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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2007, 08:04:12 PM »



Oh dear.....



Well painting figures is another skill I'm not blessed with then!

I'll just have to fit a bigger motor to this boat so the figures are more of a blur  :P ::)
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2007, 10:23:14 PM »

Martin   your only problem is the colours are TOO bright .
Imagine yourself wearing that bright green or blue top , its not ever gonna happen is it ?
Thats the only fault I can see , unrealistic colours  ;)

Have fun and tone it down a bit , these beggars are supposed to of been at sea for the last 60 years (looking at them) so they wont be wearing nice clean new designer gear !  ;D ;D

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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2007, 10:44:26 PM »

I would put e'm on my boat,that way I would have some of it painted,I  like you Hate Hate Hate painting. can you not just put a wash on them to tone it down a bit , because there as neat as I have seen, mine would look like Michael J Fox had painted them.
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2007, 10:52:58 PM »

.... are they a bit too ..."gay"??  ::)


I guess your right Shane, I was experimenting with various paints but obviously not very successfully. :P
Conclusions:
Not all paints are equal.
Artist paints are no good for these particular resin figures, they can be very patchy.
It appears that "Acrylics" seems to cover a whole host of paints types and not all types are sympathetic (unlike cellulose paints)
The figures were much easier to paint once undercoated.
Chose your colours carefully.
Paint light colours first and go over the edges.
Buy good brushes.
Citadel (warhammer) paints are excellent but too expensive - 2 bottle/tub.
You can't rush painting figures..... well you can and this is what you end up with!


..... and what's wrong with a bright green shirt ?!?!?!

Martin  ;D
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2007, 11:49:08 PM »

You could allways have a sound system playing " in the navy " or " Y M C A "  Or sim   HE HE

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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #30 on: April 12, 2007, 02:14:25 AM »

They look a bit to old to work in McDonalds, but you could have them pushing trolleys at tesco. ;D ;D
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2007, 06:17:03 PM »

If you changed them ALL to the orange overall, you might get sponsorship from B & Q ;D ;D

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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2007, 09:20:28 AM »

Here is my first attempt

Not sure that it has worked - particularly the scary eyes but not sure how to correct it, so has anyone any suggestions?
The shirt is perhaps a little bright and maybe the whole thing could do with a bit of a colour wash to tame it down.

Any suggestions anyone?

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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2007, 11:13:09 AM »

Little bit shiny perhaps?

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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2007, 11:41:09 AM »

It'll be getting a coat of matt finish when I'm happy its right

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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2007, 11:55:41 AM »

Hi Wombat
Tips on painting eyes are on this web site:

http://www.gaugemaster.co.uk/patpaint.html

Richard ;)
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2007, 03:36:40 PM »

If you look at a photo of a face you will see there is very little white showing, particularly at these scales.  Yours looks a bit wide eyed because there is a lot of white showing. 

I would apply a bit more of the flesh colour, very carefully from the outside edge and carefully close in the edges of the eyes until there is less white showing.  That should improve it significantly enough to make you a bit happier.  As for the rest a bit flatter and a bit of a wash in the creases will have a significant effect.
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #37 on: May 08, 2007, 02:48:36 PM »

I used to paint miniatures and found Andrea acrylic paints to be the best.  Very good coverage.  Large parts of my tug are painted using it as the colour range is very good.  Available in this country from Historex.  Historex can also supply an excellent CD by Andrea on how to paint figures faces etc.
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2007, 05:10:59 AM »

Well I modified and painted the german figures.
First attempt, not perfect but not too bad.
The Feldgendarme lost the bottom part of the great coat, but now has a leather jacket. A dirty pair of jeans and wellies.
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #39 on: June 09, 2007, 05:16:23 AM »

more detail.
I am not worried about some of the moulding for straps, as this is not visible at one meter. Well not with my eyes anyhow  ::)
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #40 on: June 09, 2007, 09:18:54 AM »

Well done. Very good
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #41 on: June 01, 2008, 07:53:59 PM »

Bunkerbarge,

I know some time has passed since this thread was last posted but i have been looking for tips on painting figures and am very impressed with yours. Hope I can do half as good a job...I have been looking at this site
http://hfmodeling.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=430&page=1

and have just started trying to use the techniques advised....Not easy as they are very presice, but i hope to get somewhere close..

His examples are superb...

Barry
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #42 on: June 01, 2008, 10:22:41 PM »

What paints (type/brand) do people recommend?
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #43 on: June 01, 2008, 10:52:37 PM »

Barry,

I had a good read through this site first:

http://www.paintingclinic.com/

 and then simplified some of his techniques!!

Have a good read through the Clinic tab, there is some very usefull stuff there.  I actually only used a base colour, a darker shade for the shadows and a lighter shade for the highlights and only basic blending.  I also deliberately did not paint the eyes.  Most figures at this scale would not actually have eyes visible anyway and those that I have seen with them painted sem to look a bit unrealistic.  Figures on ships at sea really would have thier eyes relatively closed and at 1/35th you would be very hard pressed to see them anyway.  That's my excuse for not making a mess of them anyway!!

As for paints, I used Humbrol matt enamels, although I wouldn't mind having a go with acrylics sometime.  Enamels do give you a bit more time for blending though and I suspect that with acrylics to get a similar effect you would have to use more shades to get an even transition as they dry so much quicker.
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2008, 08:39:28 AM »

Bunkerbarge,

You must have read my mind....The techniques seem very complex, fine for diaramas and the like....I will do as you did and use a base colour and a couple for highlights and shadow...We will see what happens..

Cheers,

Barry
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Re: How to paint figures?
« Reply #45 on: June 16, 2008, 11:13:21 AM »

I used cheap model acrylic Angel Brand. And thinners.

I have seen Tamiya recomended and a lot of recommendations ofr World of Warcraft stuff, but I hear it is very exspensive.
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