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Hi

Hope nobody minds, but we've 2 rather chunky threads (GW and Miniatures) that cover painting mini's and have some great results in and advice - but they're a bit hard to track things down. 

I thought we could have a thread for painting resources and the like? 

I've been having a look around and there is tons of stuff about - here's a few I found interesting :

 

Games workshop Youtube channel 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEaPE4sLDA7s-26V0v6SepDFiznb3y6hx

 

Space marine tutorials 

http://taleofpainters.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/tutorials-how-to-paint-space-marines.html

(Tale of painters has some great tutorials on there)

 

This guy does good chaos marines

 

 

http://www.germy.co.uk/paintingundead.html

 

What / who do you guys follow? I need all the help I can get!

 

 

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Sorastro! 

 

Clear tutorials on basic theory, that enable you to build up a skillset of everyday techniques quickly.

 

He also has a great eye for colour, giving examples on how to use either complimentary or contrasting colours for effect.

 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sorastro+painting

 

 

 

Start with the Imperial Assault guides, as they contain the simplest techniques.

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Yeah, Sorastro is excellent. If you're just starting out, you can't go wrong with Sorastro and Duncan from Warhammer TV. I follow a whole bunch of painting channels. I'm on my phone at the moment, but when I get to a PC I'll give you a few more links. Some of them are frighteningly advanced, but there's no harm in seeing the crazy stuff that's possible.

 

Edit - so here are a few decent ones.

 

Painting Buddha

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMyleo6g75R-bvGsus2oI8Q

 

Unfortunately they don't seem to be updating this anymore.  I have a bad feeling about why that could be, as the last few posts on their blog were about the poor health of the guy who ran the channel. :(  The videos remain up though, and they are absolutely the best advanced tutorials I've found.  If you want to find out how to do stuff like using glazes, pre-shading and the like, or just to see what is possible if you happen to be as amazingly talented as Ben Komets, this is where to go.  They also teach you Komets' "loaded brush" technique, which involves having two different paint colours on the same brush, but that's actually impossible for mortal men to do.

 

The 3 Colours Up series on Beasts of War is good.  The ones on colour theory are great.  The main painter Romain has a gently camp manner.

 

 

Doctor Faust's Painting Clinic has a load of interesting tutorials

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePaintingClinic

 

The Apathetic Fish is good for GW stuff.  He has loads of tutorials that show you how to replicate the colour schemes for various Space Marine legions, for example.  Not Golden Demon standard, but decent enough basic techniques.

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/Alanduin1/videos

 

Kujo Painting has some decent tutorials on specific stuff like tarten.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyMPU99KvmxIMkD8NZQu1tA/videos

 

There are loads more out there.  Lester Bursley for example if you want to learn how to airbrush.  Next Level Painting if you can stand watching the most irritating videos on youtube.

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On 1/26/2017 at 21:33, feltmonkey said:

Painting Buddha

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMyleo6g75R-bvGsus2oI8Q

 

Unfortunately they don't seem to be updating this anymore.

 

Yeah they put themselves on indefinite hiatus.  The bearded guy has his own Patreon page, but it was very expensive.  I'm not syaing it wasn't worth it, but it's more than I'm willing to spend.

 

I have however recently become of a painting og Ghools Painting Tips.  His channel is awesome.

 

 

 

And I also really recoomend Kujo:

 

 

 

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Just as an aside, there is a lot of confused and contradictory info out there about the production of sable brushes.  It seems to be a fact, though, that they farm Siberian Weasels for their fur. Although using hair from the tail doesn't harm the animal, they are killed for other production purposes.

 

It's hypocritical of me as a meat eater to be bothered about this, I guess, but I don't use sable brushes - only synthetic - for this reason.  Just thought I'd mention before newbies (some possibly veggie or vegan) buy a load of Windsor & Newtons!

 

Further reading (none of it very well researched, unfortunately):

https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2014/08/14/5-fascinating-facts-sable-brushes/

http://ask.metafilter.com/143049/Are-they-killing-sables-to-make-my-brushes

https://jeffchester.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/the-ethics-of-art-materials/

 

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Kolinsky brushes are made from the hair of a weasel native to northern Asia and Russia. [...]

 

When I bought them I ignorantly assumed that they must just farm the animals and shave their fur off each year like sheep, thereby harvesting a renewable resource. This is not the case however. Kolinskies do not do well in captivity and so the wild animals are trapped and killed for their fur.

According to the brush makers I have contacted, the animals are not killed specifically for making brushes. Instead, they are used in the fur industry and the tails are actually throw-away bits the brush makers use. So I suppose if you are okay with fur-for-fashion then there isn’t a problem. However, if you believe that killing an animal unnecessarily (as in you don’t need to wear fur or use kolinsky brushes since there are other options) is wrong then you’ll want to stay away from these. The same goes for other sable brushes, mongoose, squirrel etc.

 

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@Treble what synthetic brushes do you use? I'm making the most of the sable brushes that I bought before switching to vegan but they aren't going to last forever, not the way I treat them. I've looked at the escoda versatil and the synthetics from the bigger brands but I've not found many reviews. I may end up having to buy a selection to test.

 

The good news is that most hobby paints are cruelty free except for gw who won't disclose that information. 

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24 minutes ago, Cocky said:

@Treble what synthetic brushes do you use? I'm making the most of the sable brushes that I bought before switching to vegan but they aren't going to last forever, not the way I treat them. I've looked at the escoda versatil and the synthetics from the bigger brands but I've not found many reviews. I may end up having to buy a selection to test.

