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    Your wet palette may not be right. It shouldn't...

    Your wet palette may not be right. It shouldn't dilute the paints (much) while painting, just stop them from drying out. You may have the sponge/paper towel too wet.

    Is the retarder to get a...
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    One method is to paint those areas first so that...

    One method is to paint those areas first so that if the brush slips, then the mistakes get painted over later

    Good luck

    John
  3. Diluted Liquitex glaze medium with water before...

    Diluted Liquitex glaze medium with water before mixing with paint - depends how thick you want your layers

    The vallejo glaze medium - depends how thick you want your layers, anything from 3 drops...
  4. I have tried the liquitex glaze medium, but find...

    I have tried the liquitex glaze medium, but find that it comes out gloss. It's also fairly thick so you have to dilute it. The Vallejo glaze medium however nails it, matt finish and just right...
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    I would only advise getting more colours based on...

    I would only advise getting more colours based on something specific you want to paint. Advice on learning to mix is sound. learning to use washes by diluting paint is a good idea. I would also...
  6. Light fastness - you would have to leave a modern...

    Light fastness - you would have to leave a modern acrylic in the sun for weeks to be able to get any fading. The artists concerns are related to 100s of years and the fact that older pigments did...
  7. What everyone else says ... I don't like...

    What everyone else says ...

    I don't like Citadel paints because of the pots they come in, I find them hard to use and the paint dries up unless you open them all up every 6 months, add a bit of...
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    I looked at the Templar Brother - I think you...

    I looked at the Templar Brother
    - I think you have done a little bit more than watch a couple of videos. Very nice work indeed
    - I didn't like the blood, particularly on his face. This is the only...
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    And wouldja believe it - they now sell "BlueMax"...

    And wouldja believe it - they now sell "BlueMax" LED bulbs, at a higher CRI. Next time I get a burned out bulb, that's what I'll get.

    One tip with all bulbs, especially LED, the cooler you can...
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    On full spectrum Check out these people...

    On full spectrum

    Check out these people...
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    People are not always consistent how they...

    People are not always consistent how they distinguish between glazing, washing and other techniques. That's in English so must be doubly confusing for others. I looked up velatura - sounds like a...
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    Wanted to add - priming is one thing where a...

    Wanted to add - priming is one thing where a youtube video is really helpful. You will be able to see just how little paint is required

    A Sandable primer is designed to fill in small surface...
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    Nice painting :) I'm nowhere near your level :( ...

    Nice painting :) I'm nowhere near your level :(

    What did you use to create the glaze ? Most glaze medium has retarder in it so needs longer to dry than normal. I would think 2 minutes not enough....
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    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/showthread.php...

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/showthread.php?63552-Comparing-Primers

    I just wrote a reply to this thread discussing (spray) primers. Let me know if that helps

    I have an airbrush, I love...
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    I use small sandwich boxes that seal very tightly...

    I use small sandwich boxes that seal very tightly (has a gasket and clips). I use the lid for the palette so you are not trying to dip deep into something. One tip I go was to treat painting and...
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    I have a different approach towards priming. A...

    I have a different approach towards priming.
    A primer for miniature painting should
    1 provide a good base for acrylic paint. Just right amount of "tooth" so it doesn't flow off (like a gloss base...
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    And I keep getting interesting ideas - thanks...

    And I keep getting interesting ideas - thanks baudot for starting this thread !!


    I think improving and painting faster are conflicting goals. I would learn to get the results you want before...
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    I disagree. The main problem with photographing...

    I disagree. The main problem with photographing minis is that lenses typically will not focus close enough. This can be solved better by using extension tubes. They can be fairly expensive for an...
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    I'm definitely learning from this thread :) I...

    I'm definitely learning from this thread :)

    I suspect the photo is most of the problem

    Why did you use a satin seal ? I think it is a big problem. If you can get it, dullcoat is wonderful. I...
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    If you have an airbrush there are lots of...

    If you have an airbrush there are lots of options. Personally I would use Vallejo surface primer

    The Vallejo matte medium won't make it any more Matt it's just creating problems.

