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For those of you who care to read a little, this is my experience with painting, that may save some of you a bunch of time. Keep in mind this is not set in stone, and I do not know it all. I just put what I do know here for who ever wants it. 
Use these tips with the other tips on the tips & tricks page.

  1. Don't use too much paint.
  2. Don't try to paint another color before the last one is dry.
  3. Don't try to paint the eyes until you know you can.
  4. Don't paint before the glue is dry.
  5. Don't thin the paint too much.
  6. Don't try to highlight untill you can paint good without highlights.
  7. Don't use the same brush to paint and dry brush with.
  8. Always clean your brush.
  9. Don't use paints unless you test them first.
  10. Don't leave the top off your paint very long. 
  11. Know your limits.
  12. Never stop learning.

My comments & advice
There are many books on the subject that can help you. The hard part is teaching yourself these things. How do you get as good as the book pictures? I have five tips and this to tell you." What the books don't tell you is the pictures of the models in the book are painted by a person that has a bunch of experience. They use brushes that cost a small fortune. The paints are almost always new, and the finish is done with a gloss that is hard to find. So do not get frustrated when your model does not look as good as a picture."
So how do you get that GOOD?
  1. Always use good paint.
  2. Always use good brushes.
  3. Always highlight no less than 4 times. Count them FOUR highlights.
  4. Perfect your drybrushing.
  5. Practice, practice and then practice some more.   

Tips on painting with different colors
Use this tip on YELLOW, RED, ORANGE
When painting bright colors it is a good idea to use a light primer. I prefer to use a bone color white. I buy it in spray cans flat or semi gloss works best. To get real good results paint 2 coats of the color over the primer.
The darker the primer the darker the shades. This is why I use a flat bone color spray primer. I add a little brown to the red to shade it more, or a little white to brighten it.
Experiment with inks and washes for YELLOW and ORANGE.
Use this tip on GREEN.
Follow the same rule as listed above for brite green.
As for DARK GREEN it is not necessary to have a light base coat, and it can be shaded with inks, white or a light yellow. Depending on what you are trying to do with it.
Experiment with TAN mixed into GREEN to give a model more depth.
Tips for BROWNS
This color is an easy color in that you don't have to worry about a light or dark primer coat. To highlight BROWN I use TAN or WHITE. The same goes for all shades of BROWN.
Experiment with inks and washes to achieve what you want.
Tips for WHITE
This is an  unforgiving color. BE SURE YOUR BRUSH IS CLEAN.
The primer for white needs to be white. As for shading WHITE you can use watered down BLACK to add shades to WHITE. Also for ice planets or a snow covered mountain pass I use BLUE to make highlights in WHITE for a real cold look. With either of these touch up is needed after you blend these colors.
As far as washes I have used GRAY and light TAN for washes which can be touched up with WHITE.
Tips on BLACK
This color covers well and BLACK is BLACK there is not much you can do with it other than highlight with DARK GRAY.
Tips on BLUE
This color is very versital in that it can be many shades. It is easy to get great results with BLUE. Inks work well as does highlights done with WHITE. You have to experiment, but it is a great color to use where you want a layered look on a model.
Well now you know what is in my head. Go put it to good use.

As for the other colors experiment with my methods
I am not a pro I just practice, practice & practice.


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