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About the project
For the first episode, I have a general setup guide. I use this setup for all of my customs that are painted indoors (although the podcast/documentary) on the tablet changes with every custom). Painting indoors is the less efficient method for me and I wasn't sure that I could figure out how to do it without direct sunlight, but a 100 Watt bulb solved the heat/light issue.
Here's what you need if you want to paint with the same style as me:
1. Something to paint. That's crucial.
2. A bucket, pan, or cup of brushes. I use an extra bread pan to store my brushes in. You also want to buy a bag of cheap plastic Wally-World black brushes. They aren't good for painting with, but they are good for other things (shown in a later episode).
3. Nitrile gloves. This item is optional, but it prevents you from putting fingerprints on the model and prevents the model from getting paint on your hands. Also, you can wipe excess paint onto your non-dominant gloved hand and still be able to use it later.
4. Water soluble acrylic paint, and lots of it. You are going to be mixing custom colors later in the series, so buy the cheap stuff. If you learn how to work past its flaws, Apple Barrel, Folk Art, and DecoArt paints are perfect.
5. Something to wash and dry your brushes. I use an old drinking glass and an old cleaning rag. Be sure to pick something disposable when it gets too dirty to use. Don't pick a good dish rag or a good cup. Ideally, grab stuff you were about to throw away.
6. A lamp with a high wattage white light bulb. It will help you see what you are painting better than indoor light and the heat will help to dry your paint faster.
Now, on to Step 1. This step is universal, regardless of what you decide to paint.
Step 1: Disassemble the figure/vehicle slightly. You want to have small pieces that are easy to paint and you definitely want to be able to paint different color pieces separately. Also, remove any transparent parts that represent lights. You don't want to paint them.
There should be 6 images.