The foundation of painting any miniature successfully is a good coat of primer.
In this article I'll discuss some of the finer points of priming and demonstrate them in an easy to follow video.
My brand of choice is Krylon, available at hardware stores or hobby stores like Michaels / Hobby Lobby.
Warnings: Store paints at room temperature. It's also a bad idea to prime if it's too cold, too hot or rainy - in these cases, consider using Gesso. (A paint-on primer.)
|Topics: airbrush / blending / highlighting / hordebloods / techniques|
If you missed it, I've also covered painting fur in the past.
These are both topics that can be pretty tricky so I hope I've helped to shed some light on them. Ask away in the comments if you have any questions.
Fun side-story. This model's become known as "Maybelline" because people feel the hair I've sculpted for her is too blocky. Looks like a cape they say. In response, I tell them, "Maybe it's Maybelline." This actually becomes relevant a little later as it helped inspire the technique I ended up using.
|Topics: DIY / primer|
If you want to make the job of priming a bunch of small parts easier, then I recommend you build yourself a painting station. It lets you prime a whole bunch of parts all at once and gives you a way to hold on to smaller parts while priming or painting. (Meaning you won't get your oily fingers all over them and can paint them evenly.)
Actually took these photos back when I did my articles on colour theory, since I painted an example marine for each. This is a pretty straight forward tutorial actually.