And So It Begins: Part II
by, 05 Jan 12 at 03:12 (7542 Views)
Ah, Larry Leadhead. I was reading you even when my flirtation with minis was over. I hope we haven't seen the end of such a great comic strip now that I am getting involved in the hobby again!
(BTW: you can still read the interview I did with LL's creators, Eric Hotz and Doug Hamm, here.)
Well, today was a great day. After being dead in the water the last week because my paint collection was largely dried up and useless, today my new batch of supplies arrived and I was off painting my set of Ogre minis!
I am really pleased with the Vallejo Game Color Intro Set I ordered from The WarStore (I love the fact that I can indulge myself while also supporting a local business!):
As you can see, it comes with 16 general purpose colors that replaced - and then some! - my old paint collection. Best of all, the paints come in those new, niffty eyedropper paint bottles that allow you to dispense the paint one drop at a time, while also preventing spills. The quality of the paint sees quite good, too.
I also ordered a can of Armory white primer:
Above, I tried it out on some disassembled Ranger heavy tanks. Seems to coat good.
I was using Testors enamel gray primer on the first set of minis I prepared, but stopped when I realized that the paint I ordered was acrylic and not enamel. I was really scared that I messed up and the acrylic paint would not adhere to the enamel primer, but it seems to have turned out okay:
The black circles are bases for infantry, while the white minis are GEVs, their fins (up top), a CP (left), and the base for a Minotaur artillery piece (flat circular piece). I have to take a closer look tomorrow, but with the exception of the CP which will need a second coat (I ran out of paint and didn't want to mix up another batch just for a few brush strokes - best to wait for tomorrow when I will need more white paint for other units), I think they came out just fine so far.
This was the first time I ever mixed my paint with water, as taught to me by the appropriately named how-to-paint-miniatures.com website. The guy was right on the money! By mixing just a drop or two of water to my paint (I am still trying to get a knack for this, but 1:2 seems like a good ratio of water to paint so far), not only did my paint go much farther, but it also covered soooo much better. I think this is why my first attempt at minis years ago always turned out so horribly: I was using undiluted paint, with the result being a thick, crayola-like coating of color that just smothered any detail in the minis. So much repainting to do....
Tomorrow I think I might try to do a "wash" on the Minotaur base plate. This piece has little runnels radiating out from the center, something I think might look nice with some shadowing. I hate to ruin what appears to be a good paint job, but I might as well find out how washing works now rather than later.
The color scheme I am using for the minis are according to the official product pictures on the Warhouse 23 website. I want to see how close I can get to the pros. Not very close, I know....
So, what's next? Well, if I am still satisfied with the first coat (I was planning to do a second coat, but I truly don't think they need it with the exception of the CP), I am going to start adding some color to the GEVS. Let's see how some detailing turns out. And, like I said, I might try a wash of the base plate just to experiment.
Stay tuned for more.
PS: You can see Part I here: http://forums.gamesquad.com/showthre...d-so-it-begins....