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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-24-11, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Just a quick question for all of the painters out there. I am starting to paint my imperial guarsmen and was wondering which primer, chaos black or skull white, to use. I am going to be painting them in dessert/ash waste scheme and wanted to make sure I get the right primer.
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It only really makes a slight difference in the final effect, if any. A lot of people find black easier to paint on, though, so if you're starting out it's probably a good bet, especially if you're not using any yellow/bright green that would be difficult to paint over black.

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As lastdaysofhumanity mentioned the real difference is in the final tone of the product. If you paint over black the tones will be darker and more muted. On white the opposite.

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What colours do you plan to paint your IG. That will probably help decide which is better to basecoat with.

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i would suggest black... IMO i have found it easier to work dark to light than reverse. If you want a rugged look as well black is the way to go.

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Um... Desert or Ash waste scheme... How about brown or grey primer, for an ash wasteland, grey primer can easily save you several steps later on.
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Gray is the way to go. It can go darker without a problem and it can go lighter without a ton of layers.
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Another option that I use on my guardsmen is to prime black and then paint Codex Grey on all cloth and skin and then paint the model in the colors I want.
It leaves the armor with that nice dark tone, but makes skin and cloth brighter and "pop" a little bit more.
Also, Codex Grey is easier to paint the lighter colors on so I need less layers of paint to do my cloth.

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I would recommend a Grey primer - it's great for building up an intermediate colour from.

Also you will find that the minis are actually primed, whereas GW skull white/chaos black sprays aren't primers at all, they are basecoats.

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if your working with yellows and stuff I would most likely suggest white.

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