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Offline chema1986

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Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:51:47 AM »
Hi mates,

Sometimes I just dont want to paint tons of miniatures at a high standard, or spend too many hours on a single unit, when you have a lot of simultaneous projects.

I have used Army Painter's Quickshade before, using a similar technique to the one used by Master David Imrie aka Saxon Dog, in his old blog, with very good results, it saves time, but not that much.

This time I have tried a simpler method. Just airbrush the dominant colour, and paint  some miniatures in various brown tones, then block in the different colours, basecoat stuff... boring but you have to do a clean paintjob.  After that is done, the Quickshade's turn arrives. I used the "splash on" method... with a cheap brush, mid to large size, cover the entire miniature with the Quickshade, and then re touch it with a damp brush with White Spirit or turpentine, in order to remove the excess Quickshade, this is a matter of practice, you will know over time how much you have to remove or touch...

After 24-48h  you can paint over it a few highlights, just 10 minutes per miniature, nothing too fancy, and then spray matt varnish.  In my case, I had troubles (hot weather) with the varnish and it became whiteish, almost ruining some miniatures (Thank God they were cheap plastic Warlord´s ECW storming party figures)

In the next pics you can see the some samples before and after the Quickshade.




after Quickshade, and a couple of paint touches here and there (and matt varnish)




In my humble opinion, you can achieve decent resolts if combined with a good basing and nice flags. In this case, you can se a musketeer wing, using cheap plastic miniatures. I would not use this technique on more expensive or better sculpted miniatures, but I have at least 2 complete Pike & Shot units that I will paint quickly this way. I think it works better with earthy tones, so Thirty Years War miniatures are perfect for it.





If you go a little bit further, and expend some extra time in the command group and flag, the results are far better:





In no time, an Austrian "tercio" for TYW finished and ready for combat.

Cheers

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https://spanishleadpainting.blogspot.com/

Offline Belisarius

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2018, 10:19:19 AM »
Very useful technique for speed painting. The Officer in green looks particularly good . 

Offline Andrei1975

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2018, 10:21:36 AM »
They look great! Bravo!

Offline chema1986

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2018, 10:25:21 AM »
thank you mates!
 Belisarius, the officer in green was not painted in the quickshade method, hehehe I cheated with him, in order to focus the  interest of the eye on him and the flag.

Offline Captain Blood

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2018, 11:20:53 AM »
Not a bad end result at all  8)

Offline SteveBurt

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2018, 03:08:56 PM »
I've been using inks like this for years. I use Sepia for warm tones and Payne's Grey for cool ones.
Works really well; shading without the effort!

Offline Codsticker

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2018, 04:25:15 PM »
Looks good to me; similar to, but faster than my own method. :)

Offline jazbo

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2018, 06:58:19 PM »
It's exactly the technique I've used for years. And brushing on the dark tone saves a ton of stupid shaking and gives a precise finish.
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Online DintheDin

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2018, 07:05:37 PM »
Effective speed painting, especially when you need a good number of figures ready for combat. Nice!
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Offline MM

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2018, 08:26:56 PM »
Nice!

I'm also experimenting with quickshade and Dutch Revolt/TYW figures. I like the results but like you I should probably spend some minutes to do a few post-shading highlights on each figure.

Which type of quickshade did you use, strong tone or dark tone?

Offline chema1986

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2018, 09:05:19 PM »
Thanks all, I used strong tone, the mid one. Its a technique i would only use If I want fast raised regiments, I prefer slowly painted units with citadel washes and +4 highlights, I prefer quality over numbers, but, as I said, sometimes I like to experiment :)

Offline MM

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2018, 10:20:34 PM »
I too like paying close attention to my miniatures (though a less elaborate layering of highlights)...but it just takes too long especially with a baby and other commitments!

So i'm very happy with the quicker option at the moment. I'm going to try your method of using turpentine on the brush while removing the excess...does it result in less dip on higher areas?

Offline beefcake

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Re: Quickshade and Pike & Shot regiments
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2018, 10:37:50 AM »
Very nice. I'm also a fan of quickshade for quick painting of a large amount of troops, especially if they are a monotonous colour to be doing.