|Notice the white spots?|
Well, Step two of any good paint job is under coating.
The best way to think about under coating a model is as "laying a good foundation on which to paint"
Seriously though, if your undercoat is crappy and uneven, very little you do will make the model look any good.
Thankfully there are many nice and easy ways to undercoat a model effectively.
You can use spray coat, and I recommend the Citadel Black undercoat.... I don't use white undercoats very often. Mainly because my painting guru (A sagacious man known only as "The Colin") taught me that black is the way to go. Something about showing off the colours better, I trust him as he can paint a model to a far better finish than I can while still playing a guitar at the same time. (Anyone who has met "The Colin" will agree with this)
Another, hideously more expensive option is to use an Airbrush filled with black primer paint.
Airbrushes are like TOTALLY AWESOME. But in an incredibly hard and annoying to use way.
Airbrushing, as i've discovered, is a totally new skill and takes you back to square one with painting. Basecoating a model with the airbrush works well, if you can get an nice even finish. This might require some practice and sacrificing a few models to the altar of experimentation. Long term, it might be a more economical solution to expensive spray undercoats.
The key with undercoats are, a nice even covering of the model, so that the metal/plastic isn't showing but the detail isn't obscured. Practice, makes perfect, but I find it's best to spray until it looks covered, move the model , spray again, and leave to dry. Come back later and check what you missed. It's normally the underside of the model, so spray those bits once more.
For my Cygnar Warjack I decided to go one step further and load the airbrush up with the base colour of the model.
As you can see in these pics the blue base coat for this Lancer turned out pretty damm well. I used the airbrush with a 50/50 mix of thinner and Vallejo dark blue paint.
|Ready to spray some blue.... CYGNAR BLUE|
|Look at this GQ Lancer|
I recommend the Vallejo paints for airbrushing over Citadel and P3 for one reason. The squeezey bottle make it SO MUCH easier to put in the mixing bowl for the airbrush. The same logic for undercoating applies to spraying base colours, keep it even, keep in thin, but cover the model with out killing the detail.