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#1 Salindin Naz

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:51 PM

OK, this is my first attempt at a write-up, if this can be called a write-up, it's kinda more a tutorial, for it's a broad spectrum guide pertaining to no gun in specific, but all of them in general. That being said I'm posting this because I'm gotten several PMs asking me for tips and help and I felt that this would be a much better way to convey the steps and techniques that I employ in the paint jobs that I have done.

Alright, lets get down to business. To start yourself off you are obviously going to need paint. I suggest grabbing a can of Duplicolor vinyl dye, some Krylon Fusion, and some Formula P3 or Citadel acrylic hand paints. The former two can be found at some comic books stores but locating one that does deal in Warhammer type games can be difficult. http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ and http://www.games-wor...om/gws/home.jsp are where I get my paints from. Some paint brushes will of course help too. I recommend using synthetic brushes, the ones with the white bristles. Get a few of varying sizes and shapes. Most often I use a size 0 and a size 3 Round, a 3/8" Angle Shader, a size 6 Shader, and a size 0 and a 5/0 Liner. Alright time for some pictures and instructions.


What you will need:
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I forgot to put sand paper in that picture, and while this is not absolutely necessary if you want your paint to last it will help.
OK so what you will start out with is this:
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Remove all screws, electronics, moving parts, and any other thing that you will want to work when you put it all back together at the end.

And if you come across anything that resembles this remove promptly and dispose of accordingly.
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OK, so at this point your gun should look like this:
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Now grab that sand paper. If you want to get rid of the logos and the "Do not modify this blaster" crap start out with some #60 or #80. Just before the word are gone start moving to lighter and lighter grain paper. #100 to #150 to #220. Once it's all gone and your gun is all scratched to hell get the highest number grit you can find. #500-#600 is good #2000 is great. Go over the entirety of the surfaces to be painted with your fine grit paper. Once you are done with all this and your arm is about ready to fall off, rinse it off with water and and let it dry. You can expedite this with a towel or a hair dryer if you wish. Once dry take some paint thinner and rub the whole thing down. Let it dry, with patience this time. Now it's finally time to get some paint on that thing.
As it will tell you on your can of spray, use VERY light coats.
Like This:
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I recommend using a base coat of vinyl dye, with those very light coats until it's totally covered. Like so:
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I should tell you all now; I really suck at tapping a gun. I mean REALLY suck. I use only one color of spray paint and do the rest in hand paints, or may chose differently. Oh yeah, I hate the color selection of vinyl dye, so I always go over it with a spray of different color. At this point you probably can use any kind, but just to be safe I tend to still use the Krylon Fusion. Most of the time anyway.

OK so back to business, now your gun should look like this:
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Now it's time for the fun part; the hand paints. I should tell you guys this to as a word of advice, find a hand paint that very closely matches the base color, or else you will be very disappointed if you need to do some touching up. Anyway, start off with one of you larger brushes and staying away from the edges fill in the majority of the area to be painted. Don't dip you brushes in the paint very much at all maybe 30% tops. Rinse OFTEN, maybe not ever time you go for more paint but at the very least every third time. Make sure to clean as much off as you can in these rinse breaks, and get all the water out with a paper towel. Once you've filled in the bigger areas grab a smaller brush and do the outsides. Be careful, touching up your mistakes is a great idea, but just remember: if it was hard to paint straight the first time, it will be the second, or the third, and so on.
This is not fun to fix:
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Now once you're all done with the hand paints be sure to put a clear coat or sealer over everything. It's very disheartening to be out playing with your beautifuly painted gun and start to notice the paint chipping and scratching off.
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Now reassemble that thing and here you go a finished paint job of excellent quality.
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Now you're all done!! Congratulations!! Throw that sucker up on the mantel or just pelt some of the neighborhood kids with some foam. Hope I've help make you beautification easy and more enjoyable.

Until next time,
Salindin


**Edit** I forgot to mention that I also follow the colors around the edges of the shell to the inner parts( just the edge). I've found in the past that sometimes the two halves of the shell don't completely match up and you can sometimes get a lip where they join together, and it leaves the stock color exposed at the joint. This can ruin the look of your gun.

Edited by Salindin_Naz, 14 January 2009 - 10:41 PM.

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#2 k9turrent

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 09:58 PM

Very nice dude, both on the tutorial and the Firefly
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That's about it. And thanks Angela who helped me with these pictures.. It looks huge in her hands.


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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:01 PM

Thanks for this tutorial man! I had no idea where to get good paint either so this helps a lot. And damn sexy paint jobs.

Edited by umpshaplapa, 14 January 2009 - 10:02 PM.

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#4 Salindin Naz

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:03 PM

Thanks k9turrent, I spent a few days working on it and I like the way it turned out too. :)
And glad to be of service umpshaplapa

Edited by Salindin_Naz, 14 January 2009 - 10:04 PM.

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#5 Merzlin

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:13 PM

Wow, Just wow. I really needed heavy advice on painting, and here it is! Thanks man! Awesome tutorial by the way.
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#6 hereticorp

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:18 PM

That's a pretty slick paint job there, nice camo theme.

