When I first started playing tabletop RPGs, I was hugely into painting my own minis. It was cathartic, it was something for my D&D group to do when we weren't rolling dice, and it probably helped that my
mom family had recently gone through a pretty obsessive ceramics phase which left us with lots of paint and brushes.
When I discovered girls, however, I put down my brush and it's been about fourteen years since I've put paint to primer. However, I never really stopped thinking about it -- I guess that you kind of stick with the things you know you liked, even if you're not actually doing them.
But that all changed, thanks to...
- a friend gifting me two boxes of pre-painted D&D minis (the plastic ones from Wizards), which happened to include the last two metal minis he had from his own hobby phase
- the infamous Reaper Kickstarter and the extra $100 I had burning a hole in my wallet
- my new found
obsessioninterest in Warhammer 40k.
After a cleaning up the model with an old toothbrush (I may have used whitening toothpaste, too) and a blast of cheap Krylon / Rust-Oleum primer (which I can't find, right now, to verify the brand) I started with Liquitex Basic Red for his eyes, thanks to this article's advice (though I didn't worry about anything beyond just the red basecoat, because I knew going in I wasn't ready for irises and pupils), and a full base coat of Liquitex Neutral Grey Value 5.
For full disclosure, when I first got the mini, he was painted a single color of purply-gray, which had me thinking he was a gargoyle, so I started going that direction at first.
I realize my coverage is spotty, at best -- the Liquitex Basics paints you seen in the background are incredibly thick, so I'm trying to find a good mix of water (with a single drop of dish soap in the bottle) and paint to give me a decent amount of coverage without being too thick. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if I caused that spot on his wing when I was trying to get a good picture.
Now that I've realized he's a demon, I'm going to attempt to paint over the grey basecoat with something that will eventually become a rusty brown -- if I'm lucky, the grey will only help, but I'm not holding my breath.