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« 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.

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« Reply #1 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".
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« Reply #2 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.
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« Reply #3 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.
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« Reply #4 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.
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« Reply #5 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.
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2011, 05:09:06 pm »

Thanks for these tips guys - helpful for this first time customiser!
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« Reply #7 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?
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« Reply #8 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.
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« Reply #9 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.

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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2011, 09:11:54 pm »

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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2011, 07:03:14 am »

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« Reply #12 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.

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I can't find Testors acrylics anywhere in Oz (Let alone the undercoat). I have seen the Tamiya undercoat here though.
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2011, 07:51:08 pm »

Well, the sun'll come out Tamiya.
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2011, 04:50:24 pm »

Well, the sun'll come out Tamiya.

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