So as my first post dealt with the type of brush i am most commonly using based on my current circumstances i thought it would be best to talk about what paintbrushes should really be used for.......miniature painting.
The biggest challenge that any toy soldier collector, wargamer or miniature painter faces is getting the bloomin' things clothed with paint. This is because:
A its part of the hobby and B its more fun playing with painted soldiers (unless you play cyclons or some other silver armoured warriors!)
Painting miniatures is by no means super easy. It requires concentration and practice but on the whole most of us can get the hang of it. Think of your handwriting, if you take it slowly it's nice and neat and if you rush it goes everywhere. The more you do it the quicker and neater it becomes.
Now, as this is mainly an oldhammer blog i wanted to deal with how to paint in an older style.
Games Workshop when they produced their monthly white dwarf would regularly put out posters with painted examples of figures. this was to make them look pretty and also inspire us into painting our own stuff just like it.....or doing our own thing. but the main constant was that these models have to have a certain 'pop' to them to stand out.
take this chaos terminator for example
with the resurgence of oldhammer this style of painting has come back and a few things are worth noting.
sometimes you might hear the phrase "bases and faces" and it particularly applies here. The central feature is the skull and the base completes the miniature.
Many painters get bogged down with making their figures too busy. In reality a base coat, single shading and one-two highlights are more than enough.
The modern obsession for endless highlights come from black undercoats and the need to lighten the base colour constantly. As you can probably tell from my miniature here i use a white undercoat as i find it easier
this guy was painted in simple base colours which were in turn shaded and highlighted simply. the finished result is below:
Nothing on either two miniatures is super flashy, they are both neat and completed miniatures and this is what we are trying to aim for.
It used to be said that these guys should be viewed as arms length (which they will be at if you're gaming with them). Try to remember that and forget the obsession with super zoomed in pictures and highlighted eyeballs that nobody can see.
back when i was 12 or so i was on the right track......despite knowing nothing about shading as seen here:
but the main elements were there. it has a base of sorts, the miniature didn't have a visible face so a pattern was painted on its clothes.....and most importantly...it was bright.........as harlequins should be!
The joy of this hobby is that you can take it in a variety of directions. You might be an army builder and the mass effect is more desired. if this is the case then maybe do away with the highlight stage altogether. Just base coat and simple shading only. You'd be surprised how far you can get with this but the crucial thing to remember is this:
make your base coat as close to the final colour you want the model to be.
this chap has a purple base and has been shaded with it + a small amount of black. The face was done the same way. Thin paint and a white undercoat gives you instant highlights and shading.
Try putting away the black undercoat for a while and just play about with shading instead. You might find that your colours get brighter and your miniatures neater. the next miniature's clothes were painted with just a tiny amount of scorched brown added to the white.
once again....bases and faces! and this miniature whilst not oldhammer is from a wonderful company called Hasslefree Miniatures and you can get her here : Dionne