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M.Brindos

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For those of you who are new to the world of figure painting I thought I'd write up a quick tutorial just to help you guys get started.

First thing to understand is that painting figures is no different from painting anything else.

The fist step is the easiest and most skipped step I see often; Seam lines.
The first thing people will notice when building any model is seam lines or flash that has not been completely removed. Seam lines need to be cleaned off and sink holes need to be filled. If you take the time to properly prepare your figure before painting it, then your results will be cleaner and the process from this point forward will be easier.

Drill a small hole in a foot, or if the figure is sitting, in the bum. Anywhere where you may eventually attach the figure to a model or a base. Insert a pin or toothpick (frill pick/ cocktail stick) This will keep your fingers off of the work you will be doing and make things easier when clear coating your work later.

Primer! A good cote of primer will show you any mistakes or flaws in the figure before you begin painting. There are many good primers out there specifically for modelling, but I find it easier to buy rattle cans of Rustoleum or Krylon with the "Bonds with Plastic" on the label. These are tough paints that dry fast and if cured for over 12 hours will stick very well to your figure. They are also easily and readily available nearly everywhere that has a paint section.


Clean seams and a good primer are the best way to begin.

The next step is blocking. Blocking is the process by which you color in all of the details. Faces painted a flesh color, harnesses painted tan, uniforms painted green, etc. This is just adding your basic colors to the figure.


Good clean blocking is your foundation. Once you have this down moving on to other techniques is easier.

Clear your work. This is your "save" button guys. Once you get your blocking finished you want to save your work before moving on to other things.


I've cleared this figure in a semi gloss only for the contrast of sheen. You'll want to clear your work with a dull or flat finish.

That's it. Just getting this much done is where you start. Washes, filters, detailing the face are the next things you get into. But without a good foundation these other techniques will not shine as well as you want them to. So concentrate on clean seams and good blocking first. You can actually use these basics for your dioramas with figures that are just cleanly represented and still score high marks with your models.

Nothing brings down an excellent finish on a model more than a sloppy figure in the middle of it. This is why most guys shy away from figures, but its really not hard at all. Like everything else its just a matter of practice and you will soon find out figures are not so hard after all. They're actually one of the easiest parts of modelling in my opinion.

I will follow this small tutorial up with some more tips and tricks once I document more of them. But I thought it would be nice to start with the basics first.  [smile]
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OMG I am so glad that you posted this Mike..very well done and easy to understand! MORE MORE MORE..........thanks!
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M.Brindos

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I'm working on it Ted.   [smile]
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TedUSA

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I'm working on it Ted.   [smile]


thank you. I am going to have several figures in my GB diorama and this will be the first time for me to do figure paint on 1/48 scale figures besides a pilot who has on a helmet and visor and is under a canopy! No hiding this time!

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M.Brindos

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I'll try to pick up the pace for you my friend.  [smile]
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I'll try to pick up the pace for you my friend.  [smile]


that would be great but I know you have other important priorities. Just do things according to true importance of course. thank you

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Thank you Mike for this great intro. Would love to learn more :-)
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Thanks for posting that. Hope to see some more.
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I hope you can get the pictures fixed for this tutorial Mike as I would like to improve my figure painting too [smile]
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Yep! I need help in this area too.

Possibly do another tutorial?

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Also I would love to be able to paint 1/48 figures a bit more realistically than my current ones but I would also love to learn how to do bigger busts etc.

There's a few large figures I really fancy building

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