It seems we hear this phrase a lot in the miniature painting world. I’ve even said it myself a time or two. Even more often when we come into a time of year where there are plenty of other distractions to take our attention and time away from modeling and painting. I decided to actually time myself tonight just to see how long it takes to get a combat squad of 5 Space Marines mostly covered in their base coat. I’m kind of cheating since a major color in the paint scheme is black which I’ve painted using black spray paint from orchard supply hardware. Using other colors from the army painter line or using an airbrush you can do a solid basecoat of a single color in about the same amount of time for whatever your color scheme may be. Some automotive parts stores will even mix up a can of spray paint to color-match, which is what people do for painting over scratches on their car.
Over the weekend the League of Painters attended a local Warhammer 40K team tournament. The event also had a painting competition hosted by the game store running the 40k event. In coordination with the launch of the new Space Marines codex, Olde World Gaming challenged its customers to paint a Space Marine. Any chapter, loyalist or traitor, on foot, mounted, in terminator armor or in power armor. Stephen and I both decided to paint librarians. In fact, this event has spawned a three-part challenge between us (more on that later).
Olde World Games in Elk Grove is hosting a space marine painting competition and as I don’t have a single painted space marine, but intend to start using dark angels as allies, I decided to paint the librarian from the Dark Vengence starter box. Firstly, because it’s a very nicely posed and detailed model, but also it gives me a chance to get outside of my comfort zone and try a few different techniques while painting.
I started with the face because it’s probably the most difficult part to reach on this model, so I wanted to make sure I got it right before doing any other part of the model. The face is generally the first thing a person will look at when they are looking at any model, so it’s important to get it right. After the face I did a base coat on the armor so that the armor could be distinguished from everything else, and also because the armor tends to be tucked in and hard to get to without getting paint on other parts of the model, so a good place to start.