Here's an alternate method for painting: Firefly Modification and Painting Guide
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:29 PM

Thank you, I think you may have just found an answer to my dilemma. I started off using spray paints only. One afternoon I spray painted a decent amount, just a bit more then I normally do. I was feeling lethargic and when I walked upstairs to get some grub, I fainted. I came to in about 5 to 10 seconds but needless to say it gave my parents a scare. I went to the hospital, and they put a ton of those EKG's on me. My heart rate was running at a whopping 220 BPM. That's over twice what it should be. Long story short I have ventricular arithmea, and my parents believe that spray painting could trigger another one, even though my doctor said multiple times that I could live unrestrained, and wouldn't have to stop any activities or sports because of my condition.. My parents put the caboots on spray painting after that. I even offered to buy a heavy duty respirator. I never thought about hand painting, I'll have to run that by them. My dad would just have to do the vinyl dye and the protective coat.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:48 PM

Long story short I have ventricular arithmea, and my parents believe that spray painting could trigger another one


HOLY SHIT!!!! But wow, so guess I can't spray paint in my apartment

EDIT: Yeah I live in Canada, right now it is -30 degrees, so I can't use the balcony

Edited by k9turrent, 14 January 2009 - 11:03 PM.

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That's about it. And thanks Angela who helped me with these pictures.. It looks huge in her hands.


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#9 Salindin Naz

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:01 PM

Yeah that is kinnda scary TantumBull. I spray in my bathtub. I do wear a mask though. Damn Wisconsin winters...
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:08 PM

Yeah that is kinnda scary TantumBull. I spray in my bathtub. I do wear a mask though. Damn Wisconsin winters...



Do you happen to like looking at the pretty colors while taking a bath? My mom wants to paint the bottom of our bathtub, does your paint come off?
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#11 Salindin Naz

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:19 PM

nerfer9- No pretty color it's still white. I cover it in a drop cloth and if it does happen to get on the tub some laquer thinner does the trick pretty well :)


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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:40 PM

TantumBull: look for Polly-S brand, and other water-based acrylic model paints at hobby stores. I don't know if there are spray versions - probably not. But maybe you could get an airbrush and compressor, some day.


Dude... thanks! Totally forgot about airbrushing. So that doesn't have the same chemical shit that speeds up heart rate?

Also everyone else note that my condition wasn't caused by spray painting, but it very well could've been triggered by it. These things tend to build up overtime until one little thing can trigger it. I could've just been stressed from these god damn finals and that could do it. Now I'm on a drug that almost completely blocks it out. As long as I take the meds, the chances of another attack are very slim.

That said it is still a good idea to paint somewhere well ventilated, and use a respirator. A dust mask WILL NOT do the trick.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:41 PM

A note on what bob just said, you'll need paint thinner, not just water, to get the paints in rattle cans off of your brushes. I've ruined a few really good brushes that way.

Anyway, I use the same methods as these - spray one or two broad colors, then hand paint everything else. Very good guide, and spectacular work. Your 20 shades of blue Firefly still have me in awe. Ever consider doing commissions? DT used to make a killing on it, when he had the time to commit. Not on these boards, but he did show off the works here.
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:45 PM

DT used to make a killing on it, when he had the time to commit. Not on these boards, but he did show off the works here.


Didn't he sell on ebay, or was it on another forum?
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 12:04 AM

Thanks everyone for all the complements. I've been lurking around these boards for some time and never found a really good guide that's main focus was painting (not to say that there isn't, I just never found it).

Splitlip- Thanks a lot, honestly you, Forsaken_Angel24, and CaptainSlug are my main reason and inspiration in Nerfing, and yeah that blue sucker was a pain in the ass. And to answer your question I'd love to do some commission work if anyone would like me to. I love painting these things and the only thing holding me back from doing more is my lack of new guns to paint. I'm currently working on a Longshot sidearm integration (a real one like Dart Attack's not like the one I have in the Mod/Paint thread) but there's always room to paint someone else's (or is it else') gun :) .


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**Edit** Spelling...got all giddy from Splitlip's post

Edited by Salindin_Naz, 15 January 2009 - 12:08 AM.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 12:20 AM

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:33 AM

it was good but could hoe to do a snow camo and like show



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#18 mystefansdontflystraight

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 08:28 AM

shaun: Please do not quote pics, it's a pain in the ass to scroll through.

Salindin: Awesome work there. I really like it. I just use krylon fusion, and my guns are usually the same color uniformly. This is an inspiration.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 10:54 AM

Really nice tutorial man. I have been watching your posts in the "Mods/Pictures thread". I have just been thinking, are you going to be the next Direct Threat? Haha, really nice paint jobs man.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 10:58 AM

it was good but could hoe to do a snow camo and like show


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Posted 15 January 2009 - 12:16 PM

What you will need:
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Got that kids? Add potato chips and booze to your Mom's grocery list.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 12:39 PM

You don't mix the whiskey and the mountain dew, do you?
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#23 Salindin Naz

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:41 PM

Greed- I got that case at a garage sale for like five bucks. Inside you will find a Washburn Idol six sting, matte black, with dual Seymour Duncan coil tapped hum-bucking pickups. She's my baby :D .

shaunsheep- Umm... Yeah...

mystefansdontflystraight- Thank you much. I'm really flattered that I can inspire someone B) .

Icespartan_1114- :unsure: Thanks...I just need to get a little better at dry brushing to be given that mantel. I can do it for what it's meant to be used for, i.e. painting raised areas keeping the underlying areas clear, but not so great at the blending that he does.

VACC- Thank you for removing that crap.

CaptainSlug- Indeed ;) .

Langley- Only in times of dire circumstances ;) .

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 02:43 PM

You don't mix the whiskey and the mountain dew, do you?


Nah...Wild Turkey.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:35 PM

You don't mix the whiskey and the mountain dew, do you?


Nah...Wild Turkey.



Oh, nasty... Wild Turkey goes well with Chery Coke, but Mountain Dew? Ack... I'll bet you like Jaegermeister and Ouzo too...


Nice writeup on the painting, too! I like the color scheme!
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