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LuckyLadybug
01-10-2017, 04:44 AM
I've never tried to customize a figure in my life, but if I can ever get hold of that Mega Construx OT Baxter Stockman figure, I want two so I can repaint one's hair red to be his twin Barney (from Raphael Knocks 'Em Dead). I don't want to screw it up, so I'm wondering what the best kind of paint is to use on figures?

kaptainmyke
01-10-2017, 11:49 AM
The only paint you should ever buy is Testors Model Masters Acryl paints and related thinners, paint removers, and brush cleaners. That paint is specifially thicker and made for models and plastic figures. Anything else will goop and coagulate to oblivion.

Discogod
01-10-2017, 02:38 PM
Never used Testors (it's hard to come by over here), I use Games Workshop's Citadel range with the odd Tamiya colour here and there. I've been using them for customs for 15+ years now (and general model making for over 25) and they're pretty great for coverage, price etc.

As long as you use a decent quality acrylic you should be fine. Just remember, several thinner coats is always better than 1 thick coat, and to thoroughly wash the figure before painting.

Candy Kappa
01-10-2017, 03:16 PM
I use Games Workshop Citadel when doing touch-ups and fixes, it's pretty effective.

Walkabout
01-13-2017, 03:42 AM
I use GW/Citadel paints too.

Optimus Primer
01-13-2017, 01:25 PM
GW Citadels for me too. Oh, and sometimes Vallejo for white only.

LuckyLadybug
01-16-2017, 06:22 PM
Thanks, all! Is this stuff available at Wal-Mart or do I need a specialty store?

tmntfannumerouno
01-16-2017, 08:09 PM
Thanks, all! Is this stuff available at Wal-Mart or do I need a specialty store?

You can find testors at hobby lobby.

LuckyLadybug
01-30-2017, 05:39 AM
Sweet! And err, any recommendations on the right type of paintbrush to use on such a small figure?

Candy Kappa
01-30-2017, 09:45 AM
Games Workshop also have a good selection of brushes, some are very small for fine details on miniatures like painting the iris and the eye shine on them.

tmntfannumerouno
01-30-2017, 10:26 AM
Sweet! And err, any recommendations on the right type of paintbrush to use on such a small figure?

Hobby lobby has a variety also. I'm not sure of the brand but they have the brushes made specifically for fine detail work.

kaptainmyke
01-30-2017, 11:46 AM
Use brushes with white soft bristles. No black bristles that always fall out and you get brush hairs all over your work.

Discogod
01-30-2017, 02:05 PM
Use brushes with white soft bristles. No black bristles that always fall out and you get brush hairs all over your work.

Yup. I've got a few cheap brushes that I use but my best brushes are all high quality. They were very expensive, but I take care of them and they've lasted years.

You can use the best paint in the world, but if you use sh!tty brushes then it won't matter.

LuckyLadybug
01-31-2017, 05:54 AM
Use brushes with white soft bristles. No black bristles that always fall out and you get brush hairs all over your work.

Oh yeah, I remember black bristles doing that when I tried to just paint on paper with them. Ugh.

How do gold bristles hold up? I saw a set of gold ones in the size for detailing small things.

kaptainmyke
01-31-2017, 11:51 AM
I prefer white. I've not seen gold or experience using gold brushes.