My group wanted to have a figure painting session between adventures. I order to not embarrass myself, I started painting a week before our get-together - but it had been 15 years since last time....
I decided that I'd paint the figures in my Castle Ravenloft game. Lots of folks had done it, so there were great examples and guides, such as: blog.gamesparadise.com.au/ravenloft-pain... (which I used heavily, especially for the burning skeletons and zombie dragon.)
My problem is, I'm LAZY - and good paint jobs take hours each. Multiple colors, washes, highligting, etc. But I'd read about Dipping - quick paint followed by dark furniture varnish. I must say, this was AWESOME for me. Several of the figures in the set would have some quick detail added (such as the skeleton's shields and swords) and then be simply varnished. The Dracolich - quite intimidating - simply got dipped and I used "mud" to cover the mess on the base.
To show off my work, I decided to shoot them in situ on the Ravenloft board, but adding 3D paper terrain with 3D paper props (again, lazy.)
@Wizzywiz Thanks! It goes pretty fast using the Dip method. The spiders were prime (desert brown), dab with white on the tips of the legs, dip, dry, mud the base, and then spray with matte finish spray. Total time each about 5 minutes.
@merb101 Steal away - since I stole from others first! :-)
@Bathead I just dump them back in the box tray. The dip finish is furnture sealer, totally scuffproof and strengthens the figure. Then on top of that I use Matt spray. Ain't no paint comin' off those figures, no how!
Just curious. What do you mean by "mud"? Are you using drywall mud? Or is there some special modeling material that is called mud that I don't know about? Also, what brand and type of varnish do you use? I'd been wanting to try the dip method, but the actual dips they sell are really expensive.
If only I had the patience and fine motor skills necessary to paint... I'll be honest that even the "it only takes 5 minutes" seems like too long. I'm thinking that I should let my girlfriend know about this though because she's quite the crafty person and if she could do this for the minis it would make our gaming experience really awesome!