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:
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:
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.
OK, so at this point your gun should look like this:
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.
I recommend using a base coat of vinyl dye, with those very light coats until it's totally covered. Like so:
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:
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:
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.
Now reassemble that thing and here you go a finished paint job of excellent quality.
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,
**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.