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    Quote Originally Posted by mrken View Post
    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."

    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!
    Chi-Halfling

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    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.

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    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.

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    Looking forward to the day you post examples of your work.

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    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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinipainterUS View Post
    Thanks. We do try! says the group owner.
    Looks like a good list. I just joined it. Thanks for the link!

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