Friday, October 16, 2009

To do or not to do that is the question

I'm not a huge fan of army painters or washes as I prefer my stuff completely painted,but I'm even less of fan of looking at a huge amount of unpainted miniatures on my shelves.
I have a very large ECW army(among others)sitting there and I would love to see it on a battlefield,but I have other projects that take precedence for the next year or two that I want painted to a high standard.
This situation has me thinking that Army painter might be the only real solution.I've seen some decent looking armies done with it and so I'm giving it some thought.
I did use a short cut with a black shade method on my Normans in 15mm and I'm more less pleased with time and results put in.Maybe I'll try the army painter with some of my 25mm stuff to get some things finished,allowing me to paint other armies to a high standard,but at the same time finishing other ones while I'm at it.
I'm still on the fence,but I'm close to getting off.


  1. Try it! It is a fun way to speed-speed-paint some miniatures. And the results are pretty decent. Just keep in mind that your colours will darken slightly and that you should apply the dip with a brush and you'll be fine. Check out Saxon Dog's little ECW project. He dipped as well.

  2. Indeed,I've been following Saxon Dogs blog and is partly why I'm giving it some serious thought.:-)
    I'd use the Foundry paints,do think I should use the B or C pots for each color?

  3. Well, I've only used the FAP Dip with Vallejo colours, but, using the Strong Tone dip, I'd probably use the B pots. I would be worried that the c tones would be to light. Besides, with many Foundry colours, the C tones are slightly too light and in some cases, like Canvas, a completely different colour.

  4. That's exactly what I was thinking.When I get a chance,I'll try a few figures out and post my results.Thanks Doc for your helpful hints.:-)

  5. Christopher, I feel your pain. After seeing what Saxon Dog has achieved for his ECW Scots, I'm very tempted to give Army Painter at least a try, too. Most probably I have to be forced not to really paint my beloved miniatures (especially the Perry ones) - but I'm sure your results could 'pull the trigger'.
    So, please keep us informed!


  6. Hello SG:-)

    I'm in the middle of painting up a Trojan unit,but when I'm done I'll try out the army painter on a few ECW musketeers.

  7. I'm not happy with my ECW stuff that I dipped. I wish that I had taken more time, however i'm playing games with it! This is what you need to tell yourself. A painted figure is worth ten castings! Next time I do the ECW stuff, I'll dip then highlight. Takes longer but still faster than my old style!
    Like all painting the dip takes practice and it's not for everyone! I think it is under valued by painters as some of the results are amazing, the shading can be very pleasing, if done right!

  8. I won't dip every army,just some of them.
    If you go back and highlight,then doesn't that somewhat defeat the purpose of dipping to save time?
    I think your ECW stuff looked nice btw.

  9. I should have read this post before I posted my own, my thoughts and finding exactly.

  10. Yes,I already started trying it out on the Trojans and the results are positive so far.:-)




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