If you are a potential wargamer or model maker you will no doubt have seen the incredible work done professional figure and model painters. Following the influential work of artists like John Blanche and Fraser Gray in the world of Warhammer and the use of Citadel miniatures has seen these pushed up into the realms of high art. Similarly, when it comes to model kit building a decent paint and accurate paint job can make all the difference when it comes to the finished article. How do you get that perfect finish? Here are a few pointers .
- Undercoat, undercoat, undercoat this really is one of the the most important and overlooked aspects of the paint job. Rather that just go straight in with your paints it is a essential to give the model “a bit of skin”. This is true for both plastic kits and white metal miniatures as it allows the colours to adhere much better. It doesn’t particularly matter what you use but as a rule of thumb white paint is better if you want the model to have a high detail light finish and black if you are looking for a darker tone. If you want to get several pieces done then using a spray booth can take out a lot of the work and is less time consuming. These are often used by commercial companies that need to spray paint large items or lots of items in one go and Spray Booth Filters will be included in these. You can find a wide range of spray booth filters at Dust Spares
- Applying a base layer. Decided on what you want the models main bulk colours are and getting painting after the undercoat is bone dry. The model will look pretty flat but don’t worry this will soon change when you apply the one of these techniques.
- Dry Brushing. This is a very quick and effective way of adding detail to a figure. Take and
old brush and coat it in a colour lighter than the base. Wipe off all of the paint and then briskly drag the brush across the model. The light colour will pick out the detail.
- This is more complicated. You start with a colour and work you way your way up to the target colour you want achieve added different layers each time. The easiest way to do this is have a pallet with the transition colours all laid out and added to the starting colour gently. It takes some practice.
- Ink washes. Finally dilute the paint and apply a light wash with the paint and let it sink it to the detail to emphasis it. If you want some definition lining then go with Black.
This is just the start of a wider world but give it a go and see what results you get.