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  1. I will also recommend Simple Green. Takes a little longer but it won't damage minis, is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
  2. I splurged on a new mini from Skullforge, the Ember Squad Leader. Gave her a different look and now she is 501st Captain Siria Beltan!
  3. For my storms, I use straight Nuln Oil painted into the recesses only with a detail brush.
  4. Got my Royal Guards all painted up so they can protect Papa Palpatine:
  5. Less exciting than the last post, but I finally got my R4 droid done!
  6. Don't worry about the mythosaur being on the opposite shoulder. Due to a costume mix-up, he was wearing it on the right in the Episode IV special edition. It's still technically screen accurate!
  7. Well, I managed to get hold of one of the celebration Vaders! This model is absolutely amazing. It's leaps and bounds better than the one in the core box. I really hope they do more of this sort of thing (and make them easier to get)!
  8. On the topic of differentiating units, if I have multiples of the same type of unit I put dots on the bottoms of the bases. No dots for the first, 2 for the second, 3 for the third, etc. Helps me keep the model itself "clean" and if I need to sort things out I can tip up the base and check.
  9. I also paint my base rims black, but when I don't, I try to pick a neutral brown, preferably on the darker end.
  10. This. The starter sets are all very good values from each company. I use primarily Citadel but Vallejo and Army painter are also good. The only thing I truly recommend is getting a bottle of Nuln Oil and/or Agrax Earthshade. Yes, you *can* mix your own washes but the Citadel shades are magic in a bottle and dry matte. One bottle should last quite a while too. And I don't really recommend using craft paints if you can avoid it. Yes, you can get a lot of paint for cheap but often craft paints have colors with some really low pigment counts that take a LOT of work to get layered on evenly. Reds, yelllows, browns, etc. This is coming from someone who loves Delta Ceramcoat white. Doing half the coats with better quality paint will make you happier in the long run. A Warhammer 40,000 Citadel Essentials set is $40, gives you 13 full size size paints, a brush and you get bonus clippers and plastic glue (not for Legion use). Not a bad way to start, but you may find Vallejo or Army Painter starters have a better range of colors for your purposes. And I also recommend using color spray primer. For Imperials you can stick with black and white pretty easily, but rebels can vary wildly with color scheme so you can grab a color of your choice that the majority of the model will be and use that. I will say again, don't go too cheap. Army Painter sprays, for example, may cost more than a can of Walmart spray paint but you'll get color match options and a surface actually suitable for painting on.
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