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  1. Yes, so far most of my repaints have left at least some of the factory paint showing. Depending on the effect I want to achieve and how well the original paint serves the purpose, this can be economical and even sometimes look better. I do have a couple of fully-basecoated models on my bench right now though. I do basecoat the areas I'm going to paint over to eliminate any unwanted variation in the top coat. I've actually read (and enjoyed) your tutorial, Macross. In this case I used the techniques I was most comfortable with, but I agree the sponge technique is another great tool to have in your toolbox. I haven't been able to use it yet to convey micrometeorite impacts in the way I want, but for more general wear, especially on a starfighter, I've seen spectacular things. Thanks guys!
  2. This is my favorite commission to date. The client found the pattern on BoardGameGeek and asked for it in red, with heavy wear. Here's what I came up with: I accomplished the wear effect in two ways: by taking a toothpick to the paint as I went along and it was still tacky, and by sparingly applying some hull-colored paint in a few places also. Mixing different methods that achieve a similar effect can help blend the effect and confuse the eye, for a more realistic result. Would love any feedback! Any of you experts have any advice? The client was thrilled but I have to keep upping my game!
  3. Malev, I've been giving clients the option to take a discount for the model only, and it's not a popular choice. I think the whole package is ideal for prize support—and repaints do look particularly cool in the retail packaging. I'm glad I gave you an idea and some inspiration! Spread the X-Wing love!
  4. Thanks Macross. Yeah, it's definitely a labor of love. I've been setting my prices as low as I can; it works out to less than minimum wage, but I get to share my work, do projects I wouldn't otherwise do, and subsidize my hobby a little. I talked to my store's TO tonight and offered to provide a repaint for prize support in the next league. It's a great store, X-Wing has been blowing up there, and I'm excited to contribute to the community. If you're thinking about getting into painting I encourage you to try it! With black, white, and the primary colors you're out thirty bucks and you can mix any color. A two dollar plastic palette, ten bucks on a decent #1 and #2 brush, and you've got all you need to learn on for a long time. I don't think it takes any special talent. Before I started painting miniatures my artistic ability just about extended to stick figures, I had no idea if I'd be any good at it or if I'd like it, and it's turned out to be really enjoyable.
  5. I've been wanting to write a post to break up the wall of images. In the last couple of weeks I've played about twenty games and painted about half a dozen ships, including my first commissions, so it's been pretty busy. If you've been following this thread you know that I'm still a newbie painter, learning some pretty basic techniques. Every repaint I do is a learning experience. But I've already gotten some generous compliments about my work, and that's really encouraging. If I were to give one piece of advice to a new painter, it would be to do your research. Learn everything you can about brushes, paints, materials, techniques, etc. Watch tutorial videos, browse galleries extensively, save photos of ideas and techniques you like for reference. Don't put paint to a brush until you have a plan, practice working slowly and carefully, and maintain your "beginner's mind," always learning and refreshing yourself on the basics. Like any other skill it's a matter of practice and not becoming discouraged. I've painted a few that didn't work out, some of which have been featured in this thread. I'll make sure to post my next epic fail. In the spirit of addressing this to other beginners, I wanted to talk about commissions. It didn't take long before I got inquiries, and with a healthy sense of my own limits, I referred them to more experienced painters. I paint for my own enjoyment and never gave any thought to selling my work. In the last few weeks I've suddenly gotten a lot more inquiries, and the enthusiasm and persistence finally convinced me to take on some interesting opportunities that were in my comfort zone. It turned out to be a very fun extension of the hobby. It's a real pleasure to work with people who like my work, who have a vision, and to collaborate with them to create something they'll enjoy. I've been careful not to take on too much, and to under-promise, and over-deliver. Right now I'm working on something interesting that I'm looking forward to sharing in a few weeks. For myself I'm currently working on a new Royal Guard shuttle that I'm hoping will be a big improvement over my first one. I'm also working on a cloaked Phantom, and I'll probably do a Kath Scarlet and a new variant of a Blue Squadron B-Wing after those.
  6. Q is for Quick Start The original FAQ For newbish young pilots Who'll soon be addicted To this plastic crack
  7. I painted my first huge ship, the GR-75. I thought it would be fun and relatively simple to paint red hull markings in place of some of the factory gray. I wanted to paint over some, but not all, of the gray stripes. I also wanted to add some new markings in each color. So the first step was to match the existing gray, and paint all the new stripes gray. This gave me a consistent base color for all the red markings. It was a pretty straightforward task and I'm happy with the results. One thing I'd do differently would be to make the main engine's hot spot smaller. I find larger engines difficult to get right with freehand brush work. I've seen incredible GR-75 engine glow done with an airbrush (see Rob Jedi's post). This was a super fun job because the GR-75 feels so organic. Variants on the markings seem natural, and really help the poor gray egg stand out.
  8. A standard gel-type super glue (cyanoacrylate) will work fine. You don't need much. It might help make a better fit, to take a hobby knife and scrape out the existing glue.
  9. Pretty much a combination of mottling the paint and drybrushing. I've got some more info on it in this post.
  10. Yeah, I think Juno's got one of the best pilot abilities ever. I'm really looking forward to flying the new pilots. JFunk, yes, they appear to be new debris tokens. The consensus seems to be that at least two of them are GR-75s.
  11. Spoilers for the new Advanced pilots! They're pretty sweet. https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2015/5/4/the-academys-finest/
  12. Already posted in my repaint thread but here it is again!
  13. lansing2

    Death Star Trench

    One of the coolest things I've seen on the forum!
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