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Some amazing stuff here and some very talented painters. Really wish I could find a good way to learn how to paint models. I’ve built some Bandai anime kits of stuff like Votoms, Gundam and Mazinkaiser but they’ve all been pre-painted. I’d love to be able to find a cheap but cool model kit to practice on that’s not too difficult for beginners. I worry about spending too much money and then screwing it up!

Canofhumdingers: I love your Godzilla collection man, big fan of the big G myself. Got the criterion set of Showa movies for my 40th birthday earlier this year.

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^ a little late on the reply - apologies; there are some decent tutorials type videos on youtube for this - as well as by Star Wars enthusiasts such as RetroBlasting (who often fix / restore some of the old toys and models etc).

There also seems to be a few on ‘weathering’ various Star Wars toys and models - I have to admit the effect for look superb - and can make even a very cheap looking toy look like it’d pride of place in someone’s collection. Someone on here (canofhumdingers? edit: it was joefavs - here) they did an awesome paint job on a cheap-looking plastic toy Han Solo blaster - it looked superb, just like an expensive replica, when he’d finished it.

When I was younger (and had better eyesight, a steady hand and patience!) I’d practice on all sorts of cheap or damaged airfix models to try and ‘get my eye in’ or be ‘in the zone’ - before moving on to actual model I wanted to try and get ‘just right’. The paintings still weren’t great - but were better for the practice 😃

 

The RetroBlasting youtube channel (by OT•com member nohandluke):-

https://www.youtube.com/user/retroblasting/videos
 

His ‘Star Wars Follies’ series (especially with ‘Broken Vader’) is a lot of fun 👍
 

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jidaigekijunkie said:

Some amazing stuff here and some very talented painters. Really wish I could find a good way to learn how to paint models. I’ve built some Bandai anime kits of stuff like Votoms, Gundam and Mazinkaiser but they’ve all been pre-painted. I’d love to be able to find a cheap but cool model kit to practice on that’s not too difficult for beginners. I worry about spending too much money and then screwing it up!

Canofhumdingers: I love your Godzilla collection man, big fan of the big G myself. Got the criterion set of Showa movies for my 40th birthday earlier this year.

Awesome! I can never decide if I’m a bigger fan of Star Wars or Godzilla. Thankfully I don’t actually have to choose!

I wish I could take credit for that Han Solo blaster, but it wasn’t me.

As for painting, YouTube is an absolute treasure trove! I learned basic painting skills in high school and college art classes, but I’ve learned just as much from watching YouTube videos. And the best thing I’d say is to watch as wide a variety as possible. There are so many great tips and techniques out there from so many different disciplines. I personally like to built sci-fi, creature, and airplane models, as well as custom paint action figures. But in addition to videos specifically on those subjects, I’ve also found it useful to watch ANY model building or painting videos (cars, model railroad landscaping, scratch building, etc.) as well as other instructional art videos about painting (especially ones that explain how to use different types of paint like oils, acrylics, and so on), air brushing, sculpting, and on and on. The more skills you can add to your personal “toolbox” the better!