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In order to get back into painting I decided to paint a few Bones, and to do it quickly so as to not get frustrated and lose interest trying to make everything perfect. I still ended up spending more time on these guys than I had hoped, but it was mostly because I was trying new things, so I guess that's ok. I'm not sure I got all the names and numbers correct in the title, I had a hard time finding some of them in the catalog so feel free to point out any corrections needed. First up: a dryad! To be clear, this is the Bones version. I don't think a tree can really be considered to be nude, but linked here just in case. I was trying out non-human skin tones, this one is shaded with dark blue and the highlights are a light teal. I always read that you should push highlights more, but I generally get impatient and the final, lightest highlight will ruin the careful layering underneath like it did here... Practice continued with this demon(?). The photo shows him to be much more saturated than he is IRL. Next, a tick that I tried to paint to be glowing inside. I didn't really a good photo of the glow, the gradient is much stronger in reality. The topside was meant to be like a dung beetle blue, but it came out looking a bit sci-fi. I painted these mummies as a quick break, they were probably the fastest of the bunch! They are purposefully differently colored, so they can be distinguished more easily during a game. This skeleton was also a quick job, I tried to make his equipment look dirty, old and rusty. I had tremendous fun making this guy look diseased and gross. I didn't realize there was another of these until I was looking up this part number, but I will see about making that one another color as this pale flesh seems like the easy way out to make it look sickly. Agatha seemed like she would provide a bit of variety. I tried to paint her in a comic-book style, with more sharply defined shadows and highlights. I shaded her coat more smoothly so it would contrast with the rest. Finally, this burrowing creeper that I image just came popping out of someone's lawn for a snack. I'm not sure how the anatomy of its head is supposed to work, but I gave him six eyes. Looking at it now, maybe I should put some clumps of grass on its back.
My first thoughts on painting the minis: If you start masspainting your Mars Attacks and want do it fast. I have for example 40 human soldiers to paint. I think it is possible with this method to have them all completed in 4-8 hours, eventuall even with highlights. Preparing the minis: 0. if possible train painting on a few metal minis, not necessary, but helpful. 1. wash the minis. Use Soapy water, I use normally a fat solvent spray. 2. use a primer, I would use white primer, but black or grey is ok, too Don't use to much, you should be still able to see the details. With a double-sided tape and a card board, you can prime many minis together. 3. I try to get all paints together I want to use on the minis before I start to paint, so I do not need to search after it. If you need later to remove paint and you can get 'Simple Green' it is normally perfect to remove paint from plastic minis (test it first on one mini!!!) Description for human soldiers, but it works also on every martian grunt, marines and other uniformed group. Masspainting: 1. Do ten minis in a row or more, but for me are more than ten minis at the same time not good. 2. put first the base coat of colors on the minis, but only one color on every mini after another. As example for the soldiers: 2.1 uniform mini 1, uniform mini 2, .... uniform mini 10 2.2 webbing mini 1, webbing mini 2, .... webbing mini 10 2.3 gloves, gloves, gloves 2.x and so on. 3. same with the camouflage always one paint of the camouflage on every mini's uniform, before you start with the next Camouflage paint 4. ignore or do the highlights, if you want Use of Army Painters Quickshade (QS) 1. get white spirit and an old brush before you start! 2. put army painter quickshade on 10 minis with a old brush on every mini. Don't dip! 3. start over in the same order as you put QS on the minis, and remove QS from places where is to much QS on the minis. 4. do step 2-3 until all have QS on them... 5. clean the brush immediately with white spirit!!! 6. QS must try 24 hours!!! Even if you can touch it, don't proceed with the mini! 7. eventually think about highlights and error corrections, before you put matte varnish on the mini. AND: 1. Eventually think about which colors you are using during these steps on the heroes of greenville. Prepare them, too. If you use black while doing masspainting and want the jacked of one mini black, do this or these minis, too!!! 2. if you want to remove errors before putting QS on them , do it after all minis of the same type are painted 3. Ignore small painting errors, you can remove visible ones later before you put QS on them. Small errors are sometimes not visible after quickshading and if they are still visible, you can remove them after the QS easily. Here you can get a tutorial for woodland MARPAT for the soldiers the base coat looks little bright, I think it is the camera, I don't think the color is really sooo yellow! I had already some thoughts about Martian Minis: (standard Grunts, including freeze ray and unit commander) 1. white primer 2. complete body: Vallejo 72.024 Turquoise 3. boots and gloves: green (unit commander: Vallejo 72.007 Gold Yellow) (not sure which vallejo color I will use, eventually I must mix greens or buy a new one) 4. Brain: Vallejo 72148 Heavy Warm Grey, eventually later Reaper MSP Brains Pink as highlight, a wash (sepia?) as last step. 5. face: vallejo 72,035 dead flesh is my favorite in the moment 6. Option 1: weapon and some body part: black, highlight with Vallejo 72.050 Cold Grey Option 1: Or I use Black, VMC gun metal grey and silver as highlights 7. Gas Bottle: Vallejo 72.012 Scarlet Red 8. few smaller details... I think the martians are very fast to paint. !!! Do eventually the head and face in step 4.-5. on every martian mini at once. I'm waiting for the MA minis in the moment, too! :-(