Base coating

I managed to get some airbrushing and detail brushing done last night and it felt great! It has been quite a while since I painted the last time but most techniques just stay in memory once you have learned them; “A moment to learn, a lifetime to master”. I am far from mastering anything about painting miniature models but I am eager to learn.

I used my airbrush to put down three coats of paint and then I painted the eyes with a regular ‘fine detail’ brush. Here is the recipe:

  1. Prime the whole model with Vallejo Surface Primer Black (74602).
  2. Add Vallejo Surface Primer Grey (74601) from above at a 45 degree angle to – hopefully – add a little depth.
  3. Base coat the whole model with Vallejo Model Air Aged White (71132). This will be the colour of the armour.
  4. Use a fine detail brush to paint the eyes red with a very watered down Citadel Mephiston Red. A few thin layers should do the trick. Clean up any excess with some Vallejo Model Air Aged White (71132).

A good thing with Vallejo’s primers and the ‘Model Air’ colour-range is that they are ready to be airbrushed straight out of the bottle, without the need of getting thinned down. They also come in drop down bottles which makes it easy to put paint in the cup of the airbrush. Additionally, from my experience, Vallejo paint tend to react on airbrush thinner far better than the ones from Citadel, making it more simple to clean the brush afterwards.

I prefer drilling a small hole in the foot of the miniature I am going to paint, insert a paperclip with some super glue and then stick it in cork in order to have better control over it. Since I have only ten cork stoppers and fourteen models to paint I will have to go over these steps once more after the current batch is done.

This is how far I got last night before I felt to tired to continue and headed over to bed.



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Posted: August 28, 2016


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