Sunday, June 16, 2019

Speed Painting Blood Bowl Skaven - Part 2

In part one of this project I detailed my work choosing a uniform for these rats and included an image of the miniatures with their base colors applied.

SquadPainter Blood Bowl Skaven Skavenblight Speed Painting wash Agrax Earthshade Scramblers alternative colors

Here are the Skaven after washing over the base colors with Games Workshop's Agrax Earthshade.

The Vallejo Game Color paints are muted by the Agrax Earthshade, but the payoff is in the quick and easy shadows created by the wash. All of the details and sculpting suddenly appeared and it looks like I spent far more time on the miniatures than I actually did.

Using colors that work with the same wash is a huge time-saver. I didn't have to go into each detail and pick out different areas. Once large brush over the whole mini did the job.

The miniatures look great as they are, but they'll look even better once a few highlights are applied.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Speed Painting Blood Bowl Skaven - Part 1

I finished painting my first two Blood Bowl teams from the core box: the Humans and the Orcs. I wanted to expand the game with another team. Which should I pick? Skillful elves? Sneaky goblins? I wanted a team that played differently that my other two.  

Skaven Scramblers Speed Painting Blood Bowl 28mm Rats Fantasy Football Miniatures SquadPainter Vallejo Game Color basecoating

I finally decided on the fast-running mutated rats: Skaven! I didn't like the paint scheme that was featured on the box, or the one that is shown in the Games Workshop quick-paint video. After checking out a few alternatives, I spotted a livery that I fancied.

Here they are in their basecoated state. I started with a dark brown over the whole model which was primed white. Then I added the flesh tones of Vallejo Game Color Dwarf Skin. After that I used VGC Terracotta for the orange base color. The final color will be a bright orange, but if I started with that it would take many layers to cover the dark brown as oranges tend to be translucent. After that I added black and gold. The off-white will look good; it'll make the miniatures pop when it is done!

Next up: finishing up the last of the basecoat colors... then a wash of GW Agrax Earthshade.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Blood Bowl Orcs - Finished!

In my first post I detailed the Orcs’ initial steps: basecoating through the wash. The second post covered dry brushing and a few highlights. Today we are bringing them home! Here are the “Da Ded Skulz” in all their glory.
SquadPainter Games Workshop GW Blood Bowl Orcs Speed Painting drybrushing Da Def Headz Ded Skulz red Vallejo Game Color Humbrol Clear Finished

The drybrushing left some red here and there on the miniature, but since I ensured that my brush was very dry, it only dusted the raised areas. The ensuing highlights quickly covered them. It was a clever trick to drybrush the red first! The green skin was easy to highlight. The metal went on nicely. I used MicroSol and MicroSet to get the decals to lie flat (after I initially gloss varnished the panel that would take the transfer).

I scattered old-school sawdust style flock for the grassy pitch and dabbed little patches of brown gravel for interest. It’s amazing how a tidy base makes a miniature more pleasing to the eye.

I brushed on a few coats of Humbrol Clear Gloss (water based) to give them a hard candy shell. Then I knocked down the gloss with a light coat (or two) of Army Painter Anti-Shine. Perfect! Now they will hold up to the rigors of Blood Bowl play.

On the whole I am happy with these 12 figures. Any Games Workshop figure will have so much detail that it is hard to speed-paint them in a traditional sense, but using that wash and then subsequently drybrushing with red sped things along nicely.

Having a good strategy for painting can shave lots of time off of a project!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Wars of the Roses Archers - Quickshade Finished!

In part 1 and part 2 I detailed assembly, and the Quickshade dip. Here are the archers all based up and ready for those pesky Lancastrians. I think that they turned out pretty well, especially the faces, bows and pants.
After the Army Painter Quickshade Strong Tone dried, I went over some of the colors with some quick highlights. The faces had a few dabs of light flesh paint added to the cheeks, chin, and fingers.

The metal bits were painted Vallejo Model Air chrome and then washed with Games Workshop Nuln Oil. A few chrome highlights were quickly added here and there.

The bowstrings (added with brass wire during assembly) were painted and carefully dotted. Finally, the figures were varnished and based onto Litko 40x40mm wood bases.

