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Hey everyone. People always ask me what kind of paint I use, what brushes and how I manage to do everything so here it is, a guide to making Minifigures!

Firstly we need an old surface that you don't mind getting paint on. I just use a plastic board.



Secondly we need paint and paintbrushes. I get both of these from a company called Games Workshop that sells warhammer. The paint is excellent as it is made for plastic and dries very quickly. I have one fat brush for doing most of the painting then a thin brush to do any small detailing with.



Finally we need a tile to mix paint on, some pliers to cut things with, and some modelling clay/plastercine to build with.



To start with, choose a Minifigure to paint over. If I know I am going to have to paint over the details I choose a body that I have lots of. In this case the red indian body on the left.
Its always best to do several figures at once so you don't rush them and that you have something else to do whilst one is drying.



Next assemble the figures (Leaving out cloaks for now) If you are putting on a cloak turn the details around so that the cloak will cover them and you don't have to paint over them. If you have long hair then you can also use this to cover up the details as with the middle figure here.



Lets start painting! Our red figure here is going to be Sith so lets get rid of the details on his back.
Go over it slowly with a thin layer of paint first. You should still be able to see the details beneath the paint. Let the first layer dry before adding more layers.



While our Sith is drying we can work on the others but first we need to clean the brush. Wash it in warm water before wiping it clean with a piece of tissue.



Next smooth the brush out to a point. This gets rid of any excess water and also keeps your painting neat and straight.



Now we can work on our two Jedi. For the man on the right I have given him simple robes whilst the woman on the left has been given a more ornate draping around her neck.
It is always good to experiment with colours but always remember what you are painting. Jedi robes are simple and humble so their should be nothing to strange and the colours should also be simple and not to bright.
Sith on the other hand are loud and stand out so there is much more you can do with them.



While our Jedi dry lets return to the Sith. I am going to make him a Bith which means we need the clay. Like with the body if you turn the head around so the face is on the back, you can avoid painting over the face.



Take your clay and mould it over the head in the shape you want. Leave the side with the face on smooth but pull the clay down over the Lego face so you don't have to paint over it and ruin the head.
Leave the clay to sit for a while and add another layer of red to the back if you need to.



Return to the Jedi and paint the layer of robe underneath the one you have painted in the first few steps. Its always best to work this way round as you then avoid painting over your paint, a dangerous job as it can leave the paint looking uneven.



Leave that to dry and take the opportunity to paint the Bith's head. As the paint is so close to the actual Lego colour going over the lines does not matter as it simply adds depth to the face.



Again leave to dry and return to the Jedi.
With the main details dry take a small amount of black and outline what you have done. This makes colours, patterns and details easily distinguishable.



With the outlining done add some flare to your figures! I've placed some ancient runes on the woman's drape along with some red jewels on her grey robe. On the man I have simply added a few folds in his robe.



With the Jedi done its time to finish our sith, adding the same detailing on the torso first. I've given my Sith a military look - a tight jacket and a strip of medals on his left shoulder.
Small dots of colour often stand out far more than large blobs and make the figure look much more detailed.



Now its time to do the face. The eyes are the hardest part to get level so paint them on first. If you go wrong wipe the paint off and try again or try to fix the mistake by adjusting the first eye. I added a small dot of white to each eye to give them a shining appearance.
When adding the mouth make it fit the character, a grumpy look for a grumpy character and so on. My Bith is frowning and his face is drawn, making him look evil.



Take a moment to examine your figures and think about any other detailing you want to do. I think we'll add some colour to the legs.



Colouring the legs involves only one rule... NEVER PAINT THE TOP HALF!
Painting the flat bottom half is fine but painting the top half means some of the paint will come off when you move the legs around. Small bits as I have done on the girl are fine but anything larger than that won't work.



So now all thats left is to pick the lightsaber colour that best fits each figure. Don't go crazy on the lightsabers either, one blade often looks the best.

So there we have it, all thats left now is to think up a name and a background story and post it on the site!
If you want to try making these three then go ahead! (So long as you give me credit :D) I hope this has helped those of you who have questions and good luck with your MOC's!!!



Comments

 I like it 
  July 10, 2012
Nice! (Games Workshop is in Lincoln, right?)
Harry 863
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monkeynuts sniper
  April 23, 2012
wow those paintings are amazing
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  April 19, 2012
Quoting Senator Lott Dod Hmm you don't actually mold and cook the pieces? I always bake the clay so it goes hard like plastic, that way it wont change when bumped. Do you ever make Lego weapons? like bows or lightsabers? and have you tried molding beards and other forms of facial hair? just wondering. I've been molding for a while and its great to see someone else who does the same thing.
No once I paint it it sets pretty hard whilst still giving me a chance to take it off if I want to
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  April 18, 2012
Very nice, you should get some Brasso, It removes everything off the figure..
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  April 18, 2012
Nice building instructions! i see you create your customs almost in the same way as I do! :)
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  April 18, 2012
Lovely .... Not that the figs are that well made ... Well, they are :P .... At least better than what i can do now adays ... I used to paint all sorts of figs for Warhammer / Warhammer 40K / dungeons and Dragons / Star Frontier with that exact Citadel paint ... And its AWESOME ! Great guide though to get more people started on doing their own minifigs .... Ever used shades on minifigs ? ... I wonder how that works out.. :)
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  April 18, 2012
Hmm you don't actually mold and cook the pieces? I always bake the clay so it goes hard like plastic, that way it wont change when bumped. Do you ever make Lego weapons? like bows or lightsabers? and have you tried molding beards and other forms of facial hair? just wondering. I've been molding for a while and its great to see someone else who does the same thing.
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  April 17, 2012
Great guide! I always did wonder how u did custom figs so well...
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  April 17, 2012
i always wanted to know this thanks for the guid the figs are awesome
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  April 17, 2012
im kind of a purist too, at first was like "wow... thats dumb" but this was acctually really impressive!
  April 17, 2012
Well I have very little resources to do them, both parts wise and actual paint stuff wise. :) (Don't think I'd do 'em anyway though XD)
 I made it 
  April 17, 2012
Quoting Legobob ~ Nice! When it comes to this sort of thing, I'm a firm purist, but I recognise true art when I see it with these things. I especially like the Sith. Neat stuff!
Haha thanks! I have a lot of respect for you purists haha. You have a harder job than we do haha
 I like it 
  April 17, 2012
Nice! When it comes to this sort of thing, I'm a firm purist, but I recognise true art when I see it with these things. I especially like the Sith. Neat stuff!
 
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