Monday, January 20, 2014
Mini Monday: How do you paint miniatures fast? (While keeping a tabletop standard)
In 2013, I didn't make my personal goal of at painting at least 52 miniatures. This year, I looking into ways of painting miniatures FAST but while maintaining a tabletop standard.
What are some methods you use to getting the average 25mm or 28mm fantasy or historical miniatures done quickly?
After poking around in my own miniature collection, looking for miniatures I can fast, I've come up with my own list, but I'm always looking for more advice.
1. Paint in batches (or "the assembly line method").
For wargaming miniatures, this is pretty standard. You paint 10 or more figures of the same type at once. Paint all of the eyes and faces at once, then their helmets. And so on.
If learned that this method can also be used for fantasy figures as well. Once I had some red paint left over from painting an imp, so I looked for other miniatures that needed some red paint. While it this might not save time in the short term, it does in the long term because you don't need open up the red paint bottle again.
2. Pick 25mm over 28mm.
This is pretty self-evident, given that 25mm figures are a smaller and less detailed. Hence, they require less paint.
3. "The Army Painter" method
You paint a batch of miniatures with single coat of paints (often priming them first with their dominant color), then dip them in the Army Painter varnish to both shade and seal them. I've used this method on miniatures that I just want done, and not to worried about them being fancy. The Mordheim priest in the picture above was painted that way, as were the Hundred Years' War generic foot knights below.
Do you know of any other methods? Sharing them would be greatly appreciated.