Painting passable figures without pain or suffering and rapidly fixing up already painted figures
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Painting passable figures without pain or suffering and rapidly fixing up already painted figures. Painting and fixing figures. Problems with commercial painted figures. Popeye! Flat, no contrast Colors too bright and toy-like or otherwise off. Bad proportions. What we really want.

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Painting passable figures without pain or suffering and rapidly fixing up already painted figures

Painting passable figures without pain or suffering and rapidly fixing up already painted figures.

Painting and fixing figures


Problems with commercial painted figures

Problems with commercial painted figures

  • Popeye!

  • Flat, no contrast

  • Colors too bright and toy-like or otherwise off.

  • Bad proportions


What we really want

What we really want

  • Shadows and contrast

  • Grungy working stiffs in messy industries

  • Faces with some character

  • Colors closer to what we like


Tools

Tools

  • Good brushes - Winsor Newton's

  • Knife, file, flush cutter and putty for figure prep

  • If you add pins, pin vise, drills Xuron cutter

  • Needle nose pliers for bending

  • Ceramic dish or CD as palette


Art of the quick fix

Art of the quick fix

  • Acrylic ink washes

  • Dry brushing

  • Judicious touchups and detailing

  • Weathering powders


Preparation

Preparation

  • Trim the flash

  • Add pins if needed

  • Fill holes or carve on problem areas

  • Prime, white grey or sometimes black


Colors

Colors

  • Advantages of working with a limited color palette

  • Colors that work we together

  • Colors that look good under our lighting


General procedure

General procedure

  • Paint in dressing order, from the skin out

  • Try to avoid painting between two already painted portions

  • Paint several figures at a time


Sloppy painting

Sloppy painting

  • Thinned acrylic paints are self shading

  • A wash of dark acrylic ink can add deep shadow detail to figures

  • Drybrushing lighter colors pops out highlights


Detail work

Detail work

  • Black lining

  • Small details


Painting and fixing figures

Eyes


Faces

Faces


Special effects

Special effects

  • Add gloss for leather or oiled hair

  • Add extra goodies using putty or paper

  • Look at some of the military modeling groups for true insanity


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