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  1. @JoeKI'm not a fan of white nylon. This is one of the problems with synthetics. Buy a kolinsky salbe or even a red sable from a known brand and you'll get a brush that will work with hobby paints. With synthetics there's so much variety in material and quality that finding a suitable brush can be expensive. I bought a lot of different brushes before I found one I liked at an affordable price, the princeton velveltouch.
  2. That's a lot of work regardless of the quality so you want so make sure the person or company has a track record of painting such things. There's a big difference between painting a few models to painting a board game collection and for such an investment I'd want reassurance the person can deliver. You can always go with more than one painter, like a cheap bulk painter for the basic models and a higher quality artist for any favorites or centerpiece models. Also, I'd recommend doing a test commission first before committing to the full project.
  3. I use synthetics for 90% of the painting and only get out the fur brushes for the precision work. My goal is to be 100% synthetic. Putting aside the provenance of the kolinsky sable, I'm increasingly annoyed with the poor quality of the brushes I receive. The failure rates is quite high regardless of the brand, size or shape of the brush. The long guide hair alone makes most brushes unusable for me without risky modification and I also get brushes that split (a problem with r&c larger sizes) or have a blunt tip. Synthetics are more consistent in my experience and they are not so fragile.
  4. Love that crew @MikesReally great use of color!
  5. Okay, well definitely don't use spray paints indoors. There are water based spray paints which are supposed to be safe but I don't know how well they work as primers and the ones I tested had a weirdly low pressure.
  6. Spray painting is fine. Clogging the details is something to tell newbies so that they don't mess up so badly.
  7. I painted my very first army! I'm really glad I took the time to paint these as it was a good learning experience. I got to test out some ideas and develop a more distinctive style of my own, something that I can't really do when painting other people's models. All I have to do now is resist the temptation to put these on ebay.
  8. They are from Infinity and yes they are very cool looking models. They are also some of the best made metals around, up there with gw plastics in terms of production quality. The only downside is that there isn't that much variety between the factions. It's basically different flavours of humans in scifi armour. But still very cool.
  9. Yes the bases are inspired by how Giraldez does his infinity models. The advantage of doing alien world bases is that they don't have to look like anything in particular so I can use all of the materials and texture paints I've collected over the years.
  10. I've been working on an overly ambitious army project which has taken up a lot more time and mental energy than I had anticipated. It's done now and as a treat I'm painting a little infinity army. The challenge is trying to paint these better than what my work stuff without spending much more time. Turns out not having to meet someone else's expectations is quite liberating and I can now start to add some good looking models to my collection.
  11. I would finish the rest of the model first before making adjustments. Then you could try mixing in some beige for a less saturated midtone.
  12. It's a nice effect and overall the model is well painted. Having a light source on the bottom of the model is tricky to pull off because you have the highest contrast on the base between the dull brown and saturated green which draws attention. You could add some colour around the faces and, to a lesser degree, the hands of the spirits to help make them the focal point as well as adding to the legibility of the model. I'd also recommend ageing the swords with a brown wash or a few spots of orange to add to the character.
  13. Two more added to my collection. I am on a roll.
  14. That's kind of you to say. You should check out my buddy Duke's Paint Art. He's based in Germany and his board game stuff is top quality and might be a more affordable option for people on the other side of the atlantic.
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