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All of the above. I like to mix up units with side projects in different genres, so you don't feel like you are spending your spare time on a second job painting red coats and chainmail. 

 

I also go for simple paint schemes for as many minis as possible, working up from a coloured primer and an ink wash. So Skeletons, armoured orcs or dwarves, space soldiers, what have you but something you can spray to start with. 

 

The other thing I like is to take a colour and apply it to the batch until it runs out. This is particularly effective when you have a group that aren't in uniform but need a unified scheme. Take reddy brown and do 8 gloves and 5 pouches. Then take grey brown, etc. Stop when it gets boring but over time you will turn back to a project and realise that if you do one or two more colours they are all base coated. 

 

I also limit highlights. This can make my minis look darker but you save a lot of time by leaving some areas shaded but not highlighted, then just making sure that the face and hands in particular are highlighted, along with any feature around the neck and shoulders. 

 

Final tip is to pick one or two things per mini that you like and make sure those are bright and highlighted as you want them. So the teeth necklace, belt buckle, mouse on the shoulder, whatever catches your eye, make sure you haven't just painted in brown. 

 

Finally if in doubt, paint it  grey on scifi and moderns, and brown on fantasy and medieval. 

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