Arctorro wrote:Thanks!SKYWARPED_128 wrote:Nice job, Arctorro! Admittedly, I know nothing about Nexus Prime, but you did a very good job painting it!
BTW, was this done with a paintbrush or sprayed? The finish is very smooth and even.
About acrylics: like xyl said, acrylics are fragile. However, you can always clear coat figs to protect the paint job. If you can get your hands on some, Future Floor Polish makes a very good protective clear coat, as it hardens upon drying. FFP also gives a very glossy finish, and thanks to its self-leveling properties, it can be hand-brushed.
For flat coats, add some Tamiya flat clear base to FFP.
Paintbrush all the way, would love an airbrush but can't justify the money.
Hmmm... I might have to try and track down some FFP then, no idea if it's sold here though
Glad to help!
Here's a link to a very helpful webpage: http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html
Anything and everything you need to know about FFP is in there, including how to use it in various ways (you can even tint clear plastic with it!), as well as where to buy it in your country, and what name it's sold as locally.
Paint brushing is fine, as long as you don't use Tamiya acrylics. Those are specifically formulated to be used with airbrushes, and leave horrible brush-marks when painted over large areas with a paint-brush. I only realized that AFTER buying a truckload of them, and had to get and AB to use them.
As for airbrushes, Tamiya's Sprayworks basic compresser/AB set is pretty affordable (90 USD before shipping)--it even comes with a trigger-type airbrush. I'm currently using it myself, and it's great for beginners and even intermediate kit builders and customizers. It's only con is that it uses rechargeable battery packs, but as long as you time your sessions right and don't spray too long, it's not a problem.
Of course, if you're more comfortable with a paint brush (low maintenance and no need to for spraybooths and masks are a definite plus) that's perfectly okay. It's the final result that matters, and if Nexus Prime is any indication, you're doing just fine with paint brushes.
If you're interested, though: http://www.hlj.com/product/TAM74520