It was a fun project that went very quickly. I have some more Wars of the Roses archers that I’m basecoating now. I’ll post pictures of them soon.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Wars of the Roses Archers - Quickshade Part 2

In part one of this series, I detailed how I brought these Perry Wars of the Roses plastic archers to their pre-Quickshade state. They looked pretty uninspired at that point, and I always stop and think: "Are these really going to turn out okay?"

Perry Wars of the Roses plastic archers Speed painting SquadPainter 28mm Bloody Barons wired bows Army Painter Quickshade Strong Tone

Then the Army Painter Quickshade Strong Tone is brushed on, making sure that it doesn't pool.

Then they look good. Really good!

You can see from the pictures that all of the detail has been picked out. The flesh is shaded. The belting is shadowed. The studded items have every metal bit emphasized... and it only took about 20 seconds per model to brush it on.

Perry Wars of the Roses plastic archers Speed painting SquadPainter 28mm Bloody Barons wired bows Army Painter Quickshade Strong Tone Post-dip ready for highlights

I have not done the metal bits yet; I have another technique that I use for those pieces. For now they are left black or silver. But that's the beauty of brushing on the Quickshade: you put it where you want it.

Most people stop here, but I feel that David Imrie from Saxon Dog gets full credit for showing what can be done AFTER this point in the process. Next up is the step that takes these very good miniatures to great: highlighting!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Wars of the Roses Archers - Quickshade Part 1

A while ago I purchased a box of Perry plastic Wars of the Roses archers (and billmen) to support our tabletop battles.

Perry Plastic archers Wars of the Roses 28mm speed painting SquadPainter Army Painter
We needed levy archers that could be used on either side of our conflicts to fill out various regiments. I decided on a green and light gray livery with a rampant bear for heraldry. You get bonus points if you figure out what house wears this livery... but any points earned are immediately deducted for being a fantasy nerd.

Perry Plastic archers Wars of the Roses 28mm speed painting SquadPainter Army Painter basecoat Vallejo Game Color
For these figures I chose to implement the Saxon Dog painting technique: basecoat - Army Painter Quickshade - highlight. It is a speedy process that yields great looking miniatures.

Perry Plastic archers Wars of the Roses 28mm speed painting SquadPainter Army Painter basecoat Vallejo Game Color
Here are the figures in their unassuming basecoat colors. I used a big brush to work quickly with my Vallejo Game Color paints. It probably took me longer to assemble them and wire up their bows than it did to slap these colors onto them.

They look positively pedestrian at this stage. However, next up is the when the magic happens: Quickshade!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Polish 1939 Early War Test Figures Completed

Well... I went a bit overboard with my test Early War Miniatures 20mm Polish 1939 figures. It took me a few minis to settle on the technique and colors that I wanted to use, but I finally arrived.

Early War Miniatures Polish 20mm figures WW2 WWII wargaming metal text figure Foundry basecoated highlight black prime
There are a variety of styles here: base coats and washes, paint mixed from Vallejo Game Color, black primed, white primed, gray primed, Foundry triad style, and Vallejo Model Color paints. Each has its pros and cons. Some were just too dark (rearmost right). Others were too busy with the wash picking out extraneous details (front left). One didn't have enough contrast between the basecoat and highlights (front right).

The one that stood out for me was the Foundry style (frontmost with paint dabs on the base). It was clean, pretty quick to apply, and it looks good! I started with a spray of gray Duplicolor Sandable Primer. Then I washed the figure with Nuln Oil wash with a drop of black paint; I wanted those recess to go pure black. Next I applied my base coats with Vallejo Model Colors as suggested by the Flames of War Blitzkrieg guide. I applied brighter highlights than I would have on a 28mm figure.

The results are solid. It isn't as fast as washing the whole figure with ink, but I like how I can control where the folds are... if there is a spare nick or extra crease it doesn't show up. I only needed a single highlight to make the figure pop.

None of the figures are all the way done. I stopped on each one once I had a good idea what my results would be. You can see on the front figure I haven't done the pouches, etc.

So, it'll be the Foundry style for my Polish forces!

Next up: Putting it Into Production