Here is a way to SPEED PAINT!
Paint up MOUNTAINS of miniatures in minutes!
instructions, and you can get a step by step method for painting quickly and yet
have decent looking armies.
Here is the
first step of my black primer method.
all the flash off the figures, use white glue to glue them down on
tongue depressors. Note that the
figures are roughly at the same angle, where one can reach in there
between them with a brush.
Usually this means about 8 foot or 4-6 mounted for 15mm.
See how these
20mm horses get glued down. All
at the same angle, riderless at first.
Then, once dry, use super glue to paste down the riders.
Here I lay own
the dried sticks. This way I can
get at them with a minimum of touching.
view of the figures before spraying with flat black primer
can with a close up of the figures.
This is how I
hold the can. Spray all the
figures well, leave no silver at all, if you can help it.
Watch out: you can spray too much, and
cover all the details up…
Do not go crazy!
See how I have
covered the figures? Let them
dry, do the other side, then stand up the sticks and spray from all
angles. You should be able to
cover 95% of the figures. If you
miss some nooks and crannies, do not worry.
I have a fix for that.
Here are the
finished and dried figures. Note
that the flash made them shine. I
usually let them dry overnight before painting.
I now take an
older, soft brush and paint on some black paint to make sure all the
figures are totally black. THIS
IS VERY IMPORTANT>>>> YOU DO NOT WANT THE FINISHED FIGURES TO SHOW ANY
silver where it is not supposed to be!
the black is all dried, I start with the hands and faces.
I do all 120 figures at one time.
the flesh has dried, I wash on a thinned brown, mixed with a little
matte water-soluble varnish.
This gives the figure a lot of character.
Also, the average customer will look at the details of the faces
and straps right away…. So pay attention to those!
Note that I slopped over the edges of the
hands and such. No matter… we
will be painting over that, so why waste time?
Now I do up
the basic uniform. I
deliberately choose a little lighter shade to make the color and the
figures stand out. Also, since
black absorbs colors, especially reds and yellows, you will need to have
fairly dense paints to do this.
See.. You are
about ½ way done with these 1870 Bavarian Infantry!
how I deliberately leave a little black line between some folds
(such as between the pleats of the tunic? ), this provides the
illusion of depth. Also,
as we progress to completion, you will need to pay more
attention to not slopping over lines.
is a step by step look.
I painted the brown backpacks and the musket stocks.
did the grey of the great coat-rolls around the shoulder and the
grey of the pants.
Then I did the
“distinctions”, which are the cuffs, collars, and turnbacks.
See how I left the black in the seams of the tunics, which I high
light with the unit color…in this case, yellow.
shoulder distinctions, too.
Then I do the
white… the breadbag has some of the black show at the seams.
This adds depth without work.
Then the white
canteen on the backpack, then the shoulder straps (although it is
blurry, you can still see the straps and the musket strap, too)
Then I do the
gun metal, the gold helmet plate, the bugle (in the case of the bugler).
You can see
the highlighted flesh on the finished and based figures.
the flesh by adding a minor dab on the high spots on the face and hands…
the figures are done!
Now, you need to spray a cover coat of some sort...in
this case I chose a matte Spray. Then, after the lacquer dries,
carefully twist the sticks and the figures pop right off.
Carefully glue them down and then flock the base. In this case,
with Bavarians of 1870, I am using them in a game where all the figures
are on a 3 inch square base.
What do you think?
Trust me, do this once or twice and you will zipping through 100 figures
in one day. I recommend either our own 20mm Figures or Minifigs -
both paint up fast and easy!
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