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Ok, this is a little obnoxious, but I checked the stickies and couldn't find much help, so here goes...

I play with an unpainted army.
I don't play at the FLGS or anything, just with a couple friends, and they generally play with at least some unpainted minis as well.
BUT! I am sick of having my all my little gray men lacking paint, and have decided to do something about it. I'm going to start with the marines I have, and have settled on a basic scheme ( see attached pics).

Then I realized something rather important, and that's that I have no idea what I am doing. I don't know what to buy or how to use it or anything.
I'll need a couple brushes, yes, and paint, but I don't know how much this is going to run me.

What will I need to paint up 1500 points or so of marines? We're talking 4 tanks, maybe 40 odd marines. I was thinking 3 brushes of varying sizes, probably 5 to 7 paints, and a can of undercoat to prime them with? $70ish?
 

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of the two schemes the black one would be the easy one, get a couple of cans of spray chaos black and spray the lot black, then pop along to the GW website and search for black templar painting guide, the painting guide will tell you haw to paint the white and red parts and what colours to use and what you need to buy, as for brushes 3 should be enough get a base coat, detail and fine detail or the equivalents



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Agreed with BnK, for a tabletop army, all you'd need would be chaos black undercoat, 2 brushes, (maybe a 3rd as spare), black paint, red paint, white paint, and another colour perhaps for other details such as green or blue? and you should be golden. That shouldn't set you back too much money wise either.
 

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I started out with a 20 year old citadel painting set given to me by my uncle. It only had 8 paints and a brush but worked fine for me. I think it all depend on what techniques you want to be using. For example you don't want to ruin your detail brush by drybrushing (I've tired) luckily my brush was pretty cheap:grin:

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For a tabletop army the paint job doesn't need to be spectacular, so don't worry about getting the absolute best equipment or doing the absolute best job. The paints will run you a fair amount of money, but brushes don't have to. I get mine from Walmart, and for a tabletop army they work fine, I've even gotten a few compliments on a couple of models.

Just remember that most people's first models look pretty amateurish, just have fun and keep at it and pretty soon they'll start looking great.
 
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