    If the black...
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    Really good (and brave) to ask for critique. It...

    Really good (and brave) to ask for critique. It seems many people have too big an ego to listen but clearly you are listening and thinking. I would love to hear back in 6 months how you have...
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    I have hundreds of paints and honestly it's a...

    I have hundreds of paints and honestly it's a waste of money - much better to stick with just a few

    What type of paint and what colours you want is really dependent on your painting style - which...
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    How do you use Vallejo smoke ?

    I have some smoke 70-939

    Anyone have any suggestions on how best to use it ?

    It is thick and transparent so brushing it on straight leaves uneven marks.

    I know I could dilute it and use it...
  24. I would turn this around What could you...

    I would turn this around

    What could you achieve with oils that you could not with acrylics ?

    If this is worthwhile to you, then try them out. They are definitely harder to use. I don't know...
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    You didn't get any other replies so I thought I...

    You didn't get any other replies so I thought I would start

    There is a wealth of information on painting on this site, in articles and in the painting and conversions sticky links to tutorials...
  26. Hi - just saw this My experience is that the...

    Hi - just saw this

    My experience is that the depth of field is very limited - so the distance you like to work at (12" ?) is what counts.

    If you need reading glasses, then this affects the...
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    HD Dragon blue Yes, yes - totally love that...

    HD Dragon blue

    Yes, yes - totally love that colour

    I also really like the Caucasian flesh

    John
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    The HD are fine paints - I have several. They...

    The HD are fine paints - I have several. They cover better than regular MSP and behave more like Vallejo paints.

    However I do not recommend getting a set. They don't match triads and are not...
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    Agreed. Also, as a beginner (where I categorize...

    Agreed. Also, as a beginner (where I categorize myself) you tend to use higher pressures. An expensive a/b with super-fine tip can be used right up close to the model with low air pressures to get...
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    The trouble is you want something that is going...

    The trouble is you want something that is going to be accurate and easy to set between 5 and 30 psi for painting miniatures.
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    Yes the larger compressor and lower pressure...

    Yes the larger compressor and lower pressure regulator will work. Check the connector sizes, you may need an adapter and don't forget the teflon tape

    I have a small compressor that by the looks of...
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    I think synthetic brushes can be great, they...

    I think synthetic brushes can be great, they don't last very long though.
    at $15 a W&N 7 brush is possible. They are really are that good, but you have to treat them kindly
    Rosemary I would...
  33. Great thread - thanks for all the suggestions - I...

    Great thread - thanks for all the suggestions - I have some of the suggested colors but still experimenting

    @Dragonsreach - I agree - second all of those - but I haven't tried the violet red -...
  34. What is so good about deck tan ? I looked it...

    What is so good about deck tan ?

    I looked it up on the Vallejo pdf and it seems a green/grey colour

    I have some reaper paints - the leather trio I find excellent

    Thanks

    John
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    What the man says (I may have got this tip from...

    What the man says (I may have got this tip from him) VMC Ivory is a MUST have paint

    John
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    It may be that the Lowes regulator isn't great at...

    It may be that the Lowes regulator isn't great at lower pressures and that is the issue with the slow start. I always try a couple of blasts of air before running paint as well. When I started with...
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    Could you show an example ? Thanks John

    Could you show an example ?

    Thanks

    John
  38. I tried Raphael Kaerell - didn't work for me ...

    I tried Raphael Kaerell - didn't work for me

    The problem with synthetics is not how they work when new which is usually good, but how they end up after a couple of hours painting

    Rosemary for...
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    There is a lot going on in DSLR in terms of...

    There is a lot going on in DSLR in terms of colour space, RAW to jpeg conversion and so on - I suggest a book or online reading on colour management and RAW conversion. You may even need to colour...
  40. From the picture, this is the compressor I have,...

    From the picture, this is the compressor I have, which has worked perfectly over the last few months

    If a cheap airbrush isn't working right, it is hard for a first time user to figure out what is...
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    I was just about to suggest the small table .......

    I was just about to suggest the small table .... hadn't seen that guy's setup. I have an adjustable height folding table, but could really go a little higher. Raising the surface is better than...
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