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Subject: Quick and easy CW painting/wash. rss

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Scott Sexton
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I just picked up a copy of CW and am really enjoying it. I would like to try my hand at a VERY SIMPLE but nice looking paint job.

I've been considering something like this:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1503056/easy-fast-way-paint...

Has anyone seen examples of this done with CW figures?

Thoughts?

Advice?

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This would work just fine with CW figures, yeah. I don't know of any examples of it being done, however.

If you were willing to put in a little more effort and get two cans of spraypaint then you could do an even better job by doing zenithal priming before the wash. https://youtu.be/clXIEughxS0 is a decent example of what that means; he's using an airbrush while you would obviously want a spray can, but the idea is the same. The net result is a mini with a more natural flow of light on it, and it really isn't any harder than just doing one pass of spray primer.
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If he does zenithal priming, wouldn't the wash just be completely black on the underside/lower half of the figure? The wash would only show on the lighter area. He'd really need to base coat for the zenithal to be effective with a color wash.
 
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jtabler wrote:
If he does zenithal priming, wouldn't the wash just be completely black on the underside/lower half of the figure? The wash would only show on the lighter area. He'd really need to base coat for the zenithal to be effective with a color wash.
A wash on black paint still shows. And it isn't so much the lower part of the figure that ends up black, it's the recesses; the exposed outer surfaces are mostly grey in a zenithal primed figure.
 
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Interesting. Does it have to be an acrylic wash instead of an ink wash?
 
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Zenithal priming with a wash. Completely prime in black, then highlight spray with a color primer. Follow with a colored wash. For green, here's Army Painter Necrotic Flesh with their Green Tone Ink. Send me a PM and I can post more suggestions if you're interested!

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I've thought about doing something like this with mine, but now reading that I would have to do multiple layers means I probably will not. I love the look of a wash and even some full paint minis, but I hate painting.
 
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I feel like the multiple layers are unnecessary for a basic ink wash. Look at the minion mini's from Mechs and Minions. They look like an ink wash was applied and then possibly coated. I am at work so I can't double check but I bet they weren't even primed first. Could be wrong as it's been years since I painted...
 
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The minions in Mechs vs. Minions definitely come with nothing but a wash on naked grey plastic. No primer, no coating ... and they do look quite neat.
 
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I like the OP's idea of doing something like Blood Rage. I have a possibly dumb question: Since the CW figures are already made of colored plastic, do you have to necessarily prime them? Could you just ink wash them as they come?
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ChaoticGemini wrote:
I've thought about doing something like this with mine, but now reading that I would have to do multiple layers means I probably will not.


You typically layer with paint. Frex, basecoat, highlight, shade. With inks, it's sometimes "slop and glop" (all over the figure) or a "controlled wash" (apply the wash only to the recesses for shades).

Most hobby washes are water-based, so will bead on plastic. Reaper has an article on DIY washes that will work on their Bones plastic miniatures, so maybe these will work directly on plastic: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/48669-bones-the...

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skslotten wrote:
I like the OP's idea of doing something like Blood Rage. I have a possibly dumb question: Since the CW figures are already made of colored plastic, do you have to necessarily prime them? Could you just ink wash them as they come?


The main advantage to a primer is that it allows finishing paint to adhere much better than if it were used alone.
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Here is what I did. Zenithal priming with a painted on black base with a sprayed on white primer layer.

Didn't work so good for The Yellow Sign faction, my wash just didn't look right.

Thus I painted them in the end traditionally (except for the Byahkee, they used the yellow wash).

I then just added a bit of details as I saw fit.

Yellow Sign
http://i.imgur.com/hj3Kl4M.jpg

Black Goat
http://i.imgur.com/I2u6MZO.jpg

Great Cthulhu
http://i.imgur.com/qlj0HUG.jpg

Crawling Chaos
http://i.imgur.com/VaknjD9.jpg

WIP of Dark young
http://i.imgur.com/4OIkwJx.jpg

In game
http://i.imgur.com/tJi7D9S.jpg

Eldritch Horror w/ Buffhulu
http://i.imgur.com/KvuQ4rY.jpg

Mansions 1st edition
http://i.imgur.com/6U9y0cD.jpg

Arkham Horror
http://i.imgur.com/QhCvgGH.jpg

Mansions 2nd edition
http://i.imgur.com/faakeZY.jpg


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