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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-16-15, 08:57 AM
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I think you should start a Project Log. It allows people to see your work currently and give advice on what you're doing right and wrong and how to improve. Most importantly it gives confidence in your own work.

It's why I started my log, sure my painting is far from being good, but just by having people look at my work, good or bad, I've now got confidence. Also thanks to the Plog, I've now got confidence in my own models that I'm actually gaming with them, semi regularly too.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-17-15, 11:27 AM
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Just going to echo what a lot of people have said here, practice, my painting was god awful when I first started now it's pretty good but it's taken a lot of time to get where I am and I know I'm still far from where I want to be. Though I will add two bits of advice, these two things have helped me come along in leaps and bounds.

1. Use flow improver with your paints, it thins down your paints making them easier to blend and it will stop your paintwork looking blotchy, some people use water but I find this leaves your paintwork with a chalky look to it whereas the flow improver doesn't do this

2. If you can find a copy then get the gw 'eavy metal' painting guide. It's no longer in production so check eBay, gumtree etc and as it's a few years old it references the old paint range but if you Google citadel paint conversion chart you should be able to see what new paints replaced the old ones. It's full of helpful tricks of the trade and step by step guides to seriously help your painting.

Keep at it mate, there's few things more satisfying in this hobby than painting a beautiful army and knowing you did it all, having other gamers come up and check out your army during a game then return with their friends to show them too. Good luck my friend
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Techniques and difficulty may also vary according to the models you would like painting. Which armies/models do you have in mind (or work) ?

After that, my advises would be :

- Don't aim for the high level from the start, or you'll be soon disappointed ... do your best at every step, and your best will become better and better with time and practise.

- Start up from the basic models towards the specific/more detailed onces (i.e. test your skills and colour schemes upon basic troops with usual weapons before taking care of Leaders, special weapons or Independent Characters).

- If the results aren't satisfying, do not waste time removing the painting from the models you have just worked upon. Pick up unpainted ones and redo the process. It will still be time to paint the former ones again once you have mastered your own process (and it will give you a most pleasing view of your progress, with more models painted - even if some need to be painted again in the future).

Some additional resources (web tutorials, ...) and equipment (modelling table lamp with magnifyer glass, ...) are also great assets.

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Another BIG thing that helped me was to start using a wet palette, which keeps your paints from drying and helps get smooth layers.

Here is a video explaining how to make a cheap one yourself:

https://youtu.be/96mjmqWTPfM
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