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Putting together an ork army with 180 boyz plus lootas etc, and need a quick way to paint them.
I was thinking about undercoating them green, painting the armour (or lack of) in black, and silver/brown for the weapons, then dipping them.
Any other ways to get the army ready for the tabletop quickly, but still pleasing to the eye?
Undercoat them in your cloth color. Painting on the green is easier than trying to touch all the cloth up in between armor and straps.
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You sound like you've got a good way, the exact way I plan to do my Orks actually. Just coat, dry brush my armor scheme, do details on my important models and dip. Could probably get your models done in a week easily.
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Airbrush is very good for SM where most of the mini is one color. Orks have so many details it limits the interrest. The best way I found is:
do azimutal highlighting with the airbrush
wash each main portion with adequate color (skin, pants, shirt)
add details (the longuest)
one general wash of ogryn flesh (not as quick as dipping but more precise)
more steps if you want more than the average for not so much time:
you can do a couple of drybrush to insist on some highlights
do even more details on the face (highlight, teeths, eyes). This is the central point of the mini, if it rocks, people will forgot about the lack of detail on the rest on the mini.
Dipping works better for pretty much any color that is not Black.
Consider making brown armor and green skin and white teeth and dipping them in brown.
Dipping works great, When I was painting my orks I found painting the arms and heads before gluing them onto the body made it faster and tidier to paint them. The muscle shirts and ball joint heads dont really need GS to hide gaps so it works well.
I painted mine the old way but if I was going to do it again I would dip. Infact I am going to dip them anyway cause it makes them look better.
Plack doesnt come up as well as other colours but on all my dipped models the black looks like it was powdercoated once the matt varnish is on. I quite like the look though Ihave avoided doing it on large surfaces so far.
miniwargaming had a few articles about painting orks easily
Using washes to paint them fast:
Painting Great Looking Orks Using Citadel Washes - MiniWarGaming
video series on a guy painting lots of orks very quickly:
100 Orks in 8 Days - Day 1 - MiniWarGaming
i think it outlines the process somewhere either in the videos or description