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Hello Everyone;

   I am new to all of this, CAV and painting.  Here are my first attempts at painting.  If there is anyone who can offer suggestions at making improvements or suggestions on different color combinations, etc., I would appreciate any help.  Thank you for your time.

 

 

 

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   In this picture the two outside CAVs were done by someone else.

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   More to follow.

 

Black Cutlass rides again.

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   Well I do not know what happened here.  These two pictures dropped out and when I went to edit the post to add them, it ended up being a reply instead... computers!!!

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I will second Joshua for the great start.  Your camo schemes are nice, and they fit the models well.

 

Some shading (both upwards and downwards) would be a start, and you've got good brush control (the paint is in the right spots and the models "read" properly). 

 

Outside of this, more practice, because that's how you will determine your style.

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Great start. Something that will help is to give them a wash with a dark color to bring out all the great detail that those models have. The paint will collect in the grooves and around the raised panels. Sometimes it's better to line them by hand with a brush. Just be careful with washes because you can get pooling on all those flat spaces that if left to dry will leave dark rings.

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first of all. Welcome. it's great to see someone else with a love for heavy metal war machines around these parts. I would say you are off to a good start. that blue on blue tank in the first pic is thus far my favourite. I will second the wash suggestion. Of which there are various guides around that will explain the process better than I. The second suggestion I will give is thinner paints. May I ask what you are using for paint and primer? The paint seems a tad thick, which fills in some of the finer details and makes them hard to see.

 

If you've got any questions, ask in thetips and tricks. The folks here are all darn helpful, and just a little bit obsessed with the painting of minis and have developed a collective knowledge on things that work which will blow your mind

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first of all. Welcome. it's great to see someone else with a love for heavy metal war machines around these parts. I would say you are off to a good start. that blue on blue tank in the first pic is thus far my favourite. I will second the wash suggestion. Of which there are various guides around that will explain the process better than I. The second suggestion I will give is thinner paints. May I ask what you are using for paint and primer? The paint seems a tad thick, which fills in some of the finer details and makes them hard to see.

 

If you've got any questions, ask in thetips and tricks. The folks here are all darn helpful, and just a little bit obsessed with the painting of minis and have developed a collective knowledge on things that work which will blow your mind

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first of all. Welcome. it's great to see someone else with a love for heavy metal war machines around these parts. I would say you are off to a good start. that blue on blue tank in the first pic is thus far my favourite. I will second the wash suggestion. Of which there are various guides around that will explain the process better than I. The second suggestion I will give is thinner paints. May I ask what you are using for paint and primer? The paint seems a tad thick, which fills in some of the finer details and makes them hard to see.

 

If you've got any questions, ask in thetips and tricks. The folks here are all darn helpful, and just a little bit obsessed with the painting of minis and have developed a collective knowledge on things that work which will blow your mind

I use rustoleum primer and citadel, decoart, Americana, patio paint, and others. I am still learning about thinning the paint to the proper consistency. Thank you for your help, I am going to wait on doing washes until I am more proficient.

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You're painting a little bit thick. Keep the primer really thin, just enough to barely cover, and try to do the rest in 2 coats not 1. One way to do this is to lay down a slightly darker layer first, then do the proper base-coat colour over top. Like using a yellow-brown before a yellow. With patio paint, you need to thin the heck out of it, as it's designed to smooth over flaws, or as we miniature painters like to call them, "details" ;)

 

Also, be really careful to let each coat dry before you start a new one.

 

Sorry I missed you question on bottled washes. Here's some, and a guide to making your own - note that the make-your-own guide uses artist's inks in a wash base - you can just mix in regular miniatures paint, Reaper's "liners", and so on.

 

Scroll down to the "warpaints quickshade ink set" here: http://shop.thearmypainter.com/products.php?ProductGroupId=8

 

Here's the Secret Weapon Washes, I wouldn't buy the whole set, ask for recommendations for the colours you're using: http://www.secretweaponminiatures.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=54

 

And here's how to make "secret weapon washes" yourself: http://www.awesomepaintjob.com/index.cfm/resources.recipes

 

Reaper Liners are way, way darker than a pre-mixed wash, but might be good for making your own: http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/liner/sku-down/09722

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I believe the Warstore has their own line of "magic wash" as well.

 

Also a little more attention to brush control will help with defining the details you're trying to pick out with a different color. A quick drybrush highlight will help as well.

 

Some of the color choice make my eyes hurt, but you've got the right ideas as far as placement goes.

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