7 - colors and brushes
There are several kinds of colors available, and broadly they can be divided in water-based and enamels. Water-based are generally easier, cheaper, safer and give perfectly good results, so I won't discuss enamels here. Nothing wrong with them, just beyond the scope of this small guide, I may do another article on oil paints and enamels another time... Back to water-based, my preference goes to acrylics as they become waterproof as soon as they dry, which means that next coat will not disturb what's underneath. Some people prefer watercolours but again that's a different technique, and we'll leave it for another time. Even with acrylics there are several different kinds, from very fine artist liquid colors made for airbrush to cheap and thick wall paint. Prices obviously vary enormously between these, but the important thing is to use what's right for the job. With miniature paints especially is common to have say a good red color in a series, but then a better blue in another manufacturer's range, or as good a one for half price, so don't be afraid to pick and mix! My personal preference is to use "miniature" paints as base coat (Vallejo are probably the best ones around) and artist colors (Liquitex is my favorite) for shading. This is because artist colors have to be diluted and are relatively transparent, so for base colors, which need to be as covering as possible, "miniature" paints are best. Artist colors however use by far the best quality pigments and they are cheaper; the tones are more luminous and intense and they give the best results. As for brushes for my money the best you can buy are Windsor & Newton series 7, they are not cheap but they are worth what you pay them!
1/72 scale bunker for PaK 40 - 75mm Anti-Tank Gun (German)
Newline legionaries, with Little Big men shield transfers