I’ve changed the way I’m doing a lot of this batch painting and most of it is because I wanted to use the airbrush more .
I am quite adept with it, and use it a lot for vehicles, hardly touching a brush now for them, but when it comes to minis I’m still really only using it for basecoats. this strikes me as a bit daft as when I'm doing 10 marines at once whoa re largely a single colour it strikes me i could be more efficient than just slapping down 1 colour then reaching for a brush.. so here goes.
What you see above here is a batch of assault marines in blood angels livery about to be panted, and my test fig for the paint technique outlined below.
The paints used – the blood tried from reaper master series, two of the secret weapon washes and a white – using reaper cos its the one i have and good old iraqui sand, its my goto “bone” colour.
the models have already had a basecoat of bloodstain red, then a nadiral (opposite of zenithal) spray with bloodstain mixed with black to give some shadow from below.
I then highlight the areas that are catching the light with a mix of white and iraqui sand
this gets an overspray of a semi transluscent layer of carnage red allowing the underpainting to lighten the red.
Seal with Klear (or any other gloss coat) for an easier time with the..
First wash – these two mixed 50/50
The just the black in the key areas like grils, vents etc.. and voilla – you’re ready to paint details and other colours.
Here he is next to the test fig – who is a tad bluer, this is for two reasons, firstly his highlights were pure white, no bone, secondly he has a mattecoat on so I could gauge the true colour of a finished min without the shine of the klear and washes showing.. and mattecoats are always a bit blue, vallejos especially so. I'll use dullcoat for the rest (and give him a blast once done)
I don't know if anyone else would bother with the rigmarole of this , rather than just paint mephiston, wash with agrax, highlight by drybrushing, but it pleases me, and I stand by the results. this lot were done in about 2 hours so its fast too once you get the hang of swapping colours in the airbrush.
Anyway, feedback always welcome, I’ll get to work with the brush on these chaps when opportunity presents, and show results once I have them :)