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Why prime in black?

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by Wayneb, Jan 4, 2024.

  1. Wayneb A Fixture

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    United-States
    It's always been grey for me......Any advantage......?

    Wayne
  2. Ferris A Fixture

    Not a fan of it, but it ensures all hard to reach and forgotten areas are black, i.e. in dark shadow.
    Perhaps there are other benefits I’m not aware of.

    Adrian
  3. Martin64 A Fixture

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    Germany
    Primer diversity
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  4. Nap Moderator

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    England
    That’s exactly why I use black ...it does take more to actual get a colour build up

    Think really it’s a personal choice .....some don’t prime whatsoever , others use a white

    Nap
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  5. Babelfish A Fixture

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    As a fan of dark & muted palettes (for most subjects) I like priming in black as I find that it helps get you a more dark & muted overall finish. Darkening hard-to-reach areas is another benefit that Adrian has already mentioned.

    On smaller pieces (from 75mm downwards) I sometimes prime in black with an after-spray of white or grey angled down from above to help pick out the finer details to aid in painting them. It depends on the piece.

    - Steve
  6. Larsen E. Whipsnade Moderator

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    On a grey figure I use white primer to ensure coverage. If the figure is very light in color I use grey primer for the same reason.
    Rick
  7. Wayneb A Fixture

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    United-States
    All sounds logical.....what about bringing back the lighter colors such as flesh in particular on smaller figures in detail such as the face and eyes ?
    Too much paint in those fine details is not a good thing for detail. Don't blow a gasket pondering this question. I'm just wondering if I should try it.

    Wayne
  8. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Great question. I've seen guys have all sorts of success with either method. I know the Tamiya primers are in a brick/sand kind of colour. Not only that, but I've seen blokes get a result with priming in a gloss black, believe it or not. I suppose it can be taken on a figure-by-figure basis. I use Halfords white matt...
  9. David Spencer A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    I rarely prime; just add another coat of the basic colours prior to shading and highlighting.
  10. bigtodd PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-States
    I tried all colors and found it does not matter. I don't need the black base and white zenithal top down spray as I have been painting for forever. I love Mr. Surfaced and it comes in different colors now. Not sure if it will matter but will be testing in the future.
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  11. Wayneb A Fixture

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    United-States
    When it comes right down to it..........Who cares what you prime with......It's the end result that matters.....

    Wayne
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  12. bigtodd PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-States

    And welcome Wayne to the conversation........
  13. Wayneb A Fixture

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    United-States
    Thanks for the heads up Todd......I got a good memory .....It's just short........

    Wayne:D
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  14. fogie A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    We all have our own ways and means which we think are best. which is why
    questions like this are so interesting. Black always looks like a "shadow" and
    it makes it easier when you don't have to paint all the way down into all those
    recessed areas on the model... just leave them black? Surely not. I find that
    really scary. For me the primer is just a key for the paint - the colour is totally
    irrelevant.

    Mike
  15. Dr Force A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    I just use Tamiya fine grey primer….only for a key to the paint and also as a spot primer for highlighting defects.
  16. MCPWilk A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    I've often wondered why. My son used black on his Lord of the Rings figures. I tend to use white, grey or sand depending on what colour goes on top.

    Mike
  17. Nap Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Maybe you have ....
    ...bit like the vocabulary ...I have amended the post !

    Thank you

    Nap
  18. Wayneb A Fixture

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    United-States
    Brain Fart...............Thanks Nap
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