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So I don't profess to being the greatest painter but I'm bord of my minis looking like there straight of the production line insed of mid battle ! I'm not wanting much on the way of scratches but more on looking like they have been fighting in a barren desert waste land
I've attached a few of my minis and there on simple bases to make it easier on the whole army
Anyone got any tips tricks they wouldn't mind sharing ?
Gratitude to all that do
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Okay, I am no painting guru, but would you try making a wash from the color you are using on the base, and paint it into the recesses on the armour, like the corners on the shoulder pads, and the trims on the lower legs, places where wind blown dust/sand would gather, then some very fine drybrushing or multiple layers of wash on feet and mid shin to dust them up a bit. In my opinion keep the weathering light, desert dust tends to build up just in nooks and crannies on moving object.

Edit: have a bit of rep for some tastey painting!
 

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Yeah sounds good but the bases are made from javis war gaming Matt, it's kinda like sandpaper with bigger rocks on it n you simply stick it on and file round it ha easy
 

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Yeah sounds good but the bases are made from javis war gaming Matt, it's kinda like sandpaper with bigger rocks on it n you simply stick it on and file round it ha easy
not a huge probelm really. just get a color that matches closely. you dont need to be exact. For my weathering i tend to use a mix of agrax earthshade and whatever of the technical paints i used to ase the model. this adds "grit" to the effect as well.
 

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You can try a light brown weathering pigment. You dont have to buy from any special one. I do highly recommend secret weapon pigments, they are great. But if you are a budget go to your local hobby store (michaels, hobby lobby, etc) and pick up a pack of pastels (they look like chalk) grind up a brown, tan, yellow.. till it matches your basing scheme. You can simply use a hobby knife to scrape the pastels into a cup.

You can apply them dry (sort of drybrush technique) or mix the pigments with water and apply them wet. I would just play around on a test mini before going crazy. After you have the pigments applied and they are dry, make sure you give them a good seal with whatever sealant you use.

Hope that helps and or gives you some ideas.
 

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Pigments! :D I've got Secret Weapon Burning Sands. Might be worth looking into their pigment fixer, too.
 

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Here's a pic of some mini's I did for a friend... i used secret weapon terra cotta and clay brown with some water.

Fire rep cannon! Lovely work can you be my friend and paint my metric tonne of unpainted half assembled minis?!
 

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Wow I really appreciate the help the affect on the CSM is exactly what I'm after
Cheers guys
So if I Would need to seal it after is there any good mat varnishes anyone can recommend
Yet again thanks
 

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@Oldman78: Thanks, =) I barely have time for my guys as it is, and I find it harder to sit down for large painting sessions... it took my almost 6 months to paint that hell brute and 6 or 7 marines... lol.
@Warpangel: I use liquitex gloss varnish to seal everything in (through an airbrush) then a coat of army painter Anti Shine Matt Varnish.

Hope that helps.
 

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Wow I really appreciate the help the affect on the CSM is exactly what I'm after
Cheers guys
So if I Would need to seal it after is there any good mat varnishes anyone can recommend
Yet again thanks
Yeah pigments achieve the best affect but alternatively you can get a sandy colour paint and do a very fine drybrush on the bases? There is a bit of information about it in the How to PaintCitadel Miniature book by GW if you have acces to a copy?

If you do use pigments you will need to seal it yes. I personally use Vallejo satin varnish, it seals the minis nicely without changing the actual shine of the model (unlike gloss of matte varnish)
 

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Yep all varnishes should be. In fact I do most of the time as there is less risk of any frosting than can occur by putting it through an airbrush at too high a pressure. Just make sure you wash the brushes thoroughly afterward
 
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