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Practice Pieces - How to learn?
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Victoria, Australia
Member Since: August 17, 2009
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Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2011 - 10:22 AM UTC
You are asking about vinyl kits, aren't you?

either way, invest in a kit that wont distress you too much if you have to write it off.

Prep is always the same when painting; clean with warm soapy water and a toothbrush (and not the toothbrush that goes back in a mouth)

Let dry.

Prime the figure with a good primer (research this for your needs)

Apply paints as needed. For larger figures (and please define large, it varies from person to person) you can lay down coats with either a airbrush or aerosol spray can.

If worst gets to worst, then you can strip the paints off many a figure with stuff like disinfectant, oven cleaner (harsh) or some other cleaning solutions....

Once stripped, clean again, re-prime, and practice again.

Take photos, so you can see where you came from, and how you have improved (and trust me, with practice, you will)

Pick a subject that interests you - it will be give a greater sense of accomplishment, rather then 'just some kit'

My first figure, a bust in 1/9 scale, I think I painted, primed, and stripped about 4 times before I was happy....

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Virginia, United States
Member Since: May 02, 2011
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Posted: Monday, May 02, 2011 - 01:25 PM UTC
you should be able to find some reasonable stuff there
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Wojewodztwo Podkarpackie, Poland
Member Since: December 05, 2007
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Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 01:54 AM UTC
Well, the price of figures is the factor that pushes me away from this subject - having one figure, 28mm scale in one hand and set of 4 1/35 figures in the other hand, both in the same price I always choose 1/35 plastics... simple economy...
Do you know of some companies offering plastic (white metal and resin are far more expensive) figures of fantasy/sf figures - scale 1/35 and bigger?
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Kansas, United States
Member Since: November 18, 2003
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 08:22 AM UTC
Honestly Mike, I would start out buying the old Glenco paratrooper and frogman kits and start from there. I'm not sure how much figure painting you've done in the past, but it has been my experience that it's best to start small (and cheap) and develop from there. I started out with a bunch of Warhammer figures I bought next for nothing and I've recently dabbled with the 1/16th Tamiya figures. If you are really starting out for the first time, I would suggest purchasing one of many books on figure painting that are very useful and provide useful information along with the asking all sorts of questions here at MG and the figures page. This place is a wellspring of talent and you can't go wrong. As far as my abilities...I figure I have reached the level of.....assistant novice.

Best of luck!
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Ohio, United States
Member Since: August 15, 2007
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 - 01:32 PM UTC
What are your tips on learning to paint larger Creatures, Monsters and Heroes? They are generally larger and ( I think ) require a much more skilled approach to painting to get proper blends and a good finish.

What would you recommend a beginner learn on? Surely not $50.00 kits.