Happy New Year
To all the lost and damned, I want to wish you all a very merry holiday season. Since I couldn't buy you all a present, I thought I would post a list of things I have learned, sometimes the hard way, that might help others. If you have a tip as well, add it to the list.
Just the other day, I sprayed FLAT top coat on a custom bike i was building (28mm of coarse), when it dawned on me, i had spent the last week, painting a cool flame pattern in GLOSS paint....opps!
Lesson learned: pay attention...lol... and always match your top coat, with your paint. I know it seems obvious, but we all slip up.
Never use a dull hobby knife.....ever. Don't be cheap, because you will pay for it later. Also carve AWAY from yourself always
You can always add more paint, but it's a bitch, cleaning up a rushed paint job.
Gurilla super glue is so much better then regular super glue. someone finally figured out you don't want to put powerfull glue in a cheap little tube.
If you don't already have a paint journal, get one. There is nothing more frustrating then trying to re match a custom paint color. Remember paint always looks a little darker when wet. write the color mix ratios down and paint a little swatch as well in your journal. It also will help you figure out what quantities of paint you will need for a big job.
Don't be afraid to branch out. If your a sci fi player, paint up some fantasy pieces to keep your style loose. Vice versa for you fantasy players.... don't be afraid of the las gun!
Build some terrain, then build some more....keep building and you will see that every piece keeps getting better!
keep your area free of hair if you have animals... I paint on wax paper. There hair is like little ninja's, getting all over your wet paint, as if drawn by some majical force.
Spray paint works well, but always start further back, and work your way forward. Also don't breeth it, you'll get a tumor and die....
If you can find a big lid, from a box or something, that makes a great baseing station, as you can freely poor water/glue bassing material inside the box, and not have to worry about a spill/ big clean job after.
Finally don't be afraid of your imagination. If you think it would look cool, there is always a way to build/ paint it.
If you don't reach, you will never see how far you can take it. use the internet/hooby store/friends/enemies/pets/strangers off the street, for advice and technical help.
Hope this helps...