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  1. You're in trouble. Check the Reaper Learn to Paint Kits and see if there's overlap with your current collection. Otherwise, look into the HD paint line. IMO, For beginner, the HD paint line is better, because its "one coat" coverage means you'll get your mini's painted less frustratingly. The MSP triads, however are VERY good for "handholding". Buy a triad and you'll find the right shade of color you weren't sure you were looking for. Also, consider washes, such as Secret Weapon Miniatures and The Army Painter (Quickshade Ink set). I will wash a miniature after priming, to make applying the paints easier. I am curious about the HD line, but much of what I've read has pointed to multiple coats producing a better result (or giving more control). Call me ambitious, but even though I'm a newbie, I'm challenging myself to do more than the basic base/wash/highlight to slap armies together. Do the HD paints affect the overall quality in a negative way? Do they thin nicely and preserve the model's detail? The Triads are definitely a welcome hand to hold, as I'm not yet confident enough to mix my own shadow/highlight effectively (at least not as good as the triads, since I"m guessing they use different pigment rather than just white/black, but perhaps I'll experiment with this once I complete a couple models). I just started experimenting with mixing pigments to do an orcs lips, bringing fleshy hues into the inside of the lip mixed with the olive base that I'm using for the skin. Those washes look pretty great. How do they differ from MSP thinned out into a wash? Also, what is your preferred recipe for creating a wash with MSP paint? I've been eyeballing it to make sure the wash is thinned down enough, and I tend to work with something thinner and apply multiple coats. I just picked up a medium from GW designed for pushing the pigment further into the recesses, and have tried variations of just medium, and medium plus water.
  2. Thank you for all the additional replies! With regards to paint, I was also wondering about lighting. I've been painting next to a hobby light, in very close proximity (it's got a white CFL bulb) and I find that sometimes it's really hard to pick out the highlighting I've just done. This is especially true for metallics because of how they react to the light. I find I'll over apply and have to wash down the highlight after, and probably spend more cycles on highlighting/blending because of it. Any recommendations for ideal lighting conditions while painting?
  3. Thank you everyone for the replies! It appears from those PDFs that Set 1 is comprised of the first 108 triads (with 3 bonus colours thrown in). I'm guessing Set #2 is comprised of the next 108 triads, and presumably some of the smaller sets expand on that. I've already started painting but it's getting me excited about other swatches to play with. It's less about having specifically what I want and more about having choice while I'm painting, but I don't think I'll invest in another giant set unless it expands on my set in some meaningful way (washes, inks etc.). do any of you have opinions on which of Reapers metallics are the best? It's hard to tell from the PDF how some of the other ones are different, but the way they've rendered the gradients on those swatches leads me to believe to perhaps some of the newer metallics are more reactive to light. Cheers! -Finn Serenity, I am somewhat a completionist, so yes collecting paint is as exciting as painting :) -Finn
  4. Hello all, I'm new to the forum, but have been following a few threads for painting help and inspiration. I'm currently working on painting my first two models after following a number of tutorials (Hot Lead, Forums etc.), and I'm using the Master Series Core Colors Set #1 (108 paints) which is a fantastic set and has pretty much all I need as a beginner. I've got quite a few minis that I plan to paint, and I can't help but wonder what I'm missing with some of the other MSP sets, particularly this one: https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/paint%20set/sku-down/09957 Does this effectively "complete" the entire MSP collection of colours following Set #1? Are there additional colours and sets that have been released since then? Also, generally speaking, what does this set add to Set #1 in terms palette and products? It'd be nice if there was a breakdown for each of Reaper's paint set offerings, to understand completely what they contain, what they add to your arsenal (complimenting other sets, general purpose or specific function) etc. I'd love to know what I'm missing and where else I should invest in expanding my paint collection. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Also I'll post some WIP soon (although I'm close to complete so I may just post the final result). Cheers! -Finn
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