Painting Your Models

November 11, 2016

Painting Your Models

Painting your Doctor Who miniatures is lots of fun and really helps to bring their characters to life. 

If you've never painted a model like this before, don't worry - it's very easy to get started, and you may even get hooked and become an expert painter!

What You Need

You'll need a few good quality brushes and of course a selection of paints - they are all available in the store.

Acrylic paint is best for model painting, as it can be thinned with water but once a coat is dry it becomes waterproof. This means you can paint over it with a different shade without the bottom layer getting smudged.

Finally grab a pot of water and some tissue to clean your brushes.

Getting Started

We recommend starting with an undercoat layer - a neutral grey colour is ideal in most cases. You can paint this on with a large brush or even buy a specialist spray to save time if you are undercoating lots of models at once.

Paint Guides

We've added handy paint guides to each product to help you work out which colours you'll need. These are just suggestions but are a good match for the photos.

For each area use the first colour listed as the base layer. Aim for a thin, even covering. In some cases you'll need a second coat to get a good coverage - better this than obscuring the detail by blobbing on a really thick layer!

For most areas we've also suggested an optional second colour. This can be used to create a highlight by painting just the raised detail and leaving the darker shade showing in the recesses. Have a try - it's surprisingly easy to get a good effect - and the more you practice the better you'll get!

Extra Steps

You may like to finish with a liberal coat of Strong Tone Ink over the whole model - this dries to create a deeper shading on every colour.

Some painters go much further, mixing colours together to create more subtly blended layers and using inks for different effects! Take a close look at our professionally painted models to see what can be achieved. Check back soon - we plan to bring you detailed guides to the pro approach!




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