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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

For me, I have a pretty specific formula that I use.  I start with the largest bits and move to the smallest bits.  I almost always save faces for the last, as I can get hung up on trying to get flesh tones right and such.  If the model is not a humanoid, then I usually just start with the largest areas first, moving into the smaller detailed areas.  But, I do the whole model at once, which is sometimes problematic. 

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

I recently came across a clear primer by army painter.  It has worked fairly well on my Bones models.  On the label of the primer it states something to the effect of spraying the area, let dry about an hour, then the model is ready for washes etc.  I decided to try this out, and its been working really well for me on the model I am painting.  It increases paint time, since I have to let the primer dry, but its been a big help when I screwed up a wash, and had to take it off.  I was able to clean up the model without damaging the previous painted area.

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup? 

I keep two cups on my desk with water in them.  I use one for thinning (if needed) and the other is my brush rinse.  Most of the time I change out the cup about every 30mins or so, of if the water gets really really dingy.  So, I guess I could change it out about 15-20 times over the course of a single model, depending on the amount of time I am spending on the model.

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

Photoshop.  I usually take a picture of the model, and use the airbrush tool to go over it with the colors I am thinking of.  I am no master by any means, and this is just a general colouration, but I like to have a visual idea of what I want to do before I put paint to model.  This helps me keep my ideas consistent as well as offers a bit of an idea of how the finished model will look.

 

So, just thought I would pose some questions for the experts/beginners and all those in between.  Thanks for reading and happy painting!

 

CAH

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

For me, I have a pretty specific formula that I use. I start with the largest bits and move to the smallest bits. I almost always save faces for the last, as I can get hung up on trying to get flesh tones right and such. If the model is not a humanoid, then I usually just start with the largest areas first, moving into the smaller detailed areas. But, I do the whole model at once, which is sometimes problematic.

I work from the most recessed areas to to uppermost places so if I get paint on areas it's not a huge deal. Most times this means faces first, but this helps me define skin tone and get the eyes done to give the mini life.

 

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

I recently came across a clear primer by army painter. It has worked fairly well on my Bones models. On the label of the primer it states something to the effect of spraying the area, let dry about an hour, then the model is ready for washes etc. I decided to try this out, and its been working really well for me on the model I am painting. It increases paint time, since I have to let the primer dry, but its been a big help when I screwed up a wash, and had to take it off. I was able to clean up the model without damaging the previous painted area.

Yes. I use brush-on sealer between layers to help with keeping transitions clean.

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup?

I keep two cups on my desk with water in them. I use one for thinning (if needed) and the other is my brush rinse. Most of the time I change out the cup about every 30mins or so, of if the water gets really really dingy. So, I guess I could change it out about 15-20 times over the course of a single model, depending on the amount of time I am spending on the model.

Soooo much water! 1 rinse jar for metallic paint. 1 for normal paint. 1 "Clean" rinse for a secondary clean between colors, one smaller jar for using to thin paints.

 

Once the Clean Rinse starts being less clear, all jars are dumped, washed, and refilled with clean water.

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

Photoshop. I usually take a picture of the model, and use the airbrush tool to go over it with the colors I am thinking of. I am no master by any means, and this is just a general colouration, but I like to have a visual idea of what I want to do before I put paint to model. This helps me keep my ideas consistent as well as offers a bit of an idea of how the finished model will look.

I don't? I look at the model as I clean it up and it usually just tells me what colors it wants to be.

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Aryanun -- what kind of brush on primer do you use?  I have been using a spray, and today it dulled the mini really bad.  I think the humidity was too high.  I would like to have something at the desk to brush on.  Im trying to push myself to being a better painter.

 

Thanks!

 

CAH

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 How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

 

 

I just pick a starting color and work from there. Sometimes I have to redo something as I dislike it later

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup?

Daily due to the cats drinking it...

 

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

Nope. Never thought of it.

 

When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

Depends on my mood and the mini.

 

Aryanun -- what kind of brush on primer do you use?  I have been using a spray, and today it dulled the mini really bad.  I think the humidity was too high.  I would like to have something at the desk to brush on.  Im trying to push myself to being a better painter.

 

Thanks!

