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El Lobo17 Dec 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

New to hobby and would therefore like to hear your advice on what paints you use for your sci fi figures.I am looking to do a "Aliens" type game and would like advice on painting Marine camo,Aliens, scenery ,dropship etc.Thanks in advance

Gear Pilot17 Dec 2017 12:47 p.m. PST

I generally use historical camo schemes for my sci fi figures. I painted my 15mm colonial marines figures using the panting guide developed by Mick Farnworth.

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colgar617 Dec 2017 12:54 p.m. PST

There has been a series of occasional articles on exactly this subject published in Miniature Wargames Magazine recently ( link ) .

* The Aliens APC is described in detail in the January 2018 edition ( yes, I know it's still 2017 – but next January's issue is out already ) .

* There was an article on painting the dropship in the August 2017 edition.

* I'm fairly certain that there was a third article on the marine camouflage in another issue of the same magazine not so long ago, but I don't recall which one.

From memory, all of these were extremely detailed articles.

Hope this helps,

Goober17 Dec 2017 4:52 p.m. PST

I use automotive primer to undercoat the figures (Halfords grey, black and white, if you are in the UK).

I also use the Army Painter sprays to get a good basecoat on them. Army Green is a good, all purpose green for most sci-fi armies (it also makes perfect Apple Green for early/mid WW2 Russian tanks).

For subsequent detailing and shading I use a mix of GW, Vallejo and some Coat d'arms. The CDA themed sets are a good starting point – I have the US one and it will do for most camo schemes with a little creative mixing.


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2017 6:13 p.m. PST

All great suggestions

For my Sci Fi Marines I use the GW Paints – start with a couple of light coats of Waagh! Flesh (which is a dark green) and after that Nuln Oil for the creases

Stryderg18 Dec 2017 3:41 p.m. PST

I go the other route. I like my paint schemes "factory fresh" and easy to recognize. So I go for bold blocks of colors (blues, reds, blacks, sometimes grey). Obviously my tastes are not the norm here, but I like them. Oh, and I'm a cheapskate, so I tend to use craft paints (Walmart's Apple Barrel and the like).

El Lobo19 Dec 2017 9:46 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the advice.

Scary Robots ate my Puppy21 Dec 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

For my Aliens figs I base them in black and drybrush light grey over them. This really brings out the texture of the Giger biomech details. I then pick out a few details around the mouth and claws. A grey/brown stand contrasts nicely.

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