halo 3000 wrote:Any special tips on painting vehicles?
Not a lot, I'm afraid. I only have a few vehicles myself. Watch your brushstrokes. Bigger pieces with large, flat areas can show them too much. Acrylic paint flattens itself out, though, so you shouldn't have too many problems with it. Highlighting will make your vehicles look a thousand times better (usually). Simplest way to do that is to load the brush with a lighter shade of the base color, get rid of the excess, and run the edge of the brush along all the corners. Unless you've an unusually steady hand, this will still probably cause the lines to be unsteady or uneven (thin and thickness) but the guide of the model's edges should still serve you well. And, as has been mentioned, you can always go back later and touch up (which is probably one of the more important pieces of advice that can be given to a beginning level painter). You can try a less "wet" method of drybrushing as well. Load up the brush, wipe the excess off on a paper towel until you almost can't see paint coming off the brush anymore (trust me, its still there, you'll notice it more when you're drybrushing a lighter color onto a darker one for highlighting). Then, lightly dust the brush back and forth over the raised area you want to highlight. Really, drybrushing and shading are the two best techniques to learn early. They make "meh" paintjobs into good ones and allow you to field relatively attractive models right away, even if you won't be winning any Golden Demons any time soon. They're both pretty easy to learn and you'll be doing them well after a few tries.
If you're feeling adventuresome, you could try weathering. A lot of this can be simply achieved with the techniques mentioned above but there are, of course, more advanced techniques. Rusting is fun. They make paint on solutions that really rust. Results are incredible. I've never tried that, though. Another option is the hairspray technique. If I remember right, you paint a base layer, spray some hairspray into a cup (to get it in liquid form), paint that on, paint another acrylic layer over the top, then use a q-tip and water to scrub away parts of the top layer. You get a rust/peeling paint effect that works pretty well. You might look that one up on YouTube as well (not sure if steps are right). Also, chopping away pieces of the model (pristine corners and the like) can really help sell it. You can make bullet holes using an x-acto knife. Just put the point on the model and slowly twirl the thing, it'll dig out a rough hole. You can do that with a pin vise if you've got one, as well. Take a look around first to get a good idea of how you want them to look.
halo 3000 wrote:Someone should make those. With sparkly paint
So we can thank Twilight for making Blood Angels less broken? I had a friend who played them for awhile...recently sold all his minis...it's all becoming clear to me now.