End all be all Hand Painting Guide?
Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:31 PM
I'm not the most advanced modder so to speak yet I do take a strong interest in looking around the forums and modding my own guns to my ability. Recently my friends and I have been debating on what color to paint our longshot and with what paint? The popular decision is to go with classic only spray paint methods. I on the other hand find it to plain and fancy the hand painting worn out look (similar to dry brush). It's hard to explain the exact look I'm describing but if any of you are familiar with DirectThreat's work he is a good example of the work I've been describing. Now I have done dry brushing before and spray painting and a few decals with the old games workshop paint and was wondering if there are any guides/videos on how to attain this style and if the new citadel paint on games workshop would be useful. Any feedback would be helpful! Thanks in advance.
Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:47 PM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:02 PM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:17 PM
1: You are only as good as your tools. Get good brushes, seriously, and buy decent-quality paint. Citadel is standard because of all the Warhams people out there, but Tamiya and Privateer both make great paints.
2: THIN YOUR PAINTS. I cannot stress this enough. Nerf blasters consist of lots of flat panels, which show brush strokes like crazy. Multiple thin layers will look at lot better than a single thick layer.
3: Learn to drybrush. This is a simple technique that will give you a weathered look with next to no effort. Apply paint to your brush, then wipe said brush across a disposable medium (paper towels work well here) until there is extremely little paint left. Then, using the tip of the brush only, paint over the area with quick, wide strokes. The paint will stick to raised edges and apply an uneven, weathered coat. This is also excellent for metallic paints in general.
4: Sand and prime. Black primer provides easy shading, but can muddy colors. White primer allows for bright, vivid colors but shows mistakes like crazy.
5: Keep the highlighting and shading minimal. You're not painting a 1" tall army guy that needs to be seen from a distance of 3" or so. There will be plenty of light to provide natural highlights, so use a restrained hand.
6: As with all paint jobs, you're going to want to clear coat to preserve the work. So do so.
That's just general advice, but it should get you started.
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