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Saturday, 11 February 2012


Hi all, While building my Carcharodons terminator librarian space hulk conversion, i decided to try a different method of priming. I used to spend a LOT of money on primer for my miniatures, either buying GW's chaos black/Skull white or halfords grey primer.

These aerosols are not cheap at all. they also have the added drawback of smelling, and having to use them outside.

I am now going to show you how to save a ton of money and save you going outside risking life and limb in cold rainy weather!

First all you need is an airbrush. (if you dont have one i recommend one!) then a bottle of airbrush primer like this.

then all you do is paint it with the primer using your airbrush, getting results like so:

I'm really pleased with the results and all i used was a few ml of paint from the bottle! had i used spray primer i would have wasted LOADS. This has saved me a lot of money.

This pot costs around £2 and i'm sure will cover the same amount of minis as a £9 aerosol...

This works REALLY well when priming single miniatures, or small squads. if priming something huge, like a piece of terrain for example i would still go aerosol but for minis and tanks, i feel this is DEFINATELY more suitable.

You can even buy this primer in different colours from vallejo stockists, and also in bigger pots, saving you EVEN MORE money per ml.

This is the way i'm going in future!

Adios spraying expensive aerosol cans in the wind in winter!

what do you use to prime your models? how does it go for you?

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  1. I generally use the cheapest aerosol enamel paint available at my local Wal-Mart. Runs me about $0.98 a can plus sales tax. They always have cases of the stuff. I try to prime outside but when weather won't permit I have a box fan in front of my kitchen sink. I lay a 2'x 2' piece of plywood over the basin, turn my fan on, and then prime away. Works pretty well, I just have to wipe down the counters when I finish to get up the paint dust

    1. I think i saw some gloss black cans at pundland here in the uk. but thats gloss, and i want an actual primer.

    2. You can get Flat Black as well as gloss. I use it and it works well enough for me. The reason it works for mini's (I think) is that it is a fairly cheap spray paint and has a lower paint to aerosol ration than normal spray paint, and therefore is pretty safe to use on mini's.

      I would love to have an Air Brush, but until that time, I will be using the $0.92 cans of spray from WM.

    3. you americans are lucky! we dont get many places that will sell aerosol paints on the cheap!

  2. there are tons of brands of graffiti matt paint you can buy for under £3.50 a can that will work as primers. literally hundreds of colors.i recommend montana sprays (the mtn one), they do low pressure cans called "alien" that are great for priming!

    1. I've never heard of these! what size cans do they come in?

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    1. No worries! thats what i'm here for!

  4. For some reason in the US I can't find the Vallejo primer. I don't know what the deal is with that so ive just been priming with the com art I use and it's been working pretty well. So much nicer then the can.

  5. Hy! I am also on the airbrush priming. And not only use vallejo grey primer but also sand (from model air) which has a very good covering hability. Afterwards, I spray black from below and white from above, to have a really good shading of the miniature. If you want fasta painting, you just play with shades after that. About vallejo I buy online, free shipping worldwide at an UK famous store (even living in south america!). Cheers

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