you won't find a quick answer. Its takes years of perserverence. If you really want to do it. Stick it out and keep at it. Listen to others who know who to paint as well. We can learn a lot from professionals willing to take the time out to give advice.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but you're all missing the point. I'll post pictures up soon. My models come out good when I am in the mood to paint. The problem is that I am rarely in the mood. I just can't seem to take my time with them.
There shouldn't really be a hurry to paint anything if you don't want to. I go through periods where I don't paint a thing because I am not in the correct frame of mind to do so. Wait until you are and you will be more pleased with the results.
I find I can get a decent effect fairly quickly with just drybrushing. I have an old stiff ceramics brush that covers a lot of the model in only a few passes. This makes things like the Iron Warriors paint scheme over a black basecoat a breeze.
Check out the flat and 'scruffy' brushes: http://www.onestroke.com/demo/pages/Brushes/GlassCeramicsBrushes.html
You have to be in the mood to paint. I can go a couple weeks without painting anything when I am not in the mood. I found the best way to get in the mood was just paint an hour a night. I usually don't get much done but it does keep me interested in painting.
I've actually just started a paint night with my gaming friends. We are getting together (at least a couple of us) to paint for a couple hours 1 night per week. I get bored painting alone, plus I like to have someone around to run idea's by or to let me know thier opinion of something. It really gets me motivated to see other people with awesome paint jobs, so sometimes I just browse through the painted pics on here and by the time I'm done I just HAVE to go paint. It really depends on what works for you in the way of motivation, just try a couple things.
This tends to happen to me as well, but the way I get around it is I have 3 models on the go, diff types, I go from one to the other some times makes a nice change.
Im not really doing army work at the moment so I tend to test diff colour schemes out, specially with my new Tau purchases. Painting a large army of the same types I can see becoming tedious very fast. If you are like you say painting an army, rotate between minis for example, paint a space marine then onto a Vehicle then a Terminator and vary your work. Also try and make each model different slightly, via markings, small changes in colours, but still go with the overall theme.
i tend to do a lot of painting and modellin just before i go to bed, which is a very bad idea for me because when i start, i just cant stop.
i once painted two, 20 each, units of nightgoblins between 9:00 and 11:30 at night.
1. Get a job in GW. You get better by having to paint models you'd usually avoid like the plague:biggrin:
2.( a bit more useful this one ) When you see a painted model you like take time to have a really long look at it. Try and work out how an effect was achieved and try it yourself.
3. ASK!. All painters love the attention they get when people like their models and are usually happy to pass on any hints or advice.
4. Read the masterclass painting articles in WD. They are the biggest improvement in WD in the last few years and are a mine of good information. There are also some great painting clinics online that give advice.
5. Pick one model you like that is not for the army you are currently collecting. Do not give yourself a time limit to complete it (even it means going off to paint something else then coming back to it) take weeks or months if you want. Paint it to the highest possible standard (no time saving or corner cutting). Once you've finished the piece your standards will have increased and a lot of that improvement will carry through to your day to day painting...... repeat and rinse.
6. The most important thing is the desire to improve, if you really don't care about how you models look you will only ever improve a bit, if you want to be able to paint better than with a little effort and time you will.
Find a model you really want to do well and take your time on it months if neccessary.
The second you start getting sloppy stop.
Go back to it another day.
Also switch up armys if your doing more than one.
Thats why My Sons of Horus army is now an Army with units from every Traitor Legion.
I get sick of a color sceme after about 5 models.
Right now I'm doing Thousand Sons 5 in the Red got bored so now I'm making 5 Rubric Guard with a Custom Arhiman I'll finish the unit off with
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