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kilgore
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Easy painting Sat, 17 February 2007 14:30
Hi all,

First of all I have to admit that I have no experience in painting minatures and moreover I am positive that I will not have time to try it.

Although I'm thinking about painting Battlelore figures. Easy way. Paint them all (using for example spray paint) in three colours - green, blue and red.

I think that it can some clarity and look interesting on the battlefield.

What do you think about this idea? Do you have any suggestions? What kind of spray paint shoud I use (I'm thinking about the spray becouse I want to do it very quickly).

Thank you for any suggestions,
Jarek
      
cbs42
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Re:Easy painting Sat, 17 February 2007 15:23
It is an interesting idea. Rather than totally coat each one, it might be more visually appealing if you just highlight certain elements of the figures (helms, gauntlets, etc...) in the chosen color. Granted, this will take more time than a general spray, but will still be significantly quicker than an intricate multi-color paint job.

One thing to be aware of is that you'll be limiting the versatility of your figures this way. Once you paint a given figure red, for example, you probably won't want to use it as a blue or green troop. This not only limits your total troop selection, but may also increase your setup time -- since you'll need to look for a specific troop color, rather than just any troop with the right mold.
      
kilgore
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Re:Easy painting Sat, 17 February 2007 16:52
I'm looking for painting that will be really quick. Something that I can manage to do within half a day, so I think that the spray option is the best for me.

Moreover it will be much faster to set up when you have your units painted. Right now I'm looking through the whole bunch of almost the same minatures to find the correct ones - it will be faster when they will be coloured.
      
zefert1
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Re:Easy painting Sat, 17 February 2007 17:15
cbs42 wrote on Sat, 17 February 2007 09:23

It is an interesting idea. Rather than totally coat each one, it might be more visually appealing if you just highlight certain elements of the figures (helms, gauntlets, etc...) in the chosen color. Granted, this will take more time than a general spray, but will still be significantly quicker than an intricate multi-color paint job.

One thing to be aware of is that you'll be limiting the versatility of your figures this way. Once you paint a given figure red, for example, you probably won't want to use it as a blue or green troop. This not only limits your total troop selection, but may also increase your setup time -- since you'll need to look for a specific troop color, rather than just any troop with the right mold.



But it would be so easy to see the different colors
      
JTQuest
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Re:Easy painting Mon, 19 February 2007 17:41
I just started doing something similar yesterday. I knocked out about 100 figures in between household chores.

I mounted 12 infantry or 9 cavalry figures at a time onto a 12 inch 2x4 with tack putty. Then I hit them with Krylon white spray primer. Then I brush painted them with slightly watered-down Craft-Smart (Michaels) acrylics: Red, Blue, and Green.

I really like the way they came out, sort of mottled, with raised features lighter and depressions darker. Much easier to distinguish units in lower light conditions. After I finish all 200+ I'll probably do a little detailing, silver for swords and armor, etc.

Just a note; I've NEVER painted minis before.
      
kilgore
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Re:Easy painting Mon, 19 February 2007 21:23
Wow! That's exactly what I was thinking about. Smile

Can you make some photos and post it on-line? I'd like to see how it looks like...
      
JTQuest
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Re:Easy painting Mon, 19 February 2007 22:54
I'll try to take a few tonight and post them to imageshack.
      
JTQuest
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Re:Easy painting Tue, 20 February 2007 13:56
Well, my photography skills are as weak as my painting skills, but here's a few pics:

http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/8773/dadsphotos007lz7.jpg

http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/6247/dadsphotos001qj9.jpg

http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/3141/dadsphotos002pv2.jpg

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/6923/dadsphotos003ih1.jpg

I applied red a little heavier to avoid a pinkish look. As I said, I may go back and do a little detailing.

I haven't done the dwarves/goblins/creatures yet. I'm trying to decide how to differentiate them from the humans. Maybe I'll prime them black, see if that gives them a different look.


      
kilgore
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Re:Easy painting Tue, 20 February 2007 14:23
Wow!
This is exactly what I was thinking about. Smile
Now I'm sure that I will do the same. Thank you very much.

I think that the idea with black primer for goblins/dwarfs sounds good. Please show them when you paint them too, ok?
      
kilgore
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Re:Easy painting Tue, 20 February 2007 14:42
One more question -
Is there a need to secure painted figures with varnish?
What do you think? If yes which is better gloss or matt?

I'm totaly new in painting figures so I have no idea what should be done.
      
JTQuest
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Re:Easy painting Tue, 20 February 2007 15:46
I will not be clear coating mine.

I might if I spent hours and hours turning them into little works of art, like some of the very talented folks who have posted their results have done.
      
*player29746
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Re:Easy painting Tue, 20 February 2007 16:32
JTQuest wrote on Tue, 20 February 2007 08:46

I will not be clear coating mine.

I might if I spent hours and hours turning them into little works of art, like some of the very talented folks who have posted their results have done.




Well, like you mentioned I did spend hours... but unlike what you mentioned I am not a "very talented folk". My figures came out very satisfactorily, but I got to say that I wish I had done it your way and then added a little detail. It would be very easy and quick to do what you have done, and then add silver to the helmets and swords by hand with a small brush. Decals on the shields would have been easy. A dab of proper color on the face, and brown or black for belts, packs, boots and pouches.

The beauty is that once the base color is done, you could use them in games and benefit from greater ease of play, and then paint the other colors in stages later on. Whenever you have an hour or so, add the silver. Then on another occasion, add the faces. On another, the boots, etc.

I am thinking that would have been the way to do it.
      
JTQuest
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Re:Easy painting Tue, 20 February 2007 18:45
"The beauty is that once the base color is done, you could use them in games and benefit from greater ease of play, and then paint the other colors in stages later on. Whenever you have an hour or so, add the silver. Then on another occasion, add the faces. On another, the boots, etc."

That's pretty much the plan. I don't know how far down the "and then... and then... etc" I'll get, but who knows. By the time I'm done, I might have to clear coat them.
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