I was recently asked how I can get a new batch of figures painted so fast.  My first answer is Army Painter, but I also need to talk a little bit about paint planning.  When speed painting it is important to look at what area(s) you are painting first, your color pallet and finishing it off for the table.  Now this tutorial is considered a quick and basic guide.  I will generally add some additional steps and colors to my pallet, but this is a speed paining guide. 

I always paint faces/skin first and the only important thing to remember is to cover all of the flesh with a good coat of paint.  The next next is find the largest area which is adjacent to the flesh area(s), in this case the upper body.  I painted the flesh with GW Elf Flesh and the Cloth area with Bleached Bone.  Pay attention not to cover any of the flesh, but other than that just put on a quick, heavy coat.

The next two steps keep with a limited color pallet.  The bow and pants are painted with Graveyard Earth and the boots, quiver and belt are painted with Scorched Brown.  The helmet was painted with Chainmail and the arrows were touched up with Skull White.   That’s it…SIX COLORS ONLY. 

Going for speed painting, a typical 10 man unit like this will take about 3 hours from start to finish.  In this case, finished means dipped with Army Painter and letting it dry overnight before spraying it with Dull Coat.  I didn’t base the figs because basing can become a time consuming step.  If you are in a real hurry, you can just flock or paint with a flat color…and your done.  Even with these last steps, it shouldn’t take more than an additional hour or two.  Remember speed painting is about the final result, not how it looks during the process.  The figures in this post are West Wind Miniatures-Arthurians.  The figure shown in the first and final frame have been dull-coated.   Happy Painting!

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2 thoughts on “Speed Painting with Army Painter

  1. Nice tutorial, Pat. As you know, I’ve only used Minwax Tudor Satin stain – nothing against AP, but that’s just the can I ended up getting awhile back. That said, my can has been getting pretty tacky/dried out lately. I was wondering if AP last longer? That is, does it also dry out after awhile or is the mixture longer-lasting? I’ve added some thinner to my can of Minwax, but not sure if it will affect the quality. Best, Dean

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