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New to Figures need paint help

Postby Cloud 9nd » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:36 pm

Hello, I want to start off with this palce is amazing.

I am new to painting figures.
I am getting an airbrush kit and I can paint, but I do need to know how to pick the proper colors for action figures. For instance I am going to repaint the large 31" superman figure, so what is a good paint for the rubberish figure?

1. Is Acrylic paint what I need for it?
2. How do you guys know the color codes? I want to make him the 1980's superman movie colors. (not sure version # movie but 1980's for sure)
3. Tamiya or testors, or somethign else?
3. What primers or can I use Krylon ina can primer?


Thanks for any and all help/ ideas.
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Re: New to Figures need paint help

Postby Pock63 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:28 pm

Most of your paint questions can be answered here in the commonly asked questions thread. viewtopic.php?f=15&t=41631 if there's anything your still wondering feel free to ask.
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Re: New to Figures need paint help

Postby Cloud 9nd » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:52 pm

Pock63 wrote:Most of your paint questions can be answered here in the commonly asked questions thread. viewtopic.php?f=15&t=41631 if there's anything your still wondering feel free to ask.


Thank you, so I forgot to ask would the superheros usually be flat or gloss figures? Meaning the older color ones, not the new dark color spiderman and superman stuff.
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Re: New to Figures need paint help

Postby Patraw » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:13 am

Figures generally look more realistic with a flat/matte finish. I generally avoid a high gloss finish unless the character is supposed to be slimy, wet, shiny, etc. That said, it's not uncommon to make parts of a superhero or superheroine's costume glossy, to provide some areas of contrast (i.e., you could make a Superman with shiny boots, shorts/belt, and symbol contrasted with a matte bodysuit). Alternatively, a good compromise between the two extremes is a satin finish (not as shiny as gloss, but not flat either, kind of a light sheen).
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