In this article you will learn how to paint small objects such as models or miniatures like the famous Warhammer.
To learn this technique well we need to have the necessary tools and space. The most important tools are the brushes. Normally, several brushes are necessary as each one is used to paint a specific area. The most important brushes are:
1. This brush is intended for painting flat surfaces in a single colour. Useful for spot colours.
2. As we can see its tip is very thin. It is intended for to colour details that would be inaccessible with other brushes. For example, we can use it on eyes, pendants, nails, etc.
3. Blunt brush used for to make the colour mixtures and thus to get new ones.
4. Broad-tipped brush. Used for painting rough surfaces such as capes, armour, etc.
5. Blunt brush. Intended for finishing off the primer (first layer that is completely black) of the models in inaccessible places.
6. Very blunt brush. It serves the same purpose as the previous one.
7. Metal brush. Replaces blunt brush on metallic surfaces. This is achieved by cutting the threads of the tip in a straight line.
8. Brush for non-metallic objects.
The next step is to learn the painting techniques. The most important is that of flat colours. This method consists of painting an entire surface in the same colour without worrying about the effects of light (shadow, light, etc.). Here the brush number 1 is very useful. In the following image we can see a model painted with flat colours:
By using this technique we have to be careful that no lumps of paint appear.. This is avoided by taking a little paint each time you are going to apply it and spreading it perfectly before taking more. It is also useful to mix the paint with a little (very little) water for a better application.
An effect that enhances the spot colour technique is that of the dry brush for which the last brushes on the list are useful. It consists of taking a brush with stiffer than normal threads and dipping it in paint. Then, using a napkin, we unload some paint and start to make quick strokes on the textures of our models. This causes only the protrusions of the model to be painted and gives a shadow effect. This should always be done before painting the rest of the model as we will surely dirty unwanted areas. Here we see the effect applied on the roughness of a sheet of paper:
As you can see, there is not much science to painting models. be careful.