Noob painter here. Still waiting on my bones 3 minis. Just a quick question: Can I use MINWAX polyurethane (clear Gloss) spray as a protective coating and also for my minis to have that wet look? or will that spray make them tacky? (doing swamp/water creatures) I'll be painting up some bones, Warcraft board game minis and d&d board game minis. Thanks for any advice or suggestions. Cheers all.
Thanks for the reply. Going to start with cheapo craft paint on the board game minis. I'll post some pics when I get them done. Getting excited to paint. I've only painted the purple worm (first craft i did) and skellies. Wish me luck! Thanks again cheers!
Easy one two three four method... Prime black apply base colors to the individual parts apply a wash (heavily thinned brown paint...I mean HEAVILY) drybrush the base colors back on to their respective areas. You will be amazed at what you can do.
I've painted more than a thousand mini's using The Dip technique: Minwax Polyshades Urethane Stain -- Royal Walnut (brown, dirty looking) and Tudor (pure black shading). I paint with cheap craft paints only, covering them with The Dip... Never had issues yet with tackiness.
My suggestion is to prime with white Gesso (metal mini's only, in most cases -- see below for most plastic mini's), block paint, then apply The Dip, brushing it on, rather than dunking the figure. Remove the pooling excess either with the brush, or use the edge of a paper towel. Once dry, spray on a matte clear coat to dull the shine.
The Dip accumulates in the folds and recesses, magically. Simple block painting suddenly looks like you spent hours painting that figure, instead of the mere 10 minutes you invested... People actually told me they hated me: they spent several hours to achieve what took me 5-10 minutes... I love The Dip technique!
Do a test mini to see what you think of it. Use an Army Man(TM) test figure: just paint the bits that differ from the plastic's color to save time -- it will also demonstrate a valid technique, using a plastic figure's material color to save time -- for plastic figures, do not bother with any primer, The Dip will seal the paint in place!
I've been doing this for 20 years, and my figures look the same as when I painted them. It makes the paint bulletproof. Cheers!
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT