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I know I'm going to get some grief for this ...but I was wondering if anyone has used Quick shade or army painter to get a good effect on Black.
I used QS to paint the SkullPass box set and was delighted with the effect - I've since used it on my warmaster High Elves, 40k Eldar and a Chaos Fantasy Army and I really don't think you can beat it.
Before I get loads of grief for 'cheating' ...I have 3 kids under 10 and a fulltime job ...I'd love to spend hours painting figs ...but that time isn't there anymore (I've been gaming since I was 14 ..I'm 34 now) I'd rather get a good effect for little effort!
I've recently ordered 2 sets of Black reach and I'm hoping to paint the SM's as Black Templars (I've just read a book about the Knights of St John and the Siege of Malta ...so i'm dead into the iconography.)
Anyway ..I was wondering if someone could answer these questions.
What colour should I use before I QS the figs? Are GW decals easy to use ...or would it be far less stressful to just buy the sculpted shoulder pads.
GW decals are actually quite poor quality, I would paint the detail or else use the sculpted pads where possible.
Otherwise, you could Greenstuff the icons on - the BT maltese cross is quite easy to do, you can even go as far as creating a GS mould - though I won't explain the technique for Copyright infringement potential...
Personally, I wouldn't worry about getting grief. To each his own, and given your family commitments, I say hats off to you for actually getting figures painted. I have a pair of 5-year olds at home, so I know exactly how much free time you have.
That being said, I don't think Army Painter will work on a black primed figure. Army Painter works by shading basecoats and shading doesn't work on black. I think you have three options:
1. Simply highlight the black with grey
2. Prime a dark grey and then shade with Army Painter, which will probably end up being a lighter color than you want.
3. You could also give is some grey highlights (e..g, drybrush) and then shade with Army Painter, but that seems like an over the top way to go.
I think your best bet is to do a heavy drybrush of a medium -dark grey and then do the quickshade. If you think about it, it would still be quicker than your normal basecoating time because laying down a solid basecoat is more time consuming than a quick drybrush.
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For quick and easy black templar badges Id go ahead and print some using these methods.
Painting black can be a serious pain. While wonderful models can be produced by putting hours into layering a good dry brushin could give a very nice effect too. Id suggest ensuring your brush barely touches the surface of the model so you just get the extreme edges. A mix of Chaos black and Charadon granite should produce a decent colour.
Hope to see some pictures soon. Good luck.
I don't think it will work out too well. You could try painting them dark grey and they doing a heavy black shading, but I don't think it will give a convincing black effect. It'll just look like dirty grey. For some reason shaded black only seems to work when it's done with perspective lighting. I dunno, maybe out brains aren't fooled as easily.
Fortunately for you, as DanJones mentioned, black power armor is decently well suited to another speed painting method. The quick and dirty all-over drybrush.