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Hi,

 

I've looked at a lot of painted minis here and on CMON for inspiration etc., and noticed that the majority of figures painted look really smooth, almost silky - whereas mine look like really dry powder (especially skin tones). How can I correct this, as I like the silky smooth look rather than the powder dry. (you can see what I mean in my CMON gallery - link in my sig)

 

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Candra

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Hi,

 

I've looked at a lot of painted minis here and on CMON for inspiration etc., and noticed that the majority of figures painted look really smooth, almost silky - whereas mine look like really dry powder (especially skin tones). How can I correct this, as I like the silky smooth look rather than the powder dry. (you can see what I mean in my CMON gallery - link in my sig)

 

Thanks,

Candra

 

In addition to fieldarchy's suggestion, if you use tap water try switching to distilled. Some tap water has too much added junk in it to play nice with paints.

 

Maya~

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Paint that is too thick, or craft paint, will cause chalkiness or "curdling", as Fieldarchy put it.

 

Regarding your CMON photos, they will look much better as .jpgs than .gifs.

 

However, Chern Ann has taken to advertising porn there, and no longer answers my email, so that site can go to hell for all I care.

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MB, even though CMON has it's flaws it is still a good site for painters to get coverage and learn from one another. If you are currently experiencing the pr0n we all are seeing on there please voice your concern, repeatedly, in the thread in general discussion. We are all concerned as it is rather icky photos up there but since I've been on there there's always been some scantily clad females in the ads. So, I don't think this is anything new.

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Hi,

 

Thanks for the replies, I agree the pictures probably don't show what I mean properly not judging from the answers, I think you get the idea. I think that my paint is thinned quite a lot, it takes two or three coats to get the mini covered, but I might try the distilled water trick and still thin down some more.

 

Also, I've started taking photos outside (when the weather allows) so hopefully they'll come out to look more natural.

 

Candra

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Also, keep an eye on temperature. If you are keeping your pallet, or whatever you put your paint out on, directly under a lamp you might be using (especially under an exposed bulb), it gums up more quickly and won't go on smooth.

 

Personally, for some minis, particularly moderns in my horror campaigns, I like the gummy look. If you cultivate it right, it can give the impression of looking through old film or other grainy medium. But you have to want to work at it to get it right, and that isn't for everybody.

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One thing to watch for is over-thinning. You want your paint to coat in 2-3 coats, but be sure that it covers smoothly when it goes on. If it's blotchy, patchy, or oily, it may be thinned too much.

 

Knowing what paint you use and what additives you put in will go a long way towards helping as well.

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One thing to watch for is over-thinning. You want your paint to coat in 2-3 coats, but be sure that it covers smoothly when it goes on. If it's blotchy, patchy, or oily, it may be thinned too much.

 

Knowing what paint you use and what additives you put in will go a long way towards helping as well.

 

 

This is exactly the problem I have had. My only chalky experience has come from times speed painting competitions, where I tend to really thin the paints down a lot.

 

I also find the city I do my competition in has a big factor on it as well. The speed paints I have done in Ann Arbor MI, aren't chalky while the ones I did in Columbus, OH are. Even though I was using Reaper Master Series both times.

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