Monday, July 4, 2011

Hobby Basics III: Primer

There are a myriad of different options for priming miniatures - but why should you take this step?

Priming is the foundation for any paintjob you want to apply to your model. It acts as the canvass for the beautiful work of art you want to create. As the primer is the basis of your mini, the color makes a huge difference in the tone of the figure.

A white primer will let you create a more vibrant and colorful figure, and a black primer is for a more somber tone. A good compromise is a grey primer, which is more neutral. Colors don´t pop as much as with a white primer, but you can paint light tones much more easily.

The basic option for priming are the sprayprimers which are sold by most wargaming companies. I´ve primed my first minis with GW Black Primer - which is very forgiving for the beginning painter.  Areas which are hard to reach and therefore hard to paint will not stand out, as they are already dark. A drawback is, that you may have a hard time putting down some colors in a consisting coat. Especially bright colors like whites and yellow tones will have to be put down in many, many, MANY thin coats on a black primer to get a nice finish.

A great new product I've been using for the last few weeks are the Acrylic-Polyurethane Primers from Vallejo. I can use them straight from the bottle in my airbrush and they make for an absolutely stunning finish before I get to the painting.

Primers may be the basis for any further work, but they can also be used for more advanced techniques like zenithal highlighting - but more on that on a later date.

As always, enjoy and have fun,


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