 

CAH

Reaper sells a brush on sealer actually. I think a few other companies do as well, but I know for certain Reaper does as I have some

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

Depends on the mini. If a area will get accidentally hit a lot I paint that last, or make sure I have th paint on hand to touch it up later (wet pallete helps this)

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

Nope.

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup?

Once per mini. Having slightly "dingy" water means it holds the colrs you are using and mixing it in with the paint can give all the shadows a more "homogeneous" look. Or at least that is what the fancy painters said in my tutorial so it works well enough for me..

I have a seperate cup if I use metallics.

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

I sometimes will quikcly block out a thin layer of the colors to see if they look good or not. Otherwise I just hope they do.

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

 

I try to paint them as if they are getting dressed. Face always gets the basecoat first, so I can immediately get the eyes done, and then from there the rest of the skintones. Then, it would be something like tunic, armor, belts, boots, accessories. Work in to out, basically.

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

 

No, but I want to experiment with freehand a little bit more, so I may give this a whirl. I have just recently read about the concept.

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup? 

 

I'm a little bit weird on this, and I actually change it every time I paint. I know that some people will leave their cup there for eternity, but I can't do it.

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

 

Before I even begin painting, I usually have an idea of what primary colors I want to use on something, and I have a color wheel that I reference. If the paintjob screws up horribly, I just paint over it. I am also typically painting 1st Edition D&D monsters, so I use the Monster Manual, and try to follow the descriptions in that, even if it goes against everything I know about color theory, I want the mini to look "accurate according to the book."

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?
 
Usually I prime the mini with Titanium White thinly applied, then wash it with very thinned down Burnt Umber to make the details pop.  On Reaper Bones minis I've been priming with thinned-down Reaper Brown Liner.
 
I like to paint skin and especially faces first because otherwise the mini feels "dead" to me.  But I don't always.  After that anything goes.  Whatever seems best to paint first I paint.

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?
 
Not sure I understand the question. While I sometimes put a protective coat on part of a panel painting, especially if I have done delicate work and don't wish later layers to disturb it, I rarely use this technique on miniatures.

How often do you change your brush rinse cup?
 
Frequently.  I use a single water jar and change it before it gets manky, when I am majorly switching colors, or after every use of metallics.  I like working clean.
 
How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

Wow. That's a ... surprisingly complex question. 

 

I usually have a general idea of where I wish the mini to go, or rather, like Aryanun, the model itself suggests to me where to take it.  Sometimes I just make it up as I go along. 

 

But colors can always be adjusted and changed.  Any color can harmonize with any other color if you use the right versions of the colors, or pull them together with something else, or glaze a neutral over them.  If you want disharmony, the same techniques apply.

 

And sometimes surprises are just fun.

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

 

Not Always always, but as a general rule.Prime, than do black/dark lining around the detailed areas. When it comes to putting down color I start with skin, then hair, then work clothing from the largest bits to the smallest

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

 

I only prime once, but for sealers, I often, though not always go with a gloss sealer followed by a matte to kill the shine

 

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup? 

 

I use three cups. One for regular paint, one for metallic paint, and a clean rinse/thinning cup. When the clean rinse begins to cloud up, or gets low, I change all of them

 

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

 

A little bit of experience and I guess talent, for knowing which colours work well with each other. Also by lots of time spent looking at other peoples work and getting ideas.

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Good idea for a quiz!

 

When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

The mini generally determines this. I look for things that will be difficult to reach and paint those things first, to avoid screwing up finished work later. I also base coat the entire mini to make sure I get full coverage and again, make things easier later on (so I don't ruin finished work...I'm a sloppy painter!).

 

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

Not usually. I might start sealing more aggressively, especially on anything that might see gameplay. Sometimes I use zenithal priming, where I prime a mini black and then lightly spray white from an overhead light source.

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup? 

Only between sessions.

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

Trial and error, mostly. I've tried photoshop but find it unwieldy. I sometimes will lay out colors in my notebook to see which I like best, but that can end up consuming a lot of time.

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

Well, first is the "how far do I assemble this" step, if it's multipart. The answer is almost always "all the way", with a few rare exceptions. Pinning the legs also goes under here.

Next is some sort of primer. Brown Liner for Bones, Tamiya Fine for pewter.

