Top tips and tricks


Martin Walters had the idea for this blog – and the group has obliged by sharing their top tips and tricks.

****Please be careful when using chemicals!****

Tips n tricks for preparing your model

John McLintock says:

Use liquid plastic as a filler for small gaps and depressions.

How to make your own ‘liquid plastic’:

  • Get a bottle of liquid poly with a wide mouth (Something like Humbrol)
  • Get some scrap plastic cut or shaved into small pieces
  • Dissolve the plastic in the liquid poly until it forms a gloopy consistency.
  • If your bought a bottle with a brush in the cap, use the brush to apply the liquid plastic to your models.

Edward Nicholson says:

Use Dettol to strip acrylic paint from your minis. Soak them for 24 hours and then scrub with an old toothbrush in hot soapy water.

Watch Edward’s video showing how he strips minis with Dettol, over on Facebook.



Tips n tricks for painting your model

Martin Walters says:

Use a soft pencil instead of metallic paint on weapons

Edward Nicholson says:

Make your own washes, for those times you run out of your favourite Citadel colour – or want a colour they don’t make.

Johnsons Kleer floor wax

Johnson's Klear floor wax

How to make your own ‘magic wash’:

Martin Walters says:

Paint a little of the colour onto the top of the pot lid, so you can spot it at a glance. This helps with paints that dry a different colour than they appear in the bottle.

John McLintock says:

Store your paints upside-down, it prevents them from drying out.

Martin Walters says:

To get a really silver finish, leave the metal bare and scratch it with the side of the tip of a pin. This technique is called burnishing – but don’t try it on plastic minis.

Alan Morey says:

I often use a fine drawing pen (0.5 nib or smaller) to add pupils to eyes, lettering on scrollwork and make fine checks.

Edward Nicholson says:

Thin your paints.

Alex Riley says:

Change your water after using metallic paint – so you don’t get shiny bits where you don’t want them.

Rebecca Hubbard says:

Use a an old brush for mixing paint – this will keep your painting brushes better for longer

Edward Nicholson says:

If you have space, have 3 pots of water, one for metallics, one for other paint and a clean one for mixing water.

Alex Riley says:

If your brush is a little out of shape, gently rub some hair conditioner into the bristles – leave till the conditioner dries and then rinse out.

Edward Nicholson says:

For fiddly parts like Space Marine backpacks – paint them before glueing them to the model. This is easier if you glue them cocktail sticks – as it makes the pieces easy to hold whilst painting

Backpacks on cocktail sticks

Backpacks on cocktail sticks

TipsĀ  tricks for basing your model

John Betts says:

I use cat litter, the fuller’s earth type for some bases. It comes in fine lumps of a stony grey – perfect for rubble or small rocks. Stick it down with PVA glue.

Tips n tricks for sealing your model

Jonathan Shaw says:

Make sure your model is completely dry (24 hrs) before applying varnish – evaporating moisture can cause white spots to appear.

Tips n tricks for avoiding accidents

Jonathan Shaw says:

Don’t carry superglue and paints in a carrier bag – use a box for storage and avoid sticky situations

Got any more tips to share with us? Drop us a comment below.


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