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    Hi all ,it would be intreasting to know how many of you out there still paint there minis in artist oils, i do, but i come from the old school of painters, i love oils for nmm they are the best by far! its just getting to grips with there slow drying! be great to know from anyone!

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    i have tried and enjoyed but need more practice to get good results. only used it on larger stuff

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    Oil paint, especially just oil paint, is a hard sell for mini painting since avoiding texture is one of the significant issues with oils. Plus of course acrylic/vinyl paint allows one to paint continuously without waiting for undercoats or adjacent areas to dry.

    As far as the drying time of oils goes, speed-drying with a hotbox or crockpot etc. is the way to go - also helps ensure a matt finish without the need for varnish or additives.

    Einion

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    Hi all
    yes oils do take a bit of getting use to and yes einion i use them diluted! not straight from the tube! ive painted with oils for some years now , so iam used to there slower drying times ! i use said crock pot /slow cooker to dry my paints! works for me! also you can realy get some cool colour mixes with oils
    cheers guys & girls: Gerry.

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    does thinning help with the texture issue? i find them great for fabrics where texture helps but no good for stuff like skin

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    no good for skin! are you mad? ;):D
    yeah, you do need to thin them, they are brilliant for doing fleshtones, applied over a suitable acrylic base

    this skin is oils(not the green)


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    yeah but he\'s not exactly your average 28mm model is he? cheat! big models are lovely in oils, i have an 80-odd mm death dealer statue that is prepainted that is shouting for a decent paintjob (or half decent at least!). why didnt you do the green with oils?

    obviously there is always a chance of the colour spilling into anther area. if you want to paint that area in acrylic, is there anything you can do?

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    Control of your paints in any mediums important! i use bog standard artist white spirit for thinning i paint straight on the white i sometime undercoat in acylics, thin your oils down to about milk thickness, remember a little goes a long way, as for the paint finish issue, just go over the area when nearly dry with a squirrel hair brush removes all brush mark making the finish super smooth . any type of paint put on thick will create ridges and unsightly brush marks! acrylics included! oils are great for skin tones on any scale!( wish i had a digi camera!) cheers all!:P

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    I just started with oils for shading/blending, and they work good. Thinning them makes sense, as with any medium.
    Are there not additives that allow oil to dry more quickly?

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    Originally posted by freakinacage
    yeah but he\'s not exactly your average 28mm model is he? cheat! big models are lovely in oils, i have an 80-odd mm death dealer statue that is prepainted that is shouting for a decent paintjob (or half decent at least!). why didnt you do the green with oils?

    obviously there is always a chance of the colour spilling into anther area. if you want to paint that area in acrylic, is there anything you can do?
    dullcote once the oils are cured :D

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    Originally posted by freakinacage
    obviously there is always a chance of the colour spilling into anther area. if you want to paint that area in acrylic, is there anything you can do?
    Liquid masking fluid. Laytex you, paint it on let it dry (hairdryer), paint away to your hearts content. When the paints dry peel it off.

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    i have 2 bottles of that stuff and oddly didnt think of it!

    thanks for all the help fellas

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    Originally posted by Radio
    Are there not additives that allow oil to dry more quickly?
    Yes, but better for a couple of reasons to rely on heating.

    Einion

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    Originally posted by Dragonsreach
    Originally posted by freakinacage
    obviously there is always a chance of the colour spilling into anther area. if you want to paint that area in acrylic, is there anything you can do?
    Liquid masking fluid. Laytex you, paint it on let it dry (hairdryer), paint away to your hearts content. When the paints dry peel it off.
    lol! only works if you have control over the brush when you paint that on!

    seriously though, there are times when it is easier to be neat on one surface than another, so then its a fine tip.

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    Originally posted by cybersquig
    Originally posted by Dragonsreach
    Originally posted by freakinacage
    obviously there is always a chance of the colour spilling into anther area. if you want to paint that area in acrylic, is there anything you can do?
    Liquid masking fluid. Laytex you, paint it on let it dry (hairdryer), paint away to your hearts content. When the paints dry peel it off.
    lol! only works if you have control over the brush when you paint that on!
    Sharp X-Acto is your friend.......Except if you\'re an EMO of course. lol

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    Originally posted by freakinacage
    yeah but he\'s not exactly your average 28mm model is he? cheat! big models are lovely in oils, i have an 80-odd mm death dealer statue that is prepainted that is shouting for a decent paintjob (or half decent at least!). why didnt you do the green with oils?

    obviously there is always a chance of the colour spilling into anther area. if you want to paint that area in acrylic, is there anything you can do?
    well, it was my first serious attempt, it was a commission and would be used for gaming so I thought acrylic would be better on the lower as that\'s where it\'s more likely to be picked up

    I did the horse on Sister Christina in oils that\'s a bit smaller
    (bigger pic: http://www.coolminiornot.com/57787 )

    I quite like working with them

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    i have to admit, that i am keen to do more now! out with the jmd demon methinks!

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