Base... it depends. Usually done separately. Pins make the thing hold together even if it is a paint glued to flock bond, which is very weak. Anything with an integral base I'm not removing though, and any minis that interact significantly with their base, usually get assembled before primer.

 

Also I do faces first because they're the most fun to do, most of the time.

 

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

I don't really get why you'd layer primer...

Matte sealer over gloss for the top coat.

 

I do use both, if that's what you're asking.

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup? 

When it gets to a murky brown. Also if sediment on the bottom starts drifting up.

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

I ought to be previewing in Photoshop. Instead I just pick the main color, paint it on all the logical parts, and then move on to the next section. Often this means I end up with a section which I don't know what to color.

 

For my sculpts, well... they're usually based off full-color concept art anyways. The art works, therefore the mini works.

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

Flesh tones first. I hate doing flesh tones, so I get them out of the way. I then typically 'dress' the mini. Working from the innermost layer of clothing to the outermost.

 

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

Primers: I usually do two coats of brush-on primer, just to make sure I have enough coverage.

Sealer: I do one to two coats of gloss followed by enough coats of matte to take off the shine.

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup? 

At least daily, depending on the length of my painting session. If I go over two hours, I change the water.

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

I don't. I just make it up as I go along.

 

DMM

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I have a variety.

 

I have Reaper in white and black.

 

I have Iron Wind Metals/Partha Paints in Whites (hides from Buglips).

 

And I have a rust-like colored one zinc chrome by Polly Scale that I really love and have been using for decades. You can kinda see it here one the base of the queen and the scroll in her hand. Buuuut it's discontinued. :(

 

Brush-on sealer I use Reaper at the moment.

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

Not always, though I tend to put down a base of flesh tone, and block out the black/dark brown areas, and the large areas first. This puts some base colors down so I can set up contrasting colors properly and adjust before I get too many layers into it. I tend to do hair last.

 

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

Hmn. Primer first. Brush on sealer before or after as needed, not always. Paint. Washes. Sealer again. I'm not a person who applies sealer on parts of a figure to preserve it during later stages of painting.

 

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup? 

When it dries out, or when globs of gunk start collecting on the brush. Every couple of weeks maybe?

 

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

I line up the paint bottles in front of me and check for contrast, saturation and color value.

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

Flesh tones first. I hate doing flesh tones, so I get them out of the way. I then typically 'dress' the mini. Working from the innermost layer of clothing to the outermost.

 

Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

Primers: I usually do two coats of brush-on primer, just to make sure I have enough coverage.

Sealer: I do one to two coats of gloss followed by enough coats of matte to take off the shine.

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup?

At least daily, depending on the length of my painting session. If I go over two hours, I change the water.

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?I don't. I just make it up as I go along.

 

 

DMM

This sums my process as well.

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When you are painting a mini, do you have steps that you ALWAYS use, or does the mini you are painting determine what you are going to do?

I mix it up depending on what I am painting. But like others I paint the face first as I love faces and as it will always be a focal point I want to make sure I am happy with it before moving on. Then if there is some really hard to reach areas I will at least block those in. If I have an idea for a particular part that I am really excited about I will paint that section next (although if i were more patient I would not do this as it isn't always the best idea).


Do you layer sealers/primers when painting?

I don't layer primers, and I mainly use all black or all white, depending on the mini, color scheme and etc. I tried Zenithal priming and I wasn't fond of it, but someday I may give it another go.

I will seal parts with brush on sealer if I want to be sure to preserve what I did there. As others have mentioned this before and after freehand is applied I generally with put some brush on sealer. I also use gloss and satin sealers to give some finishing touches to minis as well after they are finished, gems usually get gloss sealer as do eyes on most critters. Satin I like for things like lips (especially females) and flowers.

 

How often do you change your brush rinse cup? 

Usually after each painting sessions unless I am using certain colors that do not play well with others. Although I keep a dropper bottle filled with distilled water nearby for thinning paints.

 

How do you determine your if your colour pallet is going to work?

Well I should never skip this step as I struggle with colors, but I often do(in which case I just wing it). Although when I am being a good painter I will print a black and white photo of my mini and plan my general color scheme out with my actual paints that way I can do multiples and choose which color scheme I like best.

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