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So where to begin

Discussion in 'Just starting...' started by Warren Starrett, Aug 30, 2020.

  1. Warren Starrett New Member

    Hi all

    As you know I am new here and when I came onboard to let you all know about my Golden Sprue Awards project, having a look around here has certainly sparked my interest in Figure Modelling.

    I have been a scale modeller since 1977 and have shyed away from Figure Painting as I wouldn't consider hand painting to be a particular skill I have and have always felt a bit daunted by it.

    In pulling together my project I have come across some new brands in all modelling genres as well as communities and in the time I have been here I have admired some of the beautiful work you all have.

    So can you help me as I would love to explore this more.

    As a beginner what do you recommend as regards to manufacturers, I will probably have a preference towards fantasy subjects rather than military figures.

    Then tools of the trade, the majority of my huge collection of paint is geared towards airbrushing so is there a particular brand that you would recommend for a beginner

    Any other tips you can throw my way will be greatly appreciated.

  2. DEL A Fixture

    Hello Warren. Regarding manufacturers the list is pretty well endless, even those such as Tartar, normally associated with excellent historical pieces has a substantial range of fantasy pieces.
    Given that you have 40+years experience and your prference for fantasy here's my suggestion that gives you in one a bust a full figure and a whole raft of different textures.
    If you go for it I can pretty much guarantee an impressive result
    With regards paint I'm an out and out oil guy so probably better to leave recommendations to the acrylic weirdos ;)
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  3. elgreco A Fixture

    Hello Warren,
    May we suggest that you take a look at our Tutorials page for an insight into the figures/busts side of the hobby. https://www.elgrecominiatures.co.uk/pages/tutorials
    We also stock a wide range of historical and fantasy models from various manufacturers so can assist you in making your decision.
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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Warren

    Good to see you posting this your very welcome and thanks for telling us about " THE GOLDEN SPRUE" awards ...great idea

    As I am a " acrylic WIERDO" ....LOL ...nice one Del ....paint is very much a personal thing IMO , I don't airbrush but use various brands mainly Jo Sonja , P3 , and Reaper ....not tried these but going to look at Scale 75 Artist colours as well ......

    Using a retarder ( W&N blending medium ) to give me a longer working time

    Good recommendations here ...nothing wrong with fantasy and it's very welcome here ...one company springs to mind in addition to those above is MR LEE'S MINIS ....great company




    We have a painting section here on PF ...spilt between Oils and Acrylics ....both with masses of threads and help ...you can of course ask any question as you've done here


    Enjoy the benchtime

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  5. Warren Starrett New Member

    Thanks for all the info to date off sourcing a couple of colour sets to get me kicked off.


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