Starting to paint again...
Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:28 PM
I just recently got out my old miniatures in an attempt to get them all painted. I had so many that were unfinished that I just stripped them all clean to start over.
But, then I remembered how I used to go crazy painting a mini just trying to get if perfect, sometimes they would take me hours and hours. So, I just decided to primer them all, wash in black and then highlight in some light grey, then matte finish. They look pretty good, and I saved a ton of money on paint. I just don't have the time right now to do detailed painting, but at least my collection is painted somewhat until I do find the time.
Anyone else use this quick method just to get some figures painted for action?
Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:31 PM
I mean it's pretty simple but maybe someone out there has some better ideas.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:16 PM
Basically, you speed paint the basic tones on your figures, without bothering with any real technique -- just get the basic colors in the basic places. Then dip each figure in Minwax Polyshades (dark walnut or tudor always gave me the best results) then blot off excess Minwax and set aside to dry. You get colors, you get shading. You're not going to win any contests, but for a fast, painted army, the technique works.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:07 AM
Once you've done the primer you can paint each area thinly with the colour you want and it'll already be looking quite nice but run around with a highlight colour (say 1:1 pale grey and white, something like that) and paint it onto the raised edges that yo want catching some light. Then give them another thin coat of the basic colour. Once you get the hang of it you can layer this technique a few times over with a few different shades of the basic colour in between highlights to build up better transitions - and its really quick and easy!
Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:56 AM
The same artist, Thomas David also goes into details on how to do this technique with airbrush and with spray paint cans in the Speed Painting with Thomas David video on miniaturementor.com
Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:40 PM
Maybe some day when I get more time, more patience, and more paints I will strip down some of my favorites and try to really do some detailed work!
Thanks again, keep any tips coming if you have them!
Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:28 AM
You basically just prime your mini black, then dust it with white primer from the direction you want your light coming from and then use a pre-mixed wash to stain the areas of the mini that you would like to see some color in. I recommend the Games Workshop washes for premixed washes. They are really well made and should do the job in a fast and controlled fashion right out of the pot. Then to top it off, they mix with mostly any other hobby paints well. So for the step that you have been doing with the grey highlighting; you could easily just mix in some of the colored wash into the grey to create a colorized highlight and then use that instead.
1. Prime black.
2. Dust white from direction chosen light source.
3. Stain with washes. (stain more than once for darker colors)
5. Highlight with grey, or grey mixed with a wash.
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