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In about 3 months I have a tourney for which I have to paint 80 models including 4 tanks and 2 sentinels.
I would like advice on some points:
1. Do you have any tips for painting guardsmen pretty fast but of a decent quality?
2. Do you have a trick to paint a base in one time? Now I have to paint it with 3 layers for a good covering
3. What is a good way to keep being motivated.
Thanks in advance
EDIT: sorry for double threads could someone put the replies with the other one
Last edited by grotsnik; February 12th, 2010 at 05:59.
Im doing the same thing as you except I have 97 models and 4 tanks. The best advice I could tell you is to chain-paint all your guardsmen. For example do the armor on every 10 guardsmen and then the fatigues a solid color on the bottom. I then paint two more colors on the fatigues for camo. Then I do all the silvers, boots scorched brown and finally the skin. I use elf flesh, highlighted with dwarf flesh with a layer of watered down flesh wash. That seems to be the fastest and best looking for me.
What color is your base coat? Black should go on pretty easily in one coat, white will not. The best way to do a base coat fast is the overpriced GW spraypaint.
Me telling you to keep motivated would be a little ironic because ive been playing IG for 5 or 6 years now and not even half of my models are painted. Just keep at it though it will be worth it. My friends tell me my army looks great when its all down on the table.
The foundation paints and washes really are your friends here, I've done my guardsmen with little time available to me over recent months and have generally been able to get 200 points done in a sitting or 2 by just following the same principles. Set yourself small targets to keep motivated: "last month I did all the command elements of the army, this month I want to get vehicles done, next month I'll do 40 guardsmen." You have a tournament to aim for so motivation shouldn't be SUCH an issue.
As for speed painting tanks, a roughcoat spray gives a good textured finish to paint over that drybrushes up really nicely. Minimal effort required.
What colour scheme are you going for? Have you thought about making a project log like the one I've got here ([Tale of Painters] Æ's infinite legion of guardness, or "fodder to the front!")?
The fastest way to get good results is to use washes and drybrushing. Prime the models using a spray (doesn't matter what colour, it's just to make the paint stick right), then you paint a base coat over the whole model with the foundation paint in a colour of your choice. These are really thick and give a great coverage, you'll need to water them down but this just means you are painting even faster.
Once that's done use an appropriate wash to give you shading, then drybrush the foundation colour mixed with a fair bit of white to give highlights. At this point your model should look pretty decent.
After that go in with extra colours to do metal, the face and other detail in the right colours. For the face and significant metal areas you may want to use an appropriate wash and then lightly paint them again. Washes are really really good, they will be doing at least 50% of the work for you. Painting in batches is generally pretty effective too, since you get into a rhythm.
You have plenty of time to do this. I work in groups of 10-20 models and can churn out a group a week, more or less. And that's on top of full-time school and part-time work.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
thanks for all advice also in my other thread.
I meant with a base, the bases on which the models are standing on but the other advice is still good
my colour scheme:
clothes: desertyellow (base), rotting flesh (drybrush)
eagles(aquilla's?): grey (base), skull white (highlight)
face: tallarn flesh (base), elf flesh (highlight)
metal: boltgun metal (base), badab black (wash), botgun metal again (highlight)
it doesn't look a good idea for me to do a blog since my painting isn't really good
Last edited by grotsnik; February 12th, 2010 at 06:47.
Sounds a nice easy scheme. My bases are codex grey with slate/model railway ballast superglued on.
A blog can be a great help to painting an army,you're always going to get useful advice from others on it.
In terms of staying motivated, all you can really do is make sure you diversify your painting so youre not always painting the same thing. it tends to get boring doing flak vest after flak vest, and you find in your boredom you miss bits or something which is really annoying.
i have some advice regarding chainpainting, the best way ive seen, is to invest in an airbrush, the games workshop ones are 55$ or so and you gotta buy the propellant, then because youve chosen wisely with your fatigue colour, spray your entire model collection with that colour, then just go over the flak vests and helments, reblack the boots and your face and hands with the skin tone. then just wash them all with devlan mud or whatever combination you come up with. guy at my games workshop did that for his models and they look fantastic.
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