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oil painting starters
England - West Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: April 29, 2011
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 07:29 AM UTC
Just starting my first project, JMD's Crusader Knight. Now when I came to buy some windsor and newton oil paints, I found all differenet types. I'm guessing that the type you use is all personal choice, are the Winton type okay?. Also do you dilate the oils with water?.

Never used oil paints before so some tips would be helpful.

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Croatia Hrvatska
Joined: February 13, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 08:01 AM UTC
James, here are some tutorials from Historicus Forma that could be useful:

Basics of Oil Painting

Mixing Oil Paints

Mixing Oil Pains 2

Painting Faces with Oils

United States
Joined: September 22, 2010
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 09:26 AM UTC
Winsor/Newton has great stuff....I've got a BUNCH of their oils in my paint box...don't know what other brands are available in the UK, but here in the states we have many choices, among which are Rembrandt; Blockx; Grumbacher (including the so-called 'Student' series); Gamblin (who produce a 'chromatic black'; Van Gogh, Lukas (the latter makes water mixable oils); and Daniel Smith...I've got all of these among my paints - I use whatever works, color wise....no ONE manufacturer has a 'lock' on quality for our purposes...I'm self-taught - the only 'instruction' I ever had was by picking the brains of some of the best painters in the hobby: Andre Koribanics, Phil Kessling, the late Robert C Knee Jr, Keith Kowalski and Larry Munne...the best way to learn is to paint and read anything related to the hobby that you can find...A GREAT book (long out of print) is Bob Knee's "Color Theory and Application" Published by R&K Productions in Agoura, CA, USA. Another series to look for is art instruction books published by Watson-Guptil and a book (in a series) called "Color Mixing Recipes" by William F Powell, published by Walter Foster (www.walterfoster.com) I would definitely try to find the Knee book either on flEa-Bay or at one of Blighty's numerous Model & figure shows...the yearly Model Engineer Show at Folkstone comes to mind...Hope this is of help.

Barcelona, Spain / Espaņa
Joined: August 31, 2005
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Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 01:28 AM UTC

I jumped into oil recently and I must say it changed my painting horizon.
I use a Winsor and Newton series particularly adapted to the figure painting.
It(s called "Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyd Quick Dry Oils". When it dries it's usually less shiny than tradionnal oil.
One important criteria for selecting your oil is the fineness of the pigment. The more they are the better it is for details and effects on small scale.