgames.com/store/index.php?main_page=index)

I know I've posted about them before, but they do make products to make terrain with, so it kind of answers your question. Oh yeah, there's also, Woodland Scenics (http://www.woodlandscenics.com). While they're mostly a model railroad company, they do make things for building natural terrain.

Mulsiphix
02-11-2008, 09:56 AM
Model Railroad companies produce some of the highest quality and most readily available terrain I've seen. There is quite a bit at the local Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I've been tempted to buy some several times but just don't have the money to buy enough. Unfortunately it proves to be quite expensive. Damn those rich men who love their trains :(

Valdar
06-28-2008, 12:41 PM
I haven't painted minis in a while, but I was asked for some tips, and threw together this page:

http://www.worldsedge.org/painting.html

I'd be curious to know what things I've gotten right, and what things could be done better-

mrken
06-29-2008, 12:28 PM
My best tip is to buy as many minis as you can all the time. There is an old saying that goes, "One will live as long as they have minis." :lol:

Until I got married 20 years ago I would buy any mini I thought looked cool. When I got married I had several hundreds of them, most were cleaned and primed but I still had several hundred unpainted and maybe two hundred painted. Now days I only buy them when I need them for games I am running or plots that I see developing. I now have a lot more painted and even more that need paint, but I am quite sure I will still be buying more. Just last week I bought a box or GW Ronan fighter types and several female figures for a new female NPC I need to have on hand for when the party meets her. She could be pretty important in the coming weeks.

I also still have my Flames of War figures I need painted. Just last night one of the group came over to paint even though we were not going to play. (I thought we were going to give 4.0 a try but there was only the two of us and my son who was going to run it for us.)

Mead
08-15-2008, 11:44 PM
http://www.kraken-editions.com/en/artefactory/dvd/index.html
http://www.miniaturementor.com/

I've recently seen the tutorials from both of these sites, and all are worth the price. Prompted me to give my cheap craft paint to my terrain-maker buddy and invest in Reaper and GW paints.

MinipainterUS
11-30-2008, 08:20 AM
Try http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mini-painter We are 3800+ members of all skill levels, and are the oldest active painting group on the internet. We have a bunch of tutorials in our files section, and are always willing to help new painters.

mrken
11-30-2008, 11:13 AM
Been a member for years now and get a steady flow of ideas. Great place on the net.

MinipainterUS
11-30-2008, 12:21 PM
Been a member for years now and get a steady flow of ideas. Great place on the net.Thanks. We do try! :) says the group owner.

Chi
11-30-2008, 02:49 PM
Those are helpful ideas!

Chi
11-30-2008, 02:49 PM
My best tip is to buy as many minis as you can all the time. There is an old saying that goes, "One will live as long as they have minis." :lol:

Until I got married 20 years ago I would buy any mini I thought looked cool. When I got married I had several hundreds of them, most were cleaned and primed but I still had several hundred unpainted and maybe two hundred painted. Now days I only buy them when I need them for games I am running or plots that I see developing. I now have a lot more painted and even more that need paint, but I am quite sure I will still be buying more. Just last week I bought a box or GW Ronan fighter types and several female figures for a new female NPC I need to have on hand for when the party meets her. She could be pretty important in the coming weeks.

I also still have my Flames of War figures I need painted. Just last night one of the group came over to paint even though we were not going to play. (I thought we were going to give 4.0 a try but there was only the two of us and my son who was going to run it for us.)
Where do you keep them all!

mrken
02-01-2009, 08:45 AM
Many of my minis are up on the wall or the shelf over my desk, but I do have a fair number of them back in the storage room with all the primed figs yet to be painted.

a-parsons
03-25-2009, 06:00 PM
i'm a big GW goer, and i have to agree with the early posts, their staff are great for teaching you to paint/model. customer service is their big thing. and yes, their terrain is the best i've ever come across, especially the newer 40k stuff, things like the "cities of death", because they are made to be used to make dozens of different buildings, so you will never have the same one as anyone else.

however, i wouldn't advise their actual painting guides, they only teach you how to block paint things, more for the sake of colour schemes than actual painting.

but here is my quick guide to painting:

1) always undercoat. preferably in matt black, it tends to get the best results at the end, and you can see far better where you've missed bits. make sure you only undercoat lightly - a spray gun or can does it much better than by hand.

2) start with metallic colours first. build up from a dark silver or bronze, then go to light silver or gold, using the technique of "drybrushing"(google it if you don't know how to do it). If you want an odd metal, try either starting with dark blue block painted over the area, then mixing a little blue with your lowest level of metal, or use an ink wash to get a different colour.

3) after metals, paint any base colours. always go for the darkest version of the colour you own, and do two light coats over everything that needs to be that colour. get all the base colours done before highlighting anything.

4) highlight any areas that you are planning to ink wash. do these to a very light shade before ink washing, because you will lose some tone when you ink it. ink them, then re-base coat any area that the ink overlaps on to.

5) highlight other areas. be very careful not to accidentally toutch areas that you have inked, because you will have to skip back to step 3 if you do, and doing that too many times can ruin detail.

6) get a very light version of the colour of the base material (beige if it is sand, grey if it is gravel etc), and VERY lightly dust the edges of clothing with it, to make them blend slightly with the base. don't do this to metal areas, it ruins the effect.

7) if you have a very fine brush, and want to either write on the model (such as insignia on shoulder pads) or paint tiny details like eyes, get a very tiny ammont of paint on the end of the brush, then dip it into your water pot. you want to make sure that there is no bulge of paint on the brush, and that the paint is evenly spread across the bottom 2-3mm of the brush. only then can you use the brush, and make sure you wash it out very regularly during this process. this step is not afvised for painting novices, as it is VERY easy to go wrong here. you are better off just inking lightly over faces to deepen the eye sockets, and leaving shoulder pads blank.

mrken
03-25-2009, 08:58 PM
Looking forward to the day you post examples of your work.

a-parsons
03-26-2009, 09:39 AM
i'll take some photos in the next few days. i'm currently working on a wraithguard which i have converted to be a mechanicum protector, and two guard psykers. they are coming along quite nicely, so i will deffinately show them when they are finished.

also, i may write some more official painting guides, with step by step photos, but i would have to think of a model that shows off all the different styles of painting in one. maybe warhammer fantasy chaos warriors? i'll think about it...

lomifeh
11-10-2009, 09:03 PM
Thanks. We do try! :) says the group owner.

Looks like a good list. I just joined it. Thanks for the link!