I'm a noob and have a question
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I'm a noob and have a question

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Hi guys, I'm completely new to this whole thing. I have painted a couple of my figures to change their attire etc, but to be honest they look pretty crappy when up close. So my first question is about paint, I am wanting to customise a new figure and ofcourse I'm wanting it to look as good as it can be, what suggestions do you guys have on techniques of painting? I just seem to get air bubbles and clumps and uneven paint so far and it's really bumming me out.

Second of all, I am attempting to customise a wrestling figure with hair at the moment, and the wrestler I am wanting to change him into wears a mask and has no hair.......or if he does it must be REAL short lol. The figure itself at the moment has quite short hair but it is still noticable if I were to just try and paint over it. I'm wondering if sanding the head down will work? And if so what types of techniques/materials am I to use etc? I have low funds at the moment aswell so power tools are a no no for the time being.

Any help would be much appreciated.


Thanks for reading.

Posted by mr.charisma
on Saturday, November 15, 2008
User Comments
mr.charisma -
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Ok thanks, I appreciate the advice.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, November 17, 2008
You asked innocent questions and I gave innocent answers, I'm not insulting anyone, but I can see why you say that, I can't help the way I write. o_@

I meant everything I wrote though, it's hard to explain to people how to do things like this, I mean, I can tell you to water your paint down to "the consistency slightly thicker than milk", but that doesn't help you much because you don't know how much water it takes to do that and we can't tell you exactly how much you need either because different paints have different densities or whatever

Seriously, experiment, you're going to be kind of hard-pressed if your cash is limited though, quality supplies are pricey, but luckily you'll find ways to improvise the more you customize.
mr.charisma -
Monday, November 17, 2008
I understand that it's a process of trial and error most of the time, but surely asking someone who's been through the trial and error process will only aid me to get the desired effect?

I don't appreciate the simile on sand paper by the way, I am not an idiot and do not wish to be insulted. I asked a couple of innocent questions as I am actually COMPLETELY new to this and have no experience with paint or sanding or moulding and also pretty much no funds to go all out and buy loads of different moulds, plastics, paints etc. This is something however that I would like to carry on doing as a hobby and I don't feel like your comment was the most constructive. I can only assume you felt slightly insulted by my comment on the tutorials, which was not intended to be seen that way, and was merely a point of why I asked for a more in depth response. At the end of the day, I only want a little help as I'm new to this, not hassle.
Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Well, the asking how to sand things down is like asking "how do I write with a pencil?" You just do it, there's no technique. There are different grits of sandpaper though, the smoother sandpaper is used to smooth an object while the rougher kind is used to sand away an area quickly. Use a combination that works for you.

Painting is explained pretty well, just water your paint down. It's impossible for someone to explain that any further because everyone will water it down differently to different consistencies which will need different ways of application. Like, if it's too watery then you have a wash, if it's too thick then you might be able to use it as a dry-brush, experiment, that's where all the fun is!
Dead Man -
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Glad I could help. Actually, I'm surprised I helped more than a tutorial.
mr.charisma -
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thanks a lot Dead Man, that is a really helpful reply and much appreciated. Sorry Dr.Nightmare, I did peruse the custom tutorial but found nothing specific with sanding things down OR such an in depth and helpful answer as to how to paint correctly.
Dead Man -
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Painting: Make sure your paint is well shaken or stirred first. You're not James Bond, so stirred rather than shaken isn't a big deal. Thin your paint with water a bit if you need to and use multiple thin coats of paint. Apple Barrel and Folk Art paints are fine for drybrushing but I wouldn't recommend them for the "heavy duty" work. Testors, Games Workshop, and Citadel all make good acrylic paints for customizing.

The hair issue: Sand or dremel (carefully) down. If you take too much off, you can always go back over it and shape and smooth with some Apoxie Sculpt.
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