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Offline azrael71

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Step by step guide to speed painting
« on: February 02, 2010, 01:24:56 PM »
First off, I do not claim to be the best painter on this forum.
I am not even the best painter in my own house ;)
I have been asked to do this by forum members to highlight how I manage to paint so many units a week.

I try to paint my models to an acceptable table top gaming standard.
I am also quite obsessive in everything I do, so that helps  :P

To start off, I prep and clean all my models for specific project in one go.
I then stick them to coffee stirrers.
I try to get at least a stands worth of models on each stick.
Then out to the garage for a quick blast of halfords matt black primer, this is an automotive spray that is better value and qulaity than GW's or army painter's offerings and the colour suits the process I use.
Let these dry about 24 hours but you can, on a sunny warm day begin the next step with minutes :)
Here comes your first choice, do you drybrush adeptus grey or chainmail?
This is decided by what the majority of the model is clothed in, full armour - chain mail, no armour - grey a mix of the 2 you decide. Don't forget by a good black or brown wash later on over chainmail paint can make it look like sweaty horse flesh ;)
For the bull centaurs I decided on grey as I would be using washes for the largest area.
Be quite liberal with your drybrushing for the best results.

Next I wash the entire rear of the model in GW blue wash.
These washes are great and have definitely speeded up how I paint.

At this stage you could drybrush to a lighter shade, but I want quite a dark and grimy appearance to the CD's due to fit in with the fluff of their homeland.

Next up I pick out the hair, beard and fur, first with a heavy overbrush (load your brush and take off the surplus (I use my thumb nail)) of foundation red followed by a lighter overbrush of blood read.

The next step is a liberal coating of mithril silver leaving only the gaps between plates.

Then I wash the silver with black wash, this really helps define the plates whilst dulling down the metal.

If you were doing a high elf model, I would then highlight the armour with silver.

Next off, I pick out some the metal weapons and the top of the helmet and face mask in shining gold, this is then washed with devlan mud followed by a touch up of shining gold.

I next pick out the remaining metal parts with tin bitz, followed by a highlight of bronze.

The wooden haft of the weapon is done in beastial brown with a wash of devlan mud.

Now remove the model from the stick, paint the base with a cheap black acrylic paint

Then dip in sand collected from your last trip to the seaside ;)

I have always used acrylic paint to base my models as I find it performs a very similar function to PVA glue whilst removing a couple of steps from the process.

Leave to dry, then overbrush foundation dark grey.

Superglue him and his mates to a premade base.

Leave to dry again, followed by a quick touch up to the base.

Finally varnish with Halfords, clear varnish and when dry a quick blast of testor's dullcote.
This not only helps protect the model but also keeps the basing material in place ;)

The pictures don't do these guys justice, they look a lot better on the table :)

So there it is how to paint a unit quickly.
Pick a colour scheme for your unit/army and keep it simple.

Hope this helps.

Offline Swordmaster

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Re: Step by step guide to speed painting
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010, 06:29:33 PM »
Thanks for the tutorial Azrael!

I have a few questions, if you don't mind.

1. Would you use drybrushing to any models? Eg. elves seem to look best when they are painted in their clean armour. Drybrush gives a little dirty look to the miniature, which looks better on Orcs, for instance.

2. When you apply particular colour/wash, how many models do you paint in one go? For example, when you drybrushed your bullcentaurs, did you do that for enitre unit before you started to apply blue wash?

3. There are still quite considerable number of stages in your painting. How long, on average, does it take you to paint one unit? By the numbers of regiments you are able to paint I must say I am under the impression, that it takes 15 minutes or so for each one. :)


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Re: Step by step guide to speed painting
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010, 09:02:22 PM »
1. I do sometimes drybrush, but in the main I use overbrushing. I agree for the elves clean lines are best.
When I have done high elves I have found a good drybrush of grey followed by white highlights and the appropriate colour (blue or purple) wash does the trick.

2. I usually do a unit at a time, I do this with most of my stages, I take a unit and do all the steps. Although when I did my wood elves I was doing each stage to 4 units at a time.

3. Today for example I did 2 bull centaurs and a unit of warriors as well as doing the flesh on 3 units of blunderbusses. I usually work in batches of between 2 & 4 units and with the chaos dwarves (heavily armoured) I can paint around 4 units easily in a 3 hour session. So I would say from start to finish a unit takes about an hour.
The bulk approach to prepping really does help out with speeding things up.

Offline pw

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Re: Step by step guide to speed painting
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2010, 09:35:44 PM »
Now that is seriously fast. Even seeing your techniques laid out like this (thanks by the way, this is really interesting stuff) I can't imagine getting to your speeds. I also can't imagine relearning the way I paint to such an extent. After nearly 25 years of geekery I think I've got pretty set in my ways. I'm definately going to try to up my use of washes though.

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Re: Step by step guide to speed painting
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2010, 12:40:16 AM »
Nicely done Azreal71 and thanks for the step by step.  I know it can be alot of work to put a step by step together for posting.

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Re: Step by step guide to speed painting
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2010, 12:28:21 PM »
I know, I would have got my blunderbusses done yesterday  :D if it hadn't been for that post ;)