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Friday, 27 July 2012
Painting Models in 3 Easy Steps
Quick Guide to Painting
As a youngster I
remember reading a painting guide in an old copy of Wargames
Illustrated, and what struck me the most about this guide is that I
had to turn the page to continue reading the article it was that
There was something
epic like 48 steps, which although covered everything in great detail
I couldn’t help but think 'talk about taking the long way round',
especially as I looked at the pile of 80 High Elves in front of me
(yup, like most children I started out in Fantasy).
Every time I paint a
model now I cant help but think back on that old guide, and chuckle.
It must have taken the painter hours to finish the model and even
longer to write the guide. So, to keep the universe in balance and to
show my years of experience I present my guide to painting models,
in... 3 steps!
You will need,
1x Undercoated Model. I
present Mr Viking
Paint the model in
block colours. By this I mean, paint his tunic all one colour, all
one thickness, the same everywhere. Don’t try and be fancy with
painting light to represent shadow, its not worth the time or effort.
The key here is to be
crisp and clean.
The wash. Some people
like to call it the 'Dip', I use a wash method. Instead of dipping
the model and having thick gunge all over, take your time, be more
precise. Paint the stain on, be liberal with it, but direct it to
where you want it. Concentrate on seems in clothing and places that
will naturally be shaded.
The end result should
be something like your base colour, but darker.
Repaint the model.
Using your original colours, paint over the majority of the areas,
leaving only the areas that are in shade, folds in clothing etc.,
with a medium to dark brown tinge.
Of course if you then
want to go ahead and do 10 more steps of further detail on top of
this guy, then you can, and you have a great platform to work on as
the majority of the painting has been completed in very little time
Thanks for reading, if
you want to know anything further, like materials or what 'dip' to
use, please don’t hesitate to email me, or post a comment below.