Song seemed appropriate. Anyway. Today I challenged myself to paint a model quickly. That’s not to say poorly, just in a fast, efficient manner that would maximize time spent with hands on the model.
To this end I chose two key elements. First, a model with a cohesive visual theme, the Vindicare Assassin. The model is one of stealth and subterfuge, not bright colors and heraldry. Struck me as a perfect test subject for the project.
With my model chosen, I moved on to how to get the most bang for my painting buck. Simple. Washes.
Washes are wonderful, wonderful things. You can use them for all kinds of practical things from guide coats, to high speed shading, to imparting secondary tones. I use them frequently, and anyone who argues otherwise is an elitist. Do what works for you, and produces results you’re happy with. Simple as that, so let’s roll.
Time to paint
For this model, knowing I’d be relying heavily on black washes, I decided to work off of a grey base, as opposed to the black base I might use for a model that I intend to be so dark. I sprayed the model a typical medium grey, then laid down a base coat of a slightly darker grey to ensure a nice consistent color to work off of. While not always necessary, this step can help out quite a bit if you’re unsure of the quality of your spray.
After getting a nice working surface I blocked in the basic colors of the model. Not really going to elaborate here, as I figure most of you can manage that bit on your own! One thing I did do though, was try to leave little bits of the dark grey showing through around the edges of interesting places that would naturally be in shadow. Since it was the darkest paint I’d be using on this stage of the model, it makes sense the wash would really (metaphorically) shine here. After painting the guns, pouches, armor suit and a few other bits, I washed the *entire* model in GW’s Nuln Oil. Once that had dried, I washed the guns again, this time using Army Painter’s ‘Dark’ wash. This was the result thus far… not bad.
At this point, the model could theoretically be placed on the tabletop without really offending anyone. Still, a little bit more effort will really help sell the piece.
To this end we’re going to layer. Building up thin layers of paints is called layering, or occasionally glazing. Either way, we’ll start by layering a thinned down version of the pre-wash color on some of the raised sections of the model, while trying to keep in mind where the light would actually hit the model. On top of this, I layer a 60/40 mix of my original deep red and a bright, blood red. I do similarly for the brown and two greys used on the model. At this point, it’s time to do a fine edge highlight on the gun (painting a somewhat brighter silver along the sharp edges of the gun to suggest light reflecting), to help it gain some substance. Once that’s complete, we need to go through and pick out the detail, lenses, purity seals, etc. Similar techniques are employed, thin paints, washes, layers, etc. A quick bit of glow detailing (OSL) on the eyes, which looking after the fact need a bit of polishing up, an we’re ready for our clear coat! Never skrimp on a clear coat. You spent all that time on this labor of love, protect it. Finally, we have a finished product, ready for basing!
All in all, only a couple or so hours with a fair bit of that spent waiting on washes to dry. Hope you all enjoyed, til next time, keep painting!