|No problem getting gaming straight away but I have to fidget with things|
As far as things go I could have rebased and had a game with my new troops as is and the enjoyment would have been up to expectations irrespective. I could not let it be, the painter in me had to get in the way, and personal taste I suspect too. My newly acquired Saxon army had been painted with a blocking in of colour and then using either a black wash or dip to shade, serviceable, but I am not a great fan of this method. It works very well on plastics and cleanly cast metal figures but unfortunately picks up any defect in the miniature whether it be from casting or at the sculpting stage another reason why I chose to repaint or touch up the figures.
|Black wash and dip highlight any irregularities in the castings surface|
I was quite convinced that I was not going to strip the figures back, why pay extra for painted figures and then take them back to metal, it would just be defeating the purpose, a purpose I was getting more and more confused by my actions, but paint I would. Strict neatness (if that is possible) was not the order of the day, keeping it simple was. As is often the case I derailed a few times before I got this idea through my thick head, what I needed was a quick method that would achieve negating the black wash and it's effect of highlighting defects, and provide room to reclaim points of highlighting. There was no room or need to work subtle transitions with multiple layers of washes or glazes, besides I don't think my skills, and eyes, are up to distinguishing such nuances anymore. What was needed was bright, clear and distinctive. Well bright and clear as a rabble of dark age warriors would allow. I repeat speed was of the essence coupled with a reasonable standard....
|Compared to a mini of the same starting colour, shadow and mid tones|
For the most part I have taken the original painted colour and placed a layer of like (red on red etc) paint over in a slightly translucent mix, this allows the blacked areas to influence shading. taking the same colour I have then applied a layer of quite opaque paint to just the mid and higher regions of the figure, damp brushing is a quick way of achieving this, the translucent paint in the deeper black washed areas and the opaque paint on the higher projections of the figure give an effective shadow and midtone effect in just a couple of minutes from the what is essentially the same paint with out mixing or opening another lighter shade, I might add when it works it looks more natural. Now I either mix in a bit of paint to lighten what I already have on the pallet or open an appropriate highlight shade, more often than not I mix my highlight using the existing colour on the pallet but really this is up to the individual, without telling gran how to suck eggs pick out the highlights in your preferred method.
|Highlights crudely applied, I want this to be quick|
|Nothing fancy, keep it simple|
If there are numerous folds close together I'm happy to dry brush, if they are further apart or subtle folds then I will go in and paint them. I like to keep the paint translucent if I'm picking out the highlights it may require two or more coats but with a care you can reduce the area of application for each layer (much like you would for three step but with the same paint shade on a much smaller scale) and this gives a nice effect.
|Two coats of wash and everything has tied together|
|Shading from the original black wash clearly visible|
Note: with the example in green everthing was still in the experimental stage, the final wash was of the base colour, I felt the shadows worked fine as is and didn't need deepening. The example in red below was done as described with most of the mid and highlights painted on using the dry brushing method, a very quick repaint.
|My skirmish warriors ready for battle they just need ....|
|... a couple of mates before they are based, 4 to a base in Impetus.|
|Getting into the swing|
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