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Offline Bowiefan

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Mantic's TWD Zombies/Survivors + Citadel Contrast Paints
« on: August 14, 2019, 08:46:02 PM »
Picked up a copy of Mantic's The Walking Dead: All Out War a little while ago, and the minis offered a fresh project with which to try out citadel contrast paints for the first time. I'd started to become frustrated being a slow painter, or at least always painting with the standard base/wash/highlight technique. It's a time sink I've struggled to justify, and thus needed to try and address. To give me more options, I also decided I should continue trying to learn the apparently speedy painting with washes technique. Between various washes and 13 different contrast paints, I got the core set walkers finished and it was a decent learning experience.
« Last Edit: August 17, 2019, 10:59:50 PM by Bowiefan »

Offline MagpieJono

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 10:05:29 PM »
They look bob on.

Offline Lau

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2019, 01:22:23 PM »
I've been sceptical on contrast, but these look great, I must say!

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2019, 06:14:26 PM »
Nice work.

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2019, 09:05:48 PM »

Very nice work but could you tell us more about the "contrast paints"... for those who don't know what that is...  ;)
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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2019, 01:56:41 AM »
Calimero,

They're some kind of new thin paint that somehow condenses into seams, cracks and cervices giving you a free highlight.   If you want quick table ready paint jobs it's easy.   You don't need to highlight as the color is lighter on broad top surfaces than the folds in clothing, between fingers, wrinkles, etc...

Use zenithal priming to make it look a lot better.

They aren't equal in any means skilled painting.  They're a lot like the Minwax trick, Army Painter Dip, Future floor polish trick, or Citadel's Agrax Earthshade/Nuln Oil.  They aren't oily urethane furniture polish like Minwax or Army Painter.

Make sure your prime coat is smooth.   Don't hold your rattle can too far away and get that powdery effect.

YOU MUST VARNISH OR CLEAR COAT Spray coat afterwards.  They don't have the tensile strength or sticking power of normal paint.  It's easy to scrape off or chip, so put a clear protective layer over the top.

I've only experimented with a few colors, but numerous YouTube videos will show you which colors are better than others.   I don't like the flesh contrast paints; they collect too easily in larger flesh folds.

Contrast paints are great if you don't enjoy painting all that much and want to get an army or horde on the table quickly.  No blacklining, no shading, no highlighting, just spread it on.

I will be buying more contrast paints to paint more zombies like we've been shown above.  Genius paint choice for zombies.

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2019, 12:45:58 PM »

Thanks for the info, Baconfat  8)

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2019, 07:29:18 PM »
Nice work, I think Contrast will be great for horde batch painting, that's what I'm planning to use it for anyway :)
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Offline Bowiefan

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies/Survivors + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2019, 11:03:52 PM »
Thanks folks (and for baconfat for covering the contrast question). My experiment continued with the Survivor miniatures. Getting those finished means I've painted the core set (18 minis} in just over a week. Speedy by my own standards.
« Last Edit: August 17, 2019, 11:05:49 PM by Bowiefan »

Offline Skullhamma

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies/Survivors + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2019, 11:57:26 AM »
Those colours seem too work well. Very convincing results!

Offline Baconfat

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies/Survivors + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2019, 01:30:03 AM »
Bowiefan,

They all look amazing.

What contrast colors are you using for:

1. Walkers?
2. African American guy?
3. Caucasians?

Offline Bowiefan

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies/Survivors + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2019, 04:00:43 PM »
Bowiefan,

They all look amazing.

What contrast colors are you using for:

1. Walkers?
2. African American guy?
3. Caucasians?

Thanks. I assume you mean the flesh in particular?  I'll answer under that assumption. Also note that I was experimenting,  so was a little inconsistent. This is what I used in general:

Single layer of Guilliman Flesh OR Ogryn Flesh (old wash) OR Army Painter Flesh Wash.
Walkers would get thinned washes which included Leviathan Purple and Army Painter Zombie/Plague/Toxic shader.
Survivors got simple highlights with white, then a repeat of the flesh choice.
Darker skin was done with Wyldwood.

Hope that helps.
« Last Edit: August 19, 2019, 04:02:32 PM by Bowiefan »

Offline Treebeard

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies/Survivors + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2019, 04:43:59 PM »
Bowiefan.

They do look very nice for  speed painting sessions.
From gaming table distance you would not probably be able to tell the difference between a carefull 3-4 hours painted mini and a 90 minutes contrast paint. :p
Clever choice for mass production

Offline Andrew_McGuire

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2019, 04:54:07 PM »
Genius paint choice for zombies.

About time too.  Why shouldn't zombies get to enjoy painting like everyone else?
« Last Edit: August 19, 2019, 04:55:39 PM by Andrew_McGuire »

Offline Bowiefan

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Re: Mantic's TWD Zombies/Survivors + Citadel Contrast Paints
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2019, 09:34:27 PM »
No contrast paints used here, but got some of the 3D scenery painted. Played a couple of games using the flat card terrain that comes with the core box, but knew some proper scenery would be an improvement.