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Kisifer
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 02:30 PM UTC
Hello All,

I'm sure that between us, there are quite a few mini figure painters, from whome I'm asking their opinion.
I'm thinking to purchase a few minis to paint whenever I want to have a brake from the historical miniatures that I usually paint. So I'm asking, Where shall I start from? What figure are good for a start? Is oil painting convinient for minis painting? What about the bases?
Lots of questions look for the right answers
Thank you all in advance.

Xenofon
insolitus
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 02:44 PM UTC
How do you mean Xeno? Do you mean minis like Game Workshop stuff, or something else? Perhaps I can help you...
Graywolf
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 03:30 PM UTC
Kisifer,my friend,
I think you mean 28 mm figures as minis and if so Andreas(insolitus) can help you great as an expert on this scale. I also paint some Gamesworkshop figures when I get bored painting 54 or 90 mms. There are some historic,futuristic or fantastic figures in this scale.i like to paint GW warhammer 40 k space marine figures . they can be painted in same paints we use in bigger scales but some different techniques and tips can be useful.as for the space marines please see this link for a start and left column can help you on what are they and how can be painted.
here is a few space marines i painted;



bestest regards
Kisifer
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 03:39 PM UTC
Yes, Andreas, that's what I meant. Sorry for not being clear with my questions

I meant Games Workshop stuff, Rackham etc etc.

Xenofon
insolitus
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 06:38 PM UTC
Now that is a wonderful path to walk my friend!
Sadly, the only company making 28mm figs that I have much experience of is Games Workshop, I have never really got hold of many figures from other companies due to different reasons. But my hands always want to reach for a paintbrush when I see a Rackham piece They are wonderful sculpts, even if I sometimes do not like the way they are painted in their catalouge...

Anyway, to answer your questions Kisifer, if you find a shop selling GW figs you will always find at lest one you think is intresting, their range is like everyone know, huge! These are also the ones wich are easiest to get hold of. Just take one you like how it looks, do not care about faction, name or anything like that if you do not want to... The big problems with GW is that their figs are priced depending on how valuable it is in the games, wich mean that even some of the smaller figs can be quite expensive...

I have no experience at all with painting figs with oil paint so I canot really help you with this one. However, if I understand how people generally paint with oils I think it would be too fiddly on most parts of the fig, except for large coats and such elements. Acrylics is probably the way to go, but I guess that is up to personel preferences mostly.

Do the base on a mini fig as you do it on an historical miniature, just remember that if it is scifi or fantasy, it does not have to look real, just cool! :-)
This is of course correct for the whole miniature. Even though there are some general painting guidlines for some factions in some games, and of course that orcs are green , there is no correct OD or dunkelgelb...hehe

Hmm...went much text... Hope something is of intrest for you!

Ps. Expert on 28mm, Engin? Ahh...me like compliments...
Kisifer
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 - 07:11 PM UTC
Thanks a lot for the useful information. I will look through ebay for a few cheap GW figures and give them a try Cheers.

Xenofon