I've got 120 Gripping Beast Arab Infantry that I need to have painted and based for a participation game at the end of the month, I need a few more crusaders painting as well and the terrain needs finishing off . This all needs to be done in the hour at the start of the day, before I settle down to Sally 4th design and production jobs. A quick and efficient system was needed.
To start off with I glued the miniatures onto Sally 4th Magnetic bases an spray primed them with Army Painter Skeleton Bone. I find 12 figures to be a good batch size for quick and easy figures like this.
I always like to paint the flesh first. I wanted my Arabs to have, well, an arab complexion so mixed some Vallejo Leather Brown in with some of their Medium Fleshtone.
Next I painted weapons, Vallejo Leather Brown for Slings and Foundry Buff Leather for Javelins and Bows. I used this for all figures in my army to act as a unifying theme.
I also used these two brown colours to paint some of the leather items on the miniatures such as shoes, belts, scabards, quivers etc. I picked out different items on different figures to give some variety.
Individual figures are going to be used in a number of different movement trays depending on what rule system is being used.
The other two colors I used for leather goods and Turbans was black and Army Painter Fur brown.
Each batch of 12 figures has had one bright colour used to paint some of the turbans, trousers and robes. For this batch I used Citadel Purple Ink. When the figures from the 10 batches are mixed together in units this will give a lot of variety without having to use a lot of colors for a single batch. For other batches I have used blue, green, pink, yellow, white etc.
Metal parts (dagger handles, javelin tips and helmets were picked out using Army Painter Gunmetal.
Shields have been sprayed with Army Painter Leather Brown on the back and White on the front.
The shield fronts need to be white for providing the white base for transfers. Using the end of a file a scrapped some paint off the back of the shields and filed the paint of the figures hand to enable a good plastic to plastic weld to develop when I glued the shields on to the figures using plastic cement.
When the shields had dried, the figures were dipped in Army Painter Quicktone (Strong).
This is a magic product that transforms a very simple flat paint job by providing shading. It also varnishes the miniatures and helps to bind the plastic pieces together into a whole.
Quicktone needs to be left for 24 hours to dry completely. It can then be oversprayed with Army Painter Anti-Shine Matt Spray Varnish to remove the shine and the waterslide transfers from Little Big Man Studios can be applied.
Another batch completed. When all 10 are completed and mixed up within units we will have the core of a good looking army.