AKA, I hate painting white.
Well, after struggling through 4 painting sessions, I finally have finished with the white layers on the Purifier helmets and shoulder pads. What a bloody pain.
I am not sure if VGC Bone White is just crap, or if my bottle specifically is crap, or if I am crap, but the amount of layers I put down to get a decent white coverage is obscene. The sad thing is, if I really wanted to, I could keep going, since there are still some imperfections. I just can't be bothered..
Check out the shoddy progress pic below:
- If you are painting helmets a different colour than the body, do not glue them in prior to painting
- If you are painting anything white, do not undercoat black, dummy
- Don't pick armies that have white in them AT ALL
That said, I am happy that they are starting to stand out from the regular Strike Squad GK, so at least my hard work wasn't for nothing.
To achieve this Golden Daemon quality white basecoat (sarcasm), I used the ratios outlined below.
Primary White Basecoat:
1 : 1 : 2 - Skull White : Glacier Blue : Magic Wash
This was a bitch to apply, and required at least 5 coats to get anywhere, sometimes much more. I guess I could have done a progressive mix of 1 : 1 Sombre Grey to Glacier Blue, followed by 1 : 2 Sombre Grey to Glacier Blue, followed by Glacier Blue, followed by the recipe above, but I was lazy and this was my punishment for said laziness.
The next step for the whites is to do a very light series of washes using blue & black to darken the recesses and add some shadows, followed by a touch up and then a highlight of straight Bone White. This however, will have to wait, as I plan on doing the beiges and browns next, which, aside from the Force Weapons, should be the last remaining basecoating I need to do. After that, we go to washes and then highlights! Now on to my totals and final thoughts:
This step took 4 hours, 25 minutes over 4 painting sessions. Sonofabitch.
As suspected, rediculous. I REALLY hope that I don't mess up when I wash these areas, as I would hate to have to repeat any of the above work.
Total Painting Time for Part 4: 4 hours, 25 minutes over 4 painting sessions.
Total Painting Time to date: 25 hours, 40 minutes over 20 painting sessions
Well, I've now surpassed 5 hours per miniature and I still have a ways to go. I really hope the total does not clock in above 10 hours per miniature...