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#1 BritNerfMogul

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:20 PM

Brit’s Paint Tutorial


This was originally posted over on the HQ, but I thought that it couldn't hurt to post it here. This was requested by several members over there and has served them well

Ok, so I said this was going to be a video, but my camera crapped out and you’ve waited long enough. What I’ve done is take pictures (as it’s all my camera would let me do) at each key stage and I’ll fill in the rest with writing. Ok? Good!
Before we start,

Disclaimers:
These techniques that I am about to show you are partly because of the paints that I use. Your paints may not have the same affect. Although, this doesn’t mean that you have to buy the same paints as me. Experiment and see what works.

Onward:

Step 1.
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Firstly, strip the gun, not yourself (unless you like that). Place the shell off to one side and start on the internals. Do whatever you what to them. I just drilled the AR’s for now to save time.

Step 2.
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Wipe down the blaster shell and any other parts that you are painting with a dry tissue. This removes any residue oil and dust and gives a clean surface for your paint to stick to.

Step 3.
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Apply a base coat of chaos black spray to the blaster. Try not to cover the thing first time. Make slow, sweeping movements across the shell until you have an even coat. Too much paint will result in the details of the blaster being lost under layers of paint. Also, make sure that you spray in a warm atmosphere. If it isn’t warm, your paint will ‘bloom’. This is where the paint goes a funny white-grey colour. It isn’t a good thing.

Step 4.
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Apply a layer of varnish. I do this between every colour just as a personal habit. I feel happier knowing that there are several layers on protection on the PJ.

Step 5.
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Now you can break out the brushes. Colours can be done by ear, so go with your gut and paint what you think is right. Always paint one colour at a time, this allows you to build up the paint job and see what it feels like. Always varnish between layers. To get the flatness with the paint, I paint slowly and use a big brush with lots of paint on. I go over the same area over and over again until no brush strokes can be seen.

Step 6.
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Add any details. Details for me include screw heads and drybrushing. Drybrushing is achieved by dipping an old brush (something with splayed bristles) and dipping it in your chosen paint. Then wipe most of it off until you have almost none on. Then LIGHTLY pass the brush over the shell. The brush should just touch the shell. This makes sure that the paint only hits the raised areas, making them stand out.

Step 7.
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When you’re sure that you’re happy with your painting, apply one final coat of varnish. Then reassemble and VIOLA!

Also, my LS in the same style
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I hope that this has helped and any questions and comments may be posted below.

Edited by BritNerfMogul, 01 February 2013 - 06:11 PM.

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#2 flyingchicken

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:22 PM

That's kickass. Good way to paint.
Where do you get the varnish?
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:25 PM

I was wondering when you would post this here, thanks!
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#4 BritNerfMogul

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:35 PM

That's kickass. Good way to paint.
Where do you get the varnish?


It's all from the games workshop. It's satin finish.
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:43 PM

Great paintjobs. Also nice tutorial
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:48 PM

Could you provide a link to the varnish, I have searched Games Workshop and can't find it.

EDIT: Thank You.

Edited by Capten Karat, 01 May 2009 - 06:51 PM.

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#7 BritNerfMogul

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 06:50 PM

Could you provide a link to the varnish, I have searched Games Workshop and can't find it.


Do my best. May have to come from the UK site thought -

http://www.games-wor...dId=prod1620041

My bad - It's called Purity Seal (Satin Varnish)
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 07:26 PM

I've always wanted to know what the best method for painting was, brushes or spray paint. Now I know, it is a mixture rather than the two separate. Nice work with the paint.
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#9 BritNerfMogul

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 07:28 PM

I've always wanted to know what the best method for painting was, brushes or spray paint. Now I know, it is a mixture rather than the two separate. Nice work with the paint.


It's all in the technique. The spray gives an even base for you to work from, while the brushing gives you the extra control over your details.

And thanks again for the kind words.

Edited by BritNerfMogul, 01 May 2009 - 07:31 PM.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 08:21 PM

You probably should sand the gun first, so that the paint doesn't affect the moving parts of the gun.
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#11 BritNerfMogul

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 08:26 PM

You probably should sand the gun first, so that the paint doesn't affect the moving parts of the gun.


