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Ok, i got the new Foundation paints, they work GREAT.

They go on smooth without hassle, due to their intense pigment concentration.

However, I am still a newb painter.

I have never grasped watering down paint and qutie frankly dislike the idea.

How can i get the paint to go on smoothly without any streaks the first time around, like the foundation colors? Is it possible?

Or are streaks on the first coat ok, and a second and third coat make it a solid, streak-free color?

How should i paint, if you understand me? Press hard, gently? Paint left-to right? If i paint one spot should i go over it if its still wet?

Basically, what are the methods to having less-streaky coats? (Or, once again, is that impossible and only repeated thin coats are the remedy)
 

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I have never grasped watering down paint and qutie frankly dislike the idea.
If you plan on painting really nice looking models with smooth colours, shading and no clots of paint on them you are going to have to do this bro, no way around it. Basically at the very least you want to go 1:1 paint:water so that your paints have a 'milky' texture to them, not too thick, not too thin and it takes a few tries to get it right. For my daemon prince, the paints were thinned down 1 part paint to 5 parts water. This requires far more coats but as they are so thin they go on nice and smooth with less noticable transition between the colours. But to emphasize: you HAVE to thin the paints to paint a model to higher than tabletop quality (tt is just three basic colours with no highlights btw which looks, to me anyway, like utter shit). Look on the bright side though, your brushes will last far longer doing this :D

How can i get the paint to go on smoothly without any streaks the first time around, like the foundation colors? Is it possible?
Not gonna happen which is why GW made the foundation paints in the first place.

Or are streaks on the first coat ok, and a second and third coat make it a solid, streak-free color?
Got it in one Anph.

How should i paint, if you understand me? Press hard, gently? Paint left-to right?
Gently, always. Don't force the paint or you will end up with areas of super thick paint that will make the model look seriously fugly. Direction is entirely up to you however. Go with what feels natural to you as this is a personal preference thing and the only area I feel this is important is drybrushing, in which case you want to db up, down, left, right in order to spread the paint evenly on the higher edges the way you want.


If i paint one spot should i go over it if its still wet?
Not unless you are wet-blending which is a fairly advanced and, imho, imprecise method of painting. Try and wait for the previous layer to dry fully before going over it again.

Basically, what are the methods to having less-streaky coats? (Or, once again, is that impossible and only repeated thin coats are the remedy)
Again, it is impossible without going super thick. Take more time and do repeated thin coats. Trust me, you will like the results far more.


Feel free to ask me any other questions you might have Anph. Here or pm, it's all good. We all need help at some point and I certainly haven't stopped asking for tips from those more experienced than I.
 

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So, basically all i want to know is--streaks are OK if you are doing it thin as they will gradually turn into a solid color?

I do thin my paints.

Its just a bitch, rather. :mrgreen:
 

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Yeah, additional layers will turn it solid and smooth.
 

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to be fair if you just want to get an army out, i wouldn't worry too much about thinningalthough it does makes for a smoother paint job. However if you want to improve your skill then thinning is the way to go, since i started doing it i've noticed a distinct improvement in my painting, but as with all things it's practice.
 

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Yeah with thinning ive noticed, sometimes so little as just having the brush wet can be enough to thin it out with smaller amounts on the brush, but anyways, as ive started practicing layering more and more, ive noticed thinning it not only keeps it smoother, but also makes it last a little longer before drying up :D
 
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