August 30, 2018 at 1:36 am #18133DustinParticipant
Hey everyone, I recently started painting minis, and was looking for a few pointers. I have enjoyed it thus far, but have realized I spend a lot of time touching up spots where I accidentally get paint on. I was wondering I there were any tips to get better at painting tiny sections without going over the section I am painting. It is a silly question, I know, but I was wondering if you guys use really tiny brushes for that kind of detail, or if it’s an issue with how I use my brush or technique. It is not that big of a deal,but sometimes it leads to issues where I shaded an area and it isn’t as simple as just painting over the part that got painted over, because it makes the base colors off because of the shading.
Also, do you guys ever use layer paints as the main base color of something? Or should you always build up your color from a base coat?
One last question about wet pallets, do you still need to add water to thin the paints or does the wet pallet suffice for that as well?
Thanks everyone, and thanks to Peter for being a huge influence on me to start painting.August 30, 2018 at 3:47 pm #18136Universal HeadKeymaster
Hmm, it really is just having a steady hand and a small brush (00 is good for fine detail), but since my eyesight is failing, I also use a head loupe (the thing that sits on your head like a cap and has magnifying lenses). The model gets blown up to twice or more size and small detail becomes easy to see and paint. Another technique to make small details stand out is to paint them black first, then the colour you want. This leaves a thin black outline around the detail to help it visually stand out. That’s a particularly good thing to do for metal objects, like belt buckles.
There’s no difference between layer paints and base paints, that’s just Games Workshop’s naming system. Use any colour that you want as a base colour. The ones you don’t treat as normal paints are the ‘dry’ colours (for drybrushing – but just use normal paint and wipe the excess off on a paper towel), and of course things like the technical or textured paints.
I still add water to paint on a wet palette. Excess water on the paper on a wet palette should have been blotted up with paper towel, so you have a damp, but not wet, surface. They really should be called ‘damp palettes’. 🙂
So glad I’m inspiring you to get into it Dustin!August 30, 2018 at 10:40 pm #18139DustinParticipant
I figured a lot of it was just a steady hand. I don’t think I have a brush that small, I will have to pick one up. Thanks!
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