Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Fast Wash Painting 15mm Tutorial

I don't do a lot of tutorials because they are basically a pain to photograph. Sorry about that. To make some small amends, here is a tutorial I bashed out via Instagram as a series of posts that I have collated here for you today. 
The photos suck, but one of the reasons I like Instagram is that I can take bad photos and not feel like I should tidy them up in photoshop, resize them , upload them to picasa, then write a post.

The figures are 15mm scale mutants from Khurasan's wonderful Post Apocalypse range.

The finished product

One last guy.


I didn't take a pic of step 4, which was basically a couple more highlights with lightened base colors, then doing the bases with drybrushing and scenic tufts... You know the drill.

Thanks for looking!

19 comments:

  1. I know the numbering is screwed up.. See why I don't like doing tutorials? It's frickin' distracting!

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  2. These are cool and I'm glad you're posting again.

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    1. Cheers! Luckily I have a huge backlog of stuff, so will be posting pretty heavy for a while :)

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  3. Looking good! Thank you for posting these up.
    What did you use for the washes?

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    1. Haha.. I really should have mentioned that in the post. My favorite ones are Army painbter Strong tone as general purpose, Army Painter Dark tone for metal and grey, Citadel Reikland Fleshshade for flesh. I also Use Vallejo pale wash for white, but not on these models. Lastly, I did use a tiny bit of thinned red Vallejo Model color ink to lightly glaze the pig mutant.

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  4. That's really nice, I'll have to try this. Do you use washes, inks, or any particular manufacturer etc.?

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    1. Cheers BArks, see above for washes. (slaps own forehead)

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  5. Jeez I'm having a hard time kleeping up with your posts! But thanks for showing us into your painting process (or at least one tactic).

    As for that technique, honestly, to this day I have a hard time getting the wash consistency right when shading. Even with practice, and various products, I still get tide marks and other nonsense like that. I even envy how nicely "dipped" minis turn out, at least on a bad painting day...

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    1. I didn't use washes until they invented Devlan Mud. Army Painter washes are the best on the block right now IMO. Citadel are good too, but I prefer dropper bottles, lower prices, and they didn't make a Devlan Mud replacement when they rebooted their paint again...For some ungodly reason.
      I use the washes mentioned in the above comments straight from the dropper, if that helps?

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    2. Sigh... I just use paint diluted with flow enhancer. I know that's the problem, but for some reason I keep beating my head against that particular wall :/

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    3. Yeah, don't bother with diluted acrylic paint, the water breaks it up too much and it never works right. You could try drawing inks with flow enhancer or something, like the old guys used to do.. Or turps thinned enamel (I HATE IT!) But why bother when you can buy modern washes that work so well?

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  6. Very nice thanks for the little tutorial.

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    1. You are very welcome, hope it's useful!

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  7. Excellent as always 'Jacker- I agree with Allison- I often have difficulty getting an even covering with washes, but I do find myself using them more and more. Your easy to follow tutorial is a welcome post. Good on yer!

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    1. Thank you GR! I try to wash the entire figure first, then when dry I sometimes hand paint some wash into crevices for extra shading. There's no law that says you can't go back and add more (even different colors) after the first wash :)

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  8. I find Vallejo's range of washes particularly useful.

    @ AM : Thinned acrilycs are meant to be used for glazing (modify hues don't let them pool) not washing (flood the mini to darken it and crearte shadow letting it pool).

    Those models would work great for SoHaB mutants n death ray guns...

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  9. Thank you for sharing this interesting and informative article, painting with airless spray gun will be faster and more interesting!

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