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I've been playing 40k for ten years but only started fantasy a year ago. In that time i have done a high elf army a gobbo army and a lizardman army.
However i find fantasy models much harder to paint, i dont know but try as i might my fantasy models never seem to come out as well as my 40 stuff. Now with the wood elves looming (ive decided i like pointy ears and bows to much to do any other army) i want to paint them really well,
has anyone else noticed that its easier to paint 40k than fantasy (or vice versa) and can any long term fantasy painters give me some specific tips for painting those slightly smaller models?
WELL SAID, NO MORE SQUATS THEY ARE DEAD GET OVER ITOriginally Posted by artificer
i've always found 40k models easier to paint, generally the fantasy figs have more 'fiddly bits' and need a bit more patience. I'm not a fantastic painter but general tips i'd suggest are:
1) when painting rank and file in bulk using conveyor belt techniques use a smaller amount of figs than you would with 40k, maybe 3 at a time instead of 4 or 5
2) make sure you are totally clear in your head about the colour schemes before you paint the model, give great thought as to the basecoat and the end result it will produce.
but most of all: 3) don't be put off by the complexity of some of the models, the principals are the same and the end results can be stunning!
I'm sure better painters than me can suggest tips that are less generalised, but i hope this has helped!
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I recently painted 48 Skinks all at once in order to achieve a uniform look with the wash coats, colour mixing etc, but they're simpler to paint than Wood Elves of course.
To paint small things well just use a very detailed brush and take some time. It's not as hard as it looks to paint small details.
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I think rather than one "game" being easier to paint than another it's more like the different races being easier to paint than other races. For example space marines are proably the easiest thing to paint that i can think of because most of their surfaces are flat. Imperial guard and orks are significantly harder to paint than marines. skinks are really easy to paint in my opionion but other models would be far harder to paint. Also it depends on your style, well that's all I have to say.
I too have noticed that I don't paint my fantasy figs quite as well as I paint my 40k ones. However as almost all the fantasy figs I've painted so far are skellies that may well come down to sheer monotous boredom.
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I am a religious fantasy player and most of the models in my army have lots of fiddly bits that require painting (all 210 models). Also the fact that most fantasy models are one piece pewter models only adds to the difficulty.
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