Get off to a good start. If you don’t, you might ruin figure painting as a hobby for yourself. Why? Because no one likes starting their first painting session with frustration. Realising your paints have gone dry, you’ve spilt all over your workstation, or you don’t have the right tool you need for the results you wish to achieve is going to get you off to a rough start. To save you the frustration, I’ve put together a list of items you will need if you want to start figure painting 3D Models.
First on the list of 5 Cheap Items You Need For 3D Printing and Painting:
The first thing I’m going to show you is my Wet palette. A Wet Palette is probably one of the most imperative tools for any figure painter. My Wet Pallet has saved me countless litres of paint. By litres, I mean millilitres because we don’t work in litres…
The wet palette that I use is from Army Painter. On Amazon, You can get this Wet Pallet for around $24, depending on where you live. I recommend it to anyone wanting to start Figure Painting.
It has space for me to put my paint brushes, and I keep a couple of tools in it, for instance, the protector nozzles for my airbrush. I also keep some toothpicks for cleaning out the nozzles on the airbrush.
Skin Paint Set
I can not live without this Fairy Flesh Set from Nocturna by Vallejo. I recommend getting yourself a flesh set based on the theme of figure painting you do to keep your figures consistent. This set has been with me through the majority of my paintings. I absolutely adore it!
Something that I recommend pairing with this to make it the best set you will ever need is Grimoire Purple from Army Painter. The two of these together make for a great combination.
A Cheap Rotating Display
This display has become a tool I use on every single paint job. It has holes in the base, perfect for sticking toothpicks to mount pieces you are working on. Secure your model pieces on it when you’re airbrushing to reduce the risk of finger marks. This lets you paint or airbrush 360 around a model without touching it.
Or you can use it to create your own custom display.
Something often overlooked by beginners is how to secure your pieces while you paint them. So when you’re buying supplies, make sure to grab some Blue Tack. It’s useful for sticking model parts together before you paint them. It’s also useful to stick a model onto a base for easier painting.
It can be used to mask off areas but be careful as it can pull up the paint.
I have previously done a video on dusting models. I find that using cheap make-up brushes work well. Always dust your figures before you paint them because dust and hairs will show up in your paint job.
I recommend a “blush brush” as they are big and fluffy. Perfect for removing dust.
When cleaning 3D Prints, I recommend using a children’s toothbrush and alcohol in a spray bottle. The bristles are softer but still get the job done.
If you want to ensure your paint station remains nice and clean, I recommend covering it in Brown Paper between sessions. This will save you loads of clean up time and prevents the paints from staining your station. Work smart.
BONUS: Siraya Tech Tenacious for Flexible Resin 3D Prints
This is a flexible resin. It will ensure your prints are more durable, especially during shipping. Combine this product with standard resin to strengthen your 3D Prints if you are doing commission work. There’s no greater sorrow than unboxing a broken custom print and paint job.
In one of the first few videos that I posted, I had a “The Army Painter Wet Palette” to giveaway sponsored to us by The Army Painter themselves. Unfortunately, the winner never replied to the comment or ever got back to me, so I’m having a second giveaway! If you would like to have a chance to win a Wet Palette, leave a comment on my youtube video and check back to see if you won.
And that’s it! Let me know on YouTube what you recommend adding to the list or if you found it helpful.