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    Hey all me and my son just start collecting and painting minis and I joined mostly so I can track my progress. We got the starter set and starter kit and just went to town. He likes playing with them, I enjoy painting them. I have some experience with sketching but not much with painting and learning curve was pretty steep at first. I was fairly happy with the first space marine, totally unhappy with my first poxwalker, then went down the rabbit hole of mini painting resources and here I am! Am currently working on the last plague marine from the starter kit and I feel like I'm getting better and better with each fig. I still don't know how you guys get your highlights so dang fine...

    My son is dead set on getting a bloodthirster at some point so if I'm going to buy and paint a model like that figure I need to get my skills up to snuff. C&C always welcome!

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    Welcome to the addiction!
    Great start, and rest assured, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you’re finished pieces will get better and better! Advice from a fellow noob, is to search out tutorials, asks questions, and watch YouTube to learn; there is a huge resource of talent here!

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    Hi Handy! Welcome. Like DaBeebs said, just keep hanging out here There is much to be learned from the awesome people on this forum.
    That said, your minis look great! I'm still learning painting myself, so about the only tip I can give you right now is to drill those barrels, haha!

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    Welcome. Glad you’ve found the hobby & the site.
    My first piece of advice for you would be to use multiple thin layers of paint to get a smooth basecoat. Once you’ve got that down, it will be easier to start showing some volumes with your light & shade.
    Now get a brush in your son’s hand!
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    Welcome and very nice start. Just started out not too long ago myself and I can say that the folks here are very friendly and helpful. Youtube videos can be very helpful, I would suggest looking up a few of them for example:
    Vincent Venturella
    Painting Buddha
    Miniac
    OrcPainterNerd
    Warhammer TV (they can actually be helpful)
    Doctor Faust's Painting
    James Wappel (I think it is under Wappellious)
    But there are tons more that you might find helpful.

    I would also recommend (if possible) to attend a painting class if you have any gaming conventions near you. If you don't, the local GW stores usually do a paint night on Saturdays (might be different where you are) and new painters are welcome

    Otherwise, yeah painting more will get you better at it. And keep a positive attitude as you might regress a bit but if you push through it you will improve.

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    My son likes to do the weapons, which use the cool metallic paint and often stick out so the spatter is kept to a minimum. He also likes dry brushing. We just finished up the starter set and are ready to move on to what will be our main collections going forward: my son wanted to do csm/demons, and eventually I'll do custodes (about 10 years from now, given the rate of mini painting). We played a quick game with the starters and he put all the plague marines on the high ground and I remember thinking, after agonizing over touch ups and color schemes and muddy layering etc... they really do look pretty awesome on the tabletop even with their mediocre paint jobs! Also blight launches are BS.

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    Any advice on loadouts for the CSM we are doing next? Short of magnetizing, the weapon options are overwhelming us. We plan on going World Eaters eventually, so keeping them shooty and letting other units handle the melee seems to make sense. Bolters for the marines, combiplasma for the aspiring champ, and a rocket launcher in the second five man squad?

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