So that was a quick introduction to D&D Painting and how I painted my first mini for the kids. If you want to know more about painting miniatures in general and perhaps share some of your tips with other painters maybe read on. If you want to know what I think are the best paints to use then read on. If you want to know which medium is best to use then check out my article on that subject. That’s all for now article D&D Painting hope it helps you all through your painting experience.
See you later in another article on D&D Painting. For today’s article I am going to explain a couple of things when using paint spraying. Some of these things are just common sense but others may surprise you. First rule when using paint spraying is always hold back on the air flow to avoid getting paint on your cloths and non-painted surfaces. It is best to do your painting in an open area to avoid this. Second thing to remember when using paint spraying is to keep your palette at a good distance from the surface you are painting.
This is important because you don’t want to touch the paint to your cloth or whatever surface you are painting with. You can mix your colors if you do this, but I suggest not doing it unless you know what you are doing. Also, I prefer to do my painting on a clean cloth rather than a used one, so if you are painting with some used paint don’t use it.
Ok, let’s get started. You are going to have to get something to work on. Try to find a workable piece of cloth that will work as a base for your paint. If you can find a good cloth it is a lot easier to paint with. I use black and white cotton cloths for rough surfaces. I find them cheap and they hold up pretty well.
Get some primer and paint your object. Make sure to prime before you start painting anything. If you run into problems, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are plenty of hobby stores that have people who can help you out.
Once you are done with an object and it is dry, get some more primer on it and put another coat of black on top. Let it dry and give it another round of sanding. Then you can do the final layer of paint. The reason you need to dry it off is because the last thing you want to do is get it wet and start peeling it off.
Once you are done with all of your painted items, wipe them down with a cloth. This helps give them that nice smooth finish that so many painters are after. If you are using tape, then carefully peel it off and then just use a dry cloth to clean it off. You may also have to use a primer before you use a clear coat, or you might need to use a colored one. Using a colored primer will give you a better shine on your paint.
Before you let your paints dry, use a hair dryer to get them nice and soft. Another great tip is to let them air dry for a day. That way you won’t have to worry about them stiffening up while they are still in the air. It is also much easier to work with once they are warm.
One other important part of painting miniatures is hand washing. This can really take the hassle out of painting as well. When you wash your hands with soap, you don’t have to worry about it getting onto the painted items, which is a huge concern with using different types of paints. Also washing your hands before you paint will make it much easier to bond the paint to your miniatures. Plus you won’t risk scratching the paint off with dirty hands.
As you probably know, most hobby stores won’t sell paint. Instead they will usually sell an array of brushes and paint swabs for you to use. Make sure you pick up a nice assortment of both so you can switch out the ones you don’t need quite often.
D&D painting isn’t for everyone. Some people simply don’t have the patience to do so well their first time using a paint brush. Others may be afraid of heights or things like that. Whatever the reason is, there are plenty of options out there for those who wish to create their own miniatures. The best advice I can give anyone thinking about this hobby is to simply get started and don’t look back.