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... So does anyone else get bored doing this? I'm 75% of the way through 6 marines - and I am going to go spare if I do this again.
Has anyone got a cunning way of keeping it fun and focussed when doing a large number of models?
Make up names and quirks for each model as you go. Give them a history, and use that to explain any painting flaws ("Oh, Enginseer Gears McCogboy is a bit lazy and eats to much, which is why his robes have those nasty gravy stains on them...")
I hate production painting so much I unknowingly rush paint my models, seriously, about 1 layer of paint per model. It gives a finished look but does not have an uber detail.
To keep focused I suggest you set yourself a dealing and stick to it, like you have to get the 6 marines done by a certain time, it may serve as encouragment.
It is boring, but it is the fastest way to paint a large number of models, the only way to endure this is with: Force of Will!!!!
There is no other way, but this is going to ensure that your minis of each regiment will look similar (in the way of painting, if you paint each model individualy they can look a litlle bit diferet from each other)
Let me tell you it is really boring on some stages of the painting, there are some areas that are fun to paint.
I recommend LOUD music, and if you're of age, perhaps just a pint or two (no more, otherwise you get sloppy with fine detail )
Seriously, assembly line painting sux, but it really is the only way to slog through troops in any reasonable timeframe. I think that's why I enjoy characters SOOOOO much. There's only 1 at a time.
The mistake of rushing the job is one I've done (several times), and you regret it for a LOT longer than you'd spend taking the time doing it right. Suck it up, take a deep breath, pace yourself, and do what you KNOW you should. You'll be happier in the long run.
Worst case, bunk off for a drink or two and come back refreshed in the morning. :yes:
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i did a fairly infantry heavy guard force... one squad at a time...
basically, assembled, primed, base coated, drybrushed, detailed... done...
one or two colors a day tops,
took like 3 hours a squad...
looks fine tabletop, but not so good up close...
and basically killed my taiste for GW gaming (too many troops needed with no personality)
now i juggle between either painting one of my catachan devildogs (so far outta 5, all are unique and customized) or modding/touching up the cadians
and painging non-gw minis.....
space marines are far worse, being all smooth surfaces and the like...
paint other stuff to break the monotony,
or customize alot
both if you can.
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"Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women"
"JESUS SAVES! the rest of your models each take a wound."
I honestly just listen to music and sing along. I've never had any real problem with cranking out an assembly line of troops if I'm listening to the radio, or I've got a movie running in the background.
The focus factor for me is hearing "Wow, that's cool!", "You are the best painter here" from the people at my gaming store. That just keeps me motivated so much that I've literally spent six hours painting one guard squad before, right down to getting their eyes perfect.
What can I say, I enjoy the praise. :rolleyes:
One thing that you can do is paint one guy up until you are satisfied. Then deconstruct him (metaphorically) and see how you can paint x number of them the same cutting any corners you can.
See if you can spray the base colors on to save time.
If you can't - then use a big tank brush to put the base coat on.
Don't worry about a little slop over (as long as you keep the paint thin) as you can clean it up in the latter stages of painting.
I have a theory that all models go through an "ass" phase were they just look like crap. This is usually right before you start picking out the details. You just need to push past this and you should be much happier with your figures.
Of course taking your mind off things - as others have said - is a good thing. Nothing wrong with listening to music!
Another thing could be to set goals for yourself. "I want to get "x" thing done today. Tommorow my goal is to finish "y"."
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Yeah, I agree with Mike. What I usually do is to paint them all at the same time until they have the base colors on them all. Then I take 1 and just go through all the subsequent steps and finish him alone. Then, using that first guy as a guide, I'll paint the rest of them.
The first one not only breaks the monotony of the assembly line, but you learn how to improve your process and eliminate redundant steps. That way, when you get back to the rest of the squad, there are no wasted moves.
For example, let's say that you have a marine with a black basecoat and a red cross on his leg. I used to highlight my base color (black, in this case) first, then highlight all the other colors (red) subsequently. Yet I found that when I did that, invariably I would have to go back and re-touch the black where the red highlights would accidentally run over. This added a lot of time to the paint job, which I discovered when I painted that first mini. Subsequently, I switched to painting the red highlights first, then highlighting the black, which also doubled as the "touch-ups" I was doing before. This EASILY shaved an hour off of each mini for painting.
So you see, just this little trick alone both broke up the monotony of the assembly line, as well as made my painting more efficient.
Hope that helps
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My XM Radio is constantly on... for any of you with XM channel 81 BPM is the best for painting mini's. Nothing like Techno Dance beats to keep your mind off of the tedium.
Of course my neighbors get a little pissy when the bass is pumping at 2 am while i'm painting.