Easy and Effective: Batch Painting

Easy and Effective: Batch Painting

Welcome back Nerglings! Today we are going to be taking a look at
batch painting and seeing the results of my efforts over the past few weeks. But before we start be sure to like, comment
and subscribe so you don’t miss an update. Batch painting, where have you been all my
life? I distinctly remember batch painting Gretchen a long time ago back in my mad Ork
collecting phase. However having just picked up the brush again in earnest over the past
couple of years I don’t recall a time when I
used the technique with any great effort. Now I’m no painting master as you probably
well know, in fact I’m quite realistic in how
good I consider my own skills, so take from this what you will. Right so what the flip is batch painting?
I hear you cry! Batch painting is when you prepare, paint and finish a squad or even
an army all in stages. The best way of describing it is you
get a group of models that are similar and you paint all their armour in one go, once
that’s dry you then go round the same group of models
with a brown and go over the leather pieces, once that’s dry you then move on to other
colours. The beauty of this method is that it produces results super quickly as you don’t
waste time mixing paints, opening and closing paint pots, washing your brushes out or otherwise
procrastinating! Depending on your concentration levels and
motivation you can pretty much paint any amount of models with this method. Personally I find
my limit is between 10 and 20 models at a time, of course it’s all down to personal
preference. If you find that you end up wanting to
finish the models as soon as you have started them and you get distracted by starting to
paint other colours you might want to keep to
low numbers to start with. Conversely if you find you are flying through your models then
add more to the paint pile and get them done! Although I haven’t used one (and it’s very
unlikely that I ever will), I know that airbrushing lends itself very well to large scale
painting projects. As with paint loading brushes it saves a lot of time to airbrush all one
colour before moving on to the next. So I can
certainly recommend this method for assisting in getting that plastic and metal painted. I guess you are probably wondering what kind
of results I have achieved with a bit of batch painting then. As you can see there are a
few models in front of the camera, all of which
I batch painted within the last month or so. I suspect I could have done them faster however
I have been working away from home intermittently, which has put a dent in the painting schedule. Anyway enough of the domestic woes, lets view
the models! As you can see they are kind of basically done, I haven’t finished any of
them with rust effects or edge highlights yet,
the bases are also yet to be finished. But for a first, and crucially fast, pass they
are pretty nice. I have still done some effects
work with the skin tones, applying a bit of red to the noses and cheeks of their faces
to give them a ruddy and weathered look. The
armour pieces are pretty simple, just a quick undercoat with silver and a highlight then
a coat of Quickshade varnish. The Quickshade
brings out a lot of the depth in the models as it has a built in light brown varnish, which
I absolutely love. Be sure to check out my video
on using Quickshade in the card above. I think the results kind of speak for themselves,
they aren’t the best and they won’t win awards, however I like the expression that
quantity is a quality all of its own. I’m certainly one of those people that appreciates
a large scale army arrayed ready for battle, if
the odd edge highlight isn’t done then you generally can’t pick that out when 100 or
more models are displayed in front of you. When I have time I actually plan on going
back over a lot of these and many more of my models with enamel paints and picking out
more details. I especially like Blanchesque patterns
such as black and white check marks, little faces, evil suns, coloured dags and just
about anything that makes you look twice. I will go over the edge highlights again and
of course add some rust effects in there too, no Nergling model is complete without rust
effects after all! So what are your thoughts on batch painting?
Do you batch paint your miniatures? Maybe you just use it for rank and file models and
keep your mad skills for the special characters.
Let me know your techniques too, I’d very much appreciate any pointers.
Well I hope you enjoyed the video. Be sure to like, comment and subscribe and thanks
very much for watching. Peace!

14 thoughts on “Easy and Effective: Batch Painting

  1. Great stuff Nergling love the oldhammer vids u kick out always a pleasure . β€œwhen I have more time” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘Ή

  2. Don't forget to like the video and let me know what you enjoyed most about it in the comments below! ο€”

  3. Great video, my friend! Batch painting cam be very effective, though sometimes, I struggle with it. I feel stuck on the same step and get bored easily. πŸ˜…
    Your models are looking great, though, so it's clearly working for you!
    Take care, bud!
    ~ Wolfbrother Methos

  4. I try to batch paint most armies if possible, it really speeds up the painting. I do the assembly line painting process, were i paint all of one color and then the next color ect. Once all the colors are laid on the miniatures it's time for the washes and highlights and then finish the bases. I find its easy to crank out large quantities of miniatures with great effect

  5. 10 or 20 models at a time, that's not batch painting mate πŸ˜‰ ha ha ha Great tips and the minis look really cool

  6. yes I am a lover of batch painting like you sead in the video it may not be a great paint job but whun there is 100 of them on the tabel who can tell lol πŸ™‚

  7. Nice video on batch painting. I find that I can't do more than 8 in a batch…. I guess I tend to get wargamer ADD.

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