Action Figure Blues Forum

The Collector's Life => The Originals - The AFB Customs Board => Topic started by: fishmilkshake on October 14, 2010, 09:32:17 pm



Title: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on October 14, 2010, 09:32:17 pm
Welcome to the Action Figure Blues "How to - Paints and painting" thread. The purpose of this thread is to try and take the knowledge our forum members have regarding the above topic and share it with others.

The index below will be added to over time as different products, techniques, ideas, etc become available. If you'd like to have something added to the thread, then please contact the moderators for details and they will ensure it gets added to the index too.

INDEX - Paints and painting

PAGE # - TOPIC


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: dozymuppet on April 19, 2011, 06:51:59 am
When dealing with yellow paint, use a white primer, such as Tamiya's "Fine Surface Primer", rather than the normal grey "Surface Primer".


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on April 19, 2011, 05:10:54 pm
When dealing with yellow paint, use a white primer, such as Tamiya's "Fine Surface Primer", rather than the normal grey "Surface Primer".

Yes, good advice. I use Citadel's "Skull White" undercoat.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: thor333us on June 07, 2011, 08:40:51 pm
I like to use flesh or really light tan for yellow.
For red, orange, or white I'll use light grey or 1 coat medium grey then 1-2 light grey if the original color is really dark.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on June 07, 2011, 10:41:33 pm
I like to use flesh or really light tan for yellow.
For red, orange, or white I'll use light grey or 1 coat medium grey then 1-2 light grey if the original color is really dark.

Good advice.

I used to undercoat all my gaming miniatures in black which was fine because most of them had dark colour schemes, but when you have to do a highlight of white or yellow it was a pain.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: FB on June 09, 2011, 06:19:07 am
Good call Thor,l always try to vary my Priming colours to suit and help to highlight whatever colours i plan to paint my piece.Especially with Customs and thin coats are so important.Makes life so much easier.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: Scotty on October 31, 2011, 05:09:06 pm
Thanks for these tips guys - helpful for this first time customiser!


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: Scotty on October 31, 2011, 05:58:13 pm
Question - for those of you that use spray paints, how long do you usually leave between coats?


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on October 31, 2011, 08:53:59 pm
Question - for those of you that use spray paints, how long do you usually leave between coats?

24 hours if the weather is nice and warm. Longer if it's humid.

However, if I get good coverage with the first coat I don't do a second one. I might spray a figure in stages (such as legs first), but rarely go over an area more than once if it looks good.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: Stars on October 31, 2011, 09:03:57 pm
I use Testors Flat white for all base undercoats. It has better resistance to scratching than Games Workshop/Citadel Skull White.

Also, I only use Games Workshop/Citadel for fleshtones and I mix them with Testors Flat White for better coverage and scratch resistance.

Stars


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: JackKnight on October 31, 2011, 09:11:54 pm
I melt down crayola crayons and then use my fingers.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: FB on November 01, 2011, 07:03:14 am
Oh dear!


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on November 01, 2011, 03:58:14 pm
I use Testors Flat white for all base undercoats. It has better resistance to scratching than Games Workshop/Citadel Skull White.

Also, I only use Games Workshop/Citadel for fleshtones and I mix them with Testors Flat White for better coverage and scratch resistance.

Stars

I can't find Testors acrylics anywhere in Oz (Let alone the undercoat). I have seen the Tamiya undercoat here though.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: TotalToyz on November 01, 2011, 07:51:08 pm
Well, the sun'll come out Tamiya.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on November 02, 2011, 04:50:24 pm
Well, the sun'll come out Tamiya.

*groan*

As a wee lad I always thought it was pronounced TAM-EE-YA. Then many years later learned it was TA-MAY-YA


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: TotalToyz on November 02, 2011, 08:22:40 pm
Let's call the whole thing off.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on November 03, 2011, 12:12:32 am
Let's call the whole thing off.

Pressure getting to you?  :D


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: Scotty on November 03, 2011, 02:12:30 am
Let's call the whole thing off.

Pressure getting to you?  :D

Don't think so, since he's already submitted his entry.  :P


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: FB on November 03, 2011, 05:59:55 am
I have seen the Tamiya undercoat here though.

That's what i use,never had a drama with it.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: TotalToyz on November 03, 2011, 07:25:05 am
Let's call the whole thing off.

Pressure getting to you?  :D

No; it was a reference to an old song. You say TAM-EE-YA, I say TA-MAY-YA...


