Episode 62: Get Your Army Painted
In this episode, we talk about how to quickly get your army up to the minimum 3-color standard that most events have set. The purpose is not to shame you into painting, or push an unrealistic standard; the purpose is to show you how to do this quickly and efficiently. We discuss the techniques that we use to get armies ready for events. If you struggle to get your models painted, or even if you hate painting, then this episode is for you.
Why paint your army?
- 3 color minimum and based
- Chapter/Sept/Legion/Hive Fleet markings
Excuses not to paint
Not enough time: did you pick a hard scheme? What is your standard for painting?
New to the game
Changes happen too quickly; can’t take what you want
Don’t like painting
Set a goal
It’s easy to be motivated when you have an event or date you would like to meet.
Set up an area up to paint
Make it accessible, but safe for kids/pets.
Paint in stages
Come up with your list of models you need painted, 2000 point army but with extras you might use.
Build cleanly (mold lines, barrels, etc.) and prime them before they hit the table.
Get some practice in with your army, but keep a unit/model on the paint table (proxy if you need to).
Swap out painted for unpainted, repeat till you are done.
Use temporary bases if you want to get game time in.
Which color should you use? Try colored primers to save time, do not pick a dark primer you need to paint over.
Painting a lighter color over a dark base will take a lot more time. Maybe easier to paint light first or prime in a light color.
Washes will add depth/can be used for flesh shading.
Drybrushing is much quicker than highlighting if it suits the model.
Paint in 5-10 model batches.
Three colors are easy to do, don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough!
Tournament/event armies are meant to be played; make them look good, but you don’t’ need them to be perfect or even the GW standard.
You don’t need to stop there! You can always go back and add highlights or layers or decals or freehand to improve your models.