 

The good news is that most hobby paints are cruelty free except for gw who won't disclose that information. 

 

Well, I don't know about the fully-synthetic ones, but when I placed my last order at Rosemary & Co I bought a few sable.synthetic mixed brushes. I was going to use them for base coating, but they have turned out to be so bloody good I've been using them exclusively! Might well be worth trying out their fully synthetic ones to see? 

 

http://www.rosemaryandco.com/watercolour-brushes/golden-synthetic/pointed-round-golden-synthetic

 

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19 minutes ago, JoeK said:

 

Well, I don't know about the fully-synthetic ones, but when I placed my last order at Rosemary & Co I bought a few sable.synthetic mixed brushes. I was going to use them for base coating, but they have turned out to be so bloody good I've been using them exclusively! Might well be worth trying out their fully synthetic ones to see? 

 

http://www.rosemaryandco.com/watercolour-brushes/golden-synthetic/pointed-round-golden-synthetic

 

 

Overseas postage is quite expensive from r&c, about $15, which is why I've always bought in bulk from them. To be honest I'm being lazy. When I first moved to the US it wasn't possible to buy kolinsky salbe brushes and I wasted a lot of money and time finding alternatives and I'm not keen on going through that again. But I should really, for the animals, and also because I'm thinking about promoting the business as a vegan/green painter. I've already bought a lot of plant based packaging and cleaning products. But trying to find the time for these things whilst also doing work and everything else is difficult. 

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Just now, Cocky said:

 

Overseas postage is quite expensive from r&c, about $15, which is why I've always bought in bulk from them. To be honest I'm being lazy. When I first moved to the US it wasn't possible to buy kolinsky salbe brushes and I wasted a lot of money and time finding alternatives and I'm not keen on going through that again. But I should really, for the animals, and also because I'm thinking about promoting the business as a vegan/green painter. I've already bought a lot of plant based packaging and cleaning products. But trying to find the time for these things whilst also doing work and everything else is difficult. 

 

I could have sworn they have a US side to their business. Not entirely sure, but might be worth checking out.

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On 2/11/2017 at 03:10, JoeK said:

 

Well, I don't know about the fully-synthetic ones, but when I placed my last order at Rosemary & Co I bought a few sable.synthetic mixed brushes. I was going to use them for base coating, but they have turned out to be so bloody good I've been using them exclusively! Might well be worth trying out their fully synthetic ones to see? 

 

http://www.rosemaryandco.com/watercolour-brushes/golden-synthetic/pointed-round-golden-synthetic

 

 

I'm pretty much a full on tree hugging, animals rights, whydon'twejustreleaseavrisuandwhipeouthumanity? type, and I'ma little ashamed that I didn't know about the whole sable thing until after I stocked up on decent brushes, so this sound promising.  Thanks, JoeK!

 

Edit - damn, brexit hit the pound hard, eh?  I just checked on brush prices after conversation and they're about a third off the price I paid this time last year.

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4 hours ago, Treble said:

 

 

@Cocky: the only decent synthetic brush I've bought so far (as I normally just buy cheapo ones) was a from the Windsor & Newton 'Cotman' series.  Pretty impressed so far.

 

Cotmans were the brushes I used pretty much exclusively for almost 15 years in the late 80s to around 1995 when I stopped for a further 15! They were decent brushes! 

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11 hours ago, Mikes said:

How to blend, made easy as ****ing pie:

 

 

 

8 hours ago, Mikes said:

Have to share this - a simple and effetive way to paint weathered/pale faces.  I gotta give it a go.

 

 

 

 Shamelessly lifted from the

miniatures thread

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I've got back into miniature painting in the last few months after a 10+ year absence and I'm really enjoying it again.

 

I've got a few pieces done now (I really need to get round to posting them in the appreciation threads) and they are really intended for display with maybe only occasional gaming (although if there is gaming it is likely to be Blood Bowl which necessitates a lot of handling), but I'm still finding even with a light amount of handling the paint on them can wear off on the sharpest edges.

 

So what do you guys recommend for varnishing them? I'm really nervous that I will ruin the finish and nothing that I have read so far suggests a guaranteed approach that isn't a little risky, but I think I need to do something because I can't be forever retouching them.

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Recommended for your toolkit: a Dremel!  Well, the technical term is 'Rotary Tool' and the're very handy. 

 

I bought this one: Maplin Rotary Tool

There are some negative reviews about build quality, but I've had mine for 4 years and it's never let me down.  £30 and it comes with a big, solid box and a shed-load of accessories.  There's also lots of variants on Amazon, just search 'Rotary Tool'.

 

 You might want to get a 'proper' Dremel, but they're about £40 with only a handful of tools.  Maybe keep an eye on HUKD for deals if you want the tip-top.

 

I use:

  • Cutting disks, for cutting minis from bases.  I find this much simpler than using snips/craft knives but YMMV.
  • Sanding bands and sanding disks, for smoothing cut edges (and occasionally for mould lines)
  • Drill bit (instead of using a pin vice) 
  • Cutting bit - very specifically to create a an indentation in the X-Wing pegs for ball bearings, when doing the ball-and-gimbel mod

Remember, when cutting plastic it can create a lot of fine plastic dust.  Make sure you wear eye and respiratory protection!

Dremel_Dust_sm.JPG

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I've been wanting a Dremmel for a while, but couldn't really justify the cost.

 

However, if anyone is looking to go cheap, be warned.  Aldi in Aus were selling a rotary tool recently which was pitched as a hobby/craft tool, but people who bought it said the RPM was nonadjustable, and so high it actually melted plastic, making it completely useless for anything other than metal models.

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