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Hughes197007 Dec 2020 11:13 a.m. PST

Hello at all
please I'm a beginner for painting
for start paint my DBA army Ancient British and Norman which primer recommended ? black , Grey or white

lkmjbc307 Dec 2020 11:18 a.m. PST

For 25mm…black…
For 15mn… Black for Norman's…white for the Brits.

Joe Collins

Ran The Cid07 Dec 2020 11:49 a.m. PST

For 28mm Normans, if the figure is in mail, black is a good primer choice. If the figure is in cloth armor, or mounted, I suggest a leather brown spray paint.

jwebster Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

Welcome to wargaming ! I love DBA, there's an incredible depth to the rules and a lot of fun to be had

One of the great things about DBA is that is doesn't commit you into buying huge armies, so there are lots of opportunities to try out different things, like different ways of painting, so don't stress out about getting everything perfect the first time around

The primer depends on your painting style. Acrylics (hobby paints, Citadel, Vallejo etc) are always slightly transparent
White primer
- end up with brightest colors
Black primer
- more forgiving of mistakes, as any small things you forget will be dark
Any other color is very much an opinion. If the army is mostly one color, that's a good color to use. If you are buying spray cans, I would stick to black and white, although the Citadel contrast paints seems to do better with an off white

The most important thing is for primer to go on very thin so that it doesn't hide detail. With a rattle can, I always spray a little on a piece of paper first, just to check that I can control the amount of paint coming out

My personal style is always evolving, but for 15mm I like
- prime white
- paint mail black (very thin) and dry brush silver
- paint flesh
- use bold, bright colors
- use washes to fill in detail, which will also make the colors a little less bright

Good luck


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2020 4:53 p.m. PST

I prime white for light colours and for armour prime black

John gives great advice

Huscarle08 Dec 2020 2:40 a.m. PST

You may find the 'Painting Wargaming Figures Rome's Northern Enemies: British, Celts, Germans and Dacians' book by Andy Singleton helpful

Personally, I mainly undercoat black or sometimes brown, but I suggest try each undercoat colour and see what works best for you.

Hughes197008 Dec 2020 3:19 a.m. PST

thanks guys you are great !!!
like the 15mm
I have already painted DBA Army Sea People and Hittiti and Minoan all Essex Min
now norman and ancient british always Essex
after always 15mm the Romans but Chariot miniatures.
@lkmjbc3 @Ran The Cid @jwebster @Federico @Huscarle thx at all
dba because it is fast and not difficult , I'm also reading FORNOVO for the Italian wars of 1500

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