The hobby of Table Top War games holds a wide variety of people who participate in it from the list-builder, to the fluff lovers. I myself am a Brush Jockey. What is this you ask? Well, I define my role in the hobby of Table Top War games as one who is in it for the gratification of watching little bon-homes go from hunks of metal or plastic to live action heroes on the board.
This entry is going to be the first in a series that I will share with you on my process for producing a fully painted army. This approach can be used for any type of table top war game; there are no favorites here because if I could, I would play them all.
A project like producing a fully painted army can be a very daunting task, especially if you are playing one of the larger games. This article assumes that you are collecting your force on a unit by unit basis, and hopefully will provide some tips and best practice around the hobby end of things. I have used this approach on a fully collected army for commissions, but that sort of undertaking is not for the novice or faint of heart.
There are many steps and considerations to look at when working on this sort of project. I like to break my projects up into the following categories;
This is probably the most important step because it establishes the framework for the rest of your project. If you are just snipping the piece off the sprue and gluing together without cleaning the piece first, it could result in a poor looking paintjob at the end. If you are anything like me, you stress on the small imperfections that result from this. Here is a great article ssembled (pun intended) on preparing and assembling your miniature.
It is my opinion that the base of a model really sets them apart from ones that do not have one. There are different approaches I take during this process surrounding bases. If I am assembling a unit of more than 3 models, I will add sand or cork to the base of my models before I prime them. This allows me to paint the base with the model and apply flocking after the model is done with paint.
The second approach is one I will often use with special characters or with models I really want to have a stunning look to. With this approach I will assemble the base, and the miniature separate from each other and paint each with the same attention to detail.
Here is a link to a series of YouTube videos that show many different approaches to bases - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4sEryds4XKU4wXX1rMj1J5PVQcfqBaid
In my next installment, I will talk about priming and painting large quantities of miniatures .