Sunday, 8 April 2012

WotR Day 2- More Prep. Lovely.

If I have to find a silver lining, prepping gives you a chance to familiarise yourself with the figure, notice small details, and anticipate painting challenges, all of which leads you to plan an efficient painting production line- because that's what I'm going to need for this task.

Figures arranged by type

I've decided to use 'The Dip' technique, which I've never used before. The figures have a surprising amount of physical depth of detail, so I'm hoping I'll get good contrast between the raised and deep layers.

  • Fast
  • Protective
  • They're only board game pieces, not 'tabletop miniatures', so I'm not too fussed if it's not perfect.
  • I've never done this before, and don't want to utterly ruin the figures
  • Orcs etc should be fine, but what about elves and the characters, which are less dirty and should deserve more time and effort?
I'm not sold on the Army Painter tones, and will be heading to the local hardware store to find a cheaper alternative. But I do like their coloured primers, and will be using 'Leather Brown' for this task. I mostly use black undercoat, and very occasionally white. I know you have to paint dip miniatures lighter, and I did consider white, but the brown should save me time with boots, straps, horses etc.

But first: basing. I've decided to give texture to the bases with some sand and, later, flock. I don't really have to, but I just can't help myself. PVA and sand. Luckily some of the miniatures have a cast rock they're standing on, so I don't have to base them!

This took me just over an hour. Then I stuck them to tongue depressors with a dob of PVA- now they have to dry overnight, hopefully I can spray them tomorrow without running out of spray on an Easter weekend.

 Bases with sand and stuck to tongue depressors

I hate prepping.

1 comment:

  1. I know what you mean about Army Painter - I use Klear/Pledge, available from Tesco or Sainsburys, mixed in with some Vallejo Chocolate Brown & Brown Glaze.

    Roughly, 12ml (one GW pot) of Klear + 8 drops of both browns makes an excellent shading wash.

    And costs nothing compared to Army Painter, while protecting your models with all the power of floor wax.