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1st figure of knight templar

Discussion in 'Just starting...' started by slimreverend, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. slimreverend New Member

    Hi Everyone.
    i am in the process of building the pegaso mounted knight xiii and am getting close to beginning to paint. I have no experience using metal or the different types of paint associated with it. Before starting to paint, i need to work out wether to paint the red cross on the shield and cloak, or use decals which can be purchased from a hobby store. With plastic models,of which I am used to, the normal procedure would be to paint the model, seal it with a gloss sealer, apply the decals, then reseal with a matt sealer. Does the same apply to metal minutures, or is it normal not to seal the model when it is finished.
    (I would have chosen a easier model to start with, but it was a gift from my wife). I feel totally out of my depth, but hopefully most of my painting issues can be answered by reading the threads of other newcommers.
    any advise would be really appreciated
  2. Maglar Member

    Hi Mike, metal should handle any paint like any other material. Sand your imperfections, prime it, then paint away. As for decals, I havent used many decals with figures but I do use the gloss cote on my aircraft. On my spartan hoplite I applied the decal without a cote of anything and it looked fine but you could if you wanted. Hope this helps..

  3. Tommi A Fixture

    Hello Michael
    Welcome to the planet. You would be better to paint your crosses rather than use decals; l gives a more realistic overall effect. If you do not feel confident enough to try this yet you can always use a heraldry stencil/template which can be applied to give you a perfect shape of the cross you need, you just need to paint the shape after with your detail, highlights and shading, they can be obtained from the web site below in the online shop link. Good luck with your painting and please post up your results on here.

    Hope this helps
  4. slimreverend New Member

    Hi Tommi
    Had a look on the link you supplied. The stencils look great so I will order a set. I had never seen anything like them before, as we are pretty much limited up here for supplies or advice. I will definately post pics etc as I progress so I can get feedback on how to improve.
  5. Tommi A Fixture

    Hello Mike
    There is a great wealth of knowledge and inspirational painters on the forum that are only too willing to help guide you in the right direction, good luck with your figure and keep us posted on your progress.
  6. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Welcome Michael!

    If resources are limited in your part of the world, you'll find that they gang on here are friendly and helpful!

    Could you post a pic or two of the kit in the raw? (un-assembled, partially, etc) as that would help us give you some ideas. What plastic models do you build? (This will help with ideas that may cross over)

    For metal sanding, I ended up giving a final polish with a some very fine steel wool, the type found in a hardware store, not the kitchen accessory aisle. If you need the grade, I may have to check, but it gives a wonderful base for painting/ priming

    What paints do you normally use? Acrylics, Enamels, Oils etc?

    As for finishing sealing the model, the end approach is defined by what areas you will do what with.
    Its your figure, in your display area, so if you want to paint him up in your favourite team colours, that's ok! :D;)

    I am in NW Tassie, so here is where I check in for advice, feedback and tips....I am the president (and sole member) of the Cooee Historical Figure Modeling Society, because there is bugger all in the way of handy references......

    Welcome aboard, no question too silly or dumb!


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