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Priming The Ila
One or two of you will be wondering what relevance the above picture has to with what is possibly the most contentious of subjects when it comes to painting miniatures, the colour of the very first layer of paint that gets slapped on. The picture of the cover to Hawkwind's Space Ritual Live is extremely relevant...read on....
That nice Mr Kev Dallimore who has written many articles and two splendid books on the subject of painting miniatures advocates the use of a black first coat whie that equally charming Matt Parkes, in his Wargames Illustrated series on painting techniques, leans more towards white as a primer. I have read other guides that suggest brown as an undercoat if painting little African chaps. Aaargh!!!
As far as I could see, the function of the first coat was to give the rest of the paints something to adhere to. Barring the difference in styles there was not a great deal of difference in the quality of the outcome. I would have to make my own mind up. I gave it quite a bit of thought. I was painting an African tribe, so there skins would be dark anyway, so why not just go for black or brown? But then I thought about the bright colours of the chitenge cloths that the Ila wore, wouldn't they look muted if painted over a black first coat? What about famous artists...they all use white canvas right? Well yes, but some including Dali and several of the Pre-Raphaelites used to paint their canvasses black to add a contrast when using golds and silvers...what a headache...time to watch telly instead.... the new Ford advert came on with a splendid tune by the chaps from Ladbroke Grove (whatever happened to Jerry Cornelius?), Hawkwind! Master of the Universe is one of my all time favourite tracks. Wonderful!!! My mind wandered into a gentle reverie....of times past....of my innocent youth....of birds singing and bees a-buzzing...of sun kissed strolls in the Valley Gardens...
.....of the time, Gentle Reader, I took it into my 16 year old head that it would be pretty cosmic to paint my bedroom totally black including the window frames and skirting boards. It would help facilitate the pleasure of listening to Hawkwind, Tangerine Dream, Tonto's Expanding Head Band and others at full power through my headphones. It was pretty cool and totally far out...until, of course, my Wicked Step-Mother (WSM for short) and Father saw it... Didn't share the vibes, man. I was eventually made to paint over it before we moved house.
I discovered that painting black over magnolia is quite easy. Painting magnolia over black is a completely different kettle of fish. I took about three coats to cover the walls and I can't remember how long it took to get the woodwork looking presentable. Painting light colours over black just didn't cut it with me. Never again!!!
...I woke from my passing dream. Thanks to Messrs. Brock, Turner, Kilminster et al. I had made my decision. I would use white as my first coat. We'll do that tomorrow. In the meantime all together now...I've got a Silver Machine dada dada dada dada....
|Cosmic shenanigans at work...|