I would if I painted the internals. Most of them are left unpainted. So far, I've had no hinderence in performance.
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 02:16 PM

What kind of paint do you use for the brushing? Also, nice job on both the guns that longshot looks amazing!
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 02:46 PM

Britís Paint Tutorial


This was originally posted over on the HQ, but I thought that it couldn't hurt to post it here. This was requested by several members over there and has served them well

Ok, so I said this was going to be a video, but my camera crapped out and youíve waited long enough. What Iíve done is take pictures (as itís all my camera would let me do) at each key stage and Iíll fill in the rest with writing. Ok? Good!
Before we start,

Disclaimers:
These techniques that I am about to show you are partly because of the paints that I use. Your paints may not have the same affect. Although, this doesnít mean that you have to buy the same paints as me. Experiment and see what works.

Onward:

Step 1.
Posted Image
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Firstly, strip the gun, not yourself (unless you like that). Place the shell off to one side and start on the internals. Do whatever you what to them. I just drilled the ARís for now to save time.

Step 2.
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Wipe down the blaster shell and any other parts that you are painting with a dry tissue. This removes any residue oil and dust and gives a clean surface for your paint to stick to.

Step 3.
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Apply a base coat of chaos black spray to the blaster. Try not to cover the thing first time. Make slow, sweeping movements across the shell until you have an even coat. Too much paint will result in the details of the blaster being lost under layers of paint. Also, make sure that you spray in a warm atmosphere. If it isnít warm, your paint will Ďbloomí. This is where the paint goes a funny white-grey colour. It isnít a good thing.

Step 4.
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Apply a layer of varnish. I do this between every colour just as a personal habit. I feel happier knowing that there are several layers on protection on the PJ.

Step 5.
Posted Image
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Now you can break out the brushes. Colours can be done by ear, so go with your gut and paint what you think is right. Always paint one colour at a time, this allows you to build up the paint job and see what it feels like. Always varnish between layers. To get the flatness with the paint, I paint slowly and use a big brush with lots of paint on. I go over the same area over and over again until no brush strokes can be seen.

Step 6.
Posted Image
Add any details. Details for me include screw heads and drybrushing. Drybrushing is achieved by dipping an old brush (something with splayed bristles) and dipping it in your chosen paint. Then wipe most of it off until you have almost none on. Then LIGHTLY pass the brush over the shell. The brush should just touch the shell. This makes sure that the paint only hits the raised areas, making them stand out.

Step 7.
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When youíre sure that youíre happy with your painting, apply one final coat of varnish. Then reassemble and VIOLA!

Also, my LS in the same style
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I hope that this has helped and any questions and comments may be posted below.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 02:52 PM

I wish I wasn't dumb enough to quote the entire first post for no reason.
Also, I can't even spell "talented".

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#15 BritNerfMogul

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 05:12 PM

Captian Scottland - Citadel Paints. Available at the games workshop. They're not cheap, but they leave a good finish.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:56 PM

Thanks I will definitely look into that because the end result looks ridiculously good.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:58 PM

Thanks I will definitely look into that because the end result looks ridiculously good.


Just heed my warning - A good finish follows a hefty price tag. These paints are NOT cheap. Only buy them if you really want them.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:10 PM

Well, I checked out the website and saw that the price for one unit of 12mL is $3.50 so I was wondering how far does 12mL usually get you.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:15 PM

Well, I checked out the website and saw that the price for one unit of 12mL is $3.50 so I was wondering how far does 12mL usually get you.


1 pot of catachan green went into the LS, scout and a recon (gun only), if memory serves me correctly.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:25 PM

The pots are a pretty decent price then. It's the Chaos Black and varnish that might be too expensive. I think i might pick one of my better guns to do this to and see the results in person based on my ability which is sure to come out lesser than yours. Then I will weigh whether it's worth it or not.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:28 PM

The pots are a pretty decent price then. It's the Chaos Black and varnish that might be too expensive. I think i might pick one of my better guns to do this to and see the results in person based on my ability which is sure to come out lesser than yours. Then I will weigh whether it's worth it or not.


NO NO NO! Start small. Smaller surface area = less paint = less money spent. Also practice on an older blaster. Make sure you get your technique right.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:38 PM

Actually I meant I was going to test it on some extra shells and do my final on a working blaster. However, after what you said you're right it would make more sense to do my best blasters last. I will most likely put my next paycheck towards some of these paints and in a couple of weeks or a month I will let you know how it came out.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:42 PM

Actually I meant I was going to test it on some extra shells and do my final on a working blaster. However, after what you said you're right it would make more sense to do my best blasters last. I will most likely put my next paycheck towards some of these paints and in a couple of weeks or a month I will let you know how it came out.


Good lad. Good luck and happy painting.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:52 PM

Thanks. Now just to wait until I have a free day....
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 06:01 AM

You may also want to check out some of the Games Workshop painting techniques. Some of them, most of all drybrushing, are very useful.
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