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Just a quick question, what do you exactly define as a table top quality paint job. Is it the old standard 3 colours and a base? A painted model with no highlights/blending/dry brushing just flat colours? Or something completely different!?
Reason is I want to find out if my painting skillz are above table top.
Post a picco of an example if you can.
table top quality for me, is at least three colors... (Drybrushing acceptable) minor shading, no highlights required, and no basing required...
All colors looking clean, and not looking like it would be found in a 3-5 year olds coloring book.
well for me its a very good base coat of paint and the primary colors. like flesh tone, weapon color, and armor. then i make sure all models are marked with their unit identification. thats about it. now elites, commanders, and vehicles have much more. like dry brushing and what not. its about middle ground of show and play.
I am an Indestructible master of War.
My view I think it different from the two above me.
To me is does it look good on a table while being played with, can you tell you missed spots etc. Currently most of my figures only have 2 colors, black and gold. (Home made SM chapter "Black Knights")
Table top quality is different for everyone. Some have a pore table top quality others have a higher one. When I say one of my model has table top quality the are highlighted in at least 4 layers, have every detail picked out and a base that is more then static grass. For some this is showcase and to others they are normal table top. Its a matter of what you feel happy with. If I say that something have table top quality, not my own models, the usually look god from a little distance and not under a daylight globe. In tournaments I believe its most of the time 3 colours? To me drybrus is low table top quality (I have drybrus 98% of the time, the last 2 % is the drybrush/wash technique, like the one Leech use on his nids). And no highlits is defently low table top. But this is my personal vie.
Point is table top = different for every painter/gamer, everyone have there own table top standard
Table top painted model by me, by my standard...
Last edited by Zentradi; July 25th, 2009 at 06:36.
Keep the paint diluted and thin :)
(first rule in Zentradis book of painting)
Tabletop quality differs depending on the painter. Tournaments that require painting generally are fine with 3+ colors.
For casual games, the difference between tabletop quality and bad quality is if the army looks acceptably recognizable from about 2-3ft away. This means that someone can identify the weapon, the shoulders, the head, and maybe even the aquillas and gemstones.
For casual games, better than tabletop is if the painter seems to have spent time on each model individually.
Anything you'd be happy to play with but probably wouldn't win any painting comps.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
Tabletop quality for me is the models that can be found via the link in my sig i.e. anything that I'm happy to game with and I'm not too bothered about it getting too damaged (although I do varnish all my models in the hope of avoiding that) but that isn't quite good enough for showcase standard.
For me at least, tabletop quality varies from person to person and it depends on how good a painter you consider yourself.
What is see as table top quality is a decent base coat, nothing crazy, you know we have all seen some over the top base coat, where you cant see the details in the model. Also table top quality doesnt just have to do with the painting, also the modeling skill, nothing looks as if it was just plopped on and messy looking, and the painting can be simple highlighting or even just dry brushing, washes work well for simple table top quality armies. But everything depends on what you see yourself at, and look at how your models compair to other ones, though you might be more harsh on yourself, you will tend to see the skill levels at high lighting, basing and model detail and time spent into the models.
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