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I'm looking at starting an Empire army, but something concerns me. I've heard that State Troops (and I believe someone said especially Swordsmen) are a pain in the behind to paint. Now, I'm not the fastest painter anyway, but given the number of them present in an average Empire army, I'd like to know if this is true.
ARE the infantry models difficult to paint? If so, why? Is it because they have lots of detail that people feel obliged to paint? Because they pose in awkward positions?
The Empire state troops miniatures are a real delight if you're interested in painting up great individual models due to the detail on their body components. However, for ranked units, you'll need to get past the desire to detail everything. I recently finished 20 halberdiers using a quartered blue-white heraldry.
The miniatures themselves are not harder to paint than any other troop type. However, their level of detail can lead you to spend unnecessary time with detail techniques. Examples are embossed armor, ribbons/bandages, pouches, belts, daggers, parchments/seals, skull totems, hourglasses, fabric rips, etc. Stick to scorched brown for all leather belts, pouches, totems, etc. Just paint the ribbons in the fabric's highlight color. Remember to paint the swordsmen shields separately and attach them after the figure's paint is done. You'll find the results of simple and quick techniques will look fine if you just spend a bit more time detailing the front rank.
Last edited by Shashi; August 6th, 2007 at 15:48.
No different than any other models in the game.
Just make sure you don't assemble them completely before painting. Then it will be very hard to reach certain areas.
I leave the shield arm off until the end.
The new state troops are a joy to paint. I'm normally awful at batch painting, but these are proving to be a pleasure rather than a trial... You can put the whole model together and it's still easy to paint the whole thing. (built mine as halberdiers btw)
Being a somewhat of an occasional perfectionist, I tend to paint even rank-and-file units with a high level of detail. And trust me, detail is what the new State Troops have :yes:
So yes, it can take long, but they're not hard to paint. And with one or two regiments of them painted, you will have developed a technique to get the paint job you want quickly. Good luck with the games.
I think, like with most things, it comes down to how much time you're willing to devote to your minis. I think some of the detail could be skipped in the name of speed.
Yeah, of course the motivation to paint 20+ State Troop regiments is occasionally hard to find. And in the beginning it will take longer than in the end as your skills improve. Or they should anyway (funny how I never noticed it until years later =X)
After painting nearly 200 empire models I can say this;
Choose a simple colour scheme using base colours, no mixing.
Drybrushing is your friend.
Ink is your friend.
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