Here are my GW Blood Bowl Dwarves after I quickly brushed the miniatures with a wash of undiluted Agrax Earthshade.
Speed Painting Step Two - The Wash
As you can see from my previous post, the wash makes a huge difference. All of the details are picked out. The beards have a warmer feel. The fingers are shaded.
The wash darkened the minis, but the next steps will fix that.
The white bits on the base are smears of wall spackle paste to fill the holes. It's water-based and dries quickly. They'll be painted green and then flocked.