I’ve been considering taking up painting miniatures for my D&D games for a while now, but was oftentimes overwhelmed at the sheer bulk of information there is out there about it. Even basic “starter kit” suggestions seemed a bit much for my novitiate mind, so I kept hemming and hawing about it for ages. Well, I finally decided to just bite the bullet, throw down and a starter paint kit and go from there. My first attempt has been clumsy to say the least, but I overlooked a few things that are likely pretty important.
Primer being first and foremost on the List of Things I Neglected to Buy. The kit I purchased didn’t have any. (Why you’d sell a starter kit without primer, I’m not entirely sure!) So when I sat down and started painting I realized that my paint ended up running off the mini more than it actually stuck!
Woe is me, but I refused to be defeated. I stuck with it and applied a couple of extra layers of basecoat before I started adding colors for the armor and weaponry. So far, I feel like it’s rather a trainwreck of horribleness, but for a first attempt I don’t think it’s that bad. Plus, it’s an orc bad guy — bad guys can look terrible!
I’ve reached out to friends that paint minis on the regular, though, and they’ve all been super helpful so I’m hoping it will help me improve. I just need to get some proper primer…