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on November 03, 2011, 03:51:12 pm
Speaking of paints, has anyone tried the Tamiya superfine undercoat?


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: RafiS on November 27, 2011, 03:12:19 am
Wow - I've just signed up - been wanting to get into customising / painting for MOTUC figures. This is such a great resource you guys. Thanks so much....hopefully a lot more questions coming you way about painting.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on November 27, 2011, 03:18:28 am
Wow - I've just signed up - been wanting to get into customising / painting for MOTUC figures. This is such a great resource you guys. Thanks so much....hopefully a lot more questions coming you way about painting.

No probs.

Start yourself a custom thread in the custom board and fire away as many questions as you like. There's some pretty talented people around these parts and they'll be happy to answer 'em  :)


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: FB on February 27, 2012, 05:57:49 am
I'm not sure if i mentioned this but after 13's recommendations i decided to try out some of Vallejo's Acrylic Paints.Very impressed i have to say,great consistency,mixes and thins really easy as well.Great variety of colours too which is always a bonus and some good mixed sets which is how i purchased mine.

Will definitely continue using them from now on. [thumbs up]


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on February 27, 2012, 03:24:56 pm
I'm not sure if i mentioned this but after 13's recommendations i decided to try out some of Vallejo's Acrylic Paints.Very impressed i have to say,great consistency,mixes and thins really easy as well.Great variety of colours too which is always a bonus and some good mixed sets which is how i purchased mine.

Will definitely continue using them from now on. [thumbs up]

Pretty cool.

Its interesting that people will swear by a particular brand and never sway. I'll try anything once  ;D


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: FB on February 28, 2012, 05:58:42 am
Yeah definitely,it's worth experimenting with different Brands.I use all sorts that i find are useful for specific applications,always have.But these Vallejo's are definitely going to be my basic"go to"Paints now.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: JQ3x29yz4a on December 30, 2013, 08:16:06 pm
Does anyone here use Citadel paints, and how do you feel about their propensity for drying out? I've seen just as many complaints online about how the plastic pots with flip lids make them dry faster as I've seen people swearing up and down that they never dry out. I've had a complete set of them for many years and it's frustrating that some stay nice and fresh, some can be resuscitated with some water and some have turned to dry hard plastic.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: fishmilkshake on December 31, 2013, 12:00:32 am
Does anyone here use Citadel paints, and how do you feel about their propensity for drying out? I've seen just as many complaints online about how the plastic pots with flip lids make them dry faster as I've seen people swearing up and down that they never dry out. I've had a complete set of them for many years and it's frustrating that some stay nice and fresh, some can be resuscitated with some water and some have turned to dry hard plastic.

As rarely as possible. They're complete assholes. Their prices go up and the volume of paint goes down. I use them if I need a specific colour that's spot on and saves me having to mix large quantities. I'm sick to death of them drying out. I've got Tamiya and Gunje Sangyo (Mr Hobby) that are ten years old and are fine. The latter has pigment that settles, but a quick stir with a toothpick and you're off and running again.

I'll use Tamiya for virtually everything that I can. That said, I can't find Testors Model Masters acrylics in Australia that Stars swears by.


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: dozymuppet on January 04, 2014, 07:03:41 pm
I don't understand how the citadel paints work. Might be because they're dry to start with  :P


Title: Re: How to - Paints and painting
Post by: Errex on May 24, 2017, 11:51:34 am
REcently, I bought a Jace Beleren figure from Funko's Magic: The Gathering line. The specific issue with this character is that the eye paint job is uniformly atrocious on all the batch of figures produced, which brings me to the point of a refresher course on how to properly paint eyes on an action figure, aided by the following pictures:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Errex/Custom%20Shop/OPCIONES%20JB_zpsunyn7vgs.jpg)

These portraits illustrate the available options to fix the dead stare of the original paint job. In all of them would be necessary to have some separation between the white line running down his cheek and the white of the eye, giving it a better definition.

In picture 1, we start with a thin black line atop the eye and a solid black iris. Note that the iris touches the upper line and barely reaches the bottom of the lower eyelid.

In picture 2, a small dab of blue is applied onto the black  to simulate a colored iris, with a tiny dot of black applied for the pupil.

Picture 3 shows a solid blue iris with a black pupil as well as a small white highlight applied just above and to the side of it. I find this to look rather anime-like, but could work for this character.

Picture 4 is just the laziest solution, but fit for a M:TG mage. On this, the whole eye is painted blue and then given a light blue "pupil" to simulate a glowing eye.