Here’s a few things we learned along the way:
- Subtle highlights are no highlights. There’s no point highlighting a dulled down grey with an almost-the-same-but-slightly-lighter grey. True, it creates a really natural, subtle effect. But in the world of miniatures, big, bright and bold is better – unless you’re an expert painter, putting in days (and even weeks) into each model, emphasis and exaggeration make for a decent paintjob, quickly!
- Leaving the basing to the end causes it’s own problems – particularly painting glue and drybrushing around the feet. In future we’re going to base our models first.
- Every paint stroke needs to be bold and look intentional. A thin, wobbly, wispy line may pick out a raised ridge, but it’ll always look either half-finished, or it was an accident. Make each line obvious and deliberate and the miniature will look all the better for it (even if it’s not quite in the right place!)
- Keep the number of different colours to a minimum, to keep a consistent colour scheme running through the miniature. Different shades are fine (in fact, necessary, to highlight details) but a limited palette gives a much more dramatic effect – especially if just one or two smaller details are picked out in a completely different colour
- Freehand painting patterns and shapes on large areas really improves the look of a model – provided you make a good job of it. Badly painted lines (like the stripes on our sheriff!) add nothing and actually detract from the rest of the paintwork!