Rome wasn’t built in a day and this lot of Early Imperial Romans aren’t going to be painted that quickly either!
I’ve just completed my first batch and I’ve learnt a few things along the way. I’ve never batch painted before and now that I have I have to say that I found it rather therapeutic – moving from one figure to the next doing exactly the same thing.
This first batch was a bit of trial run through really; I wanted to see what colours would work for the flesh and things like leggings, so I didn’t quite do exactly the same on each one. But I think the best way to batch paint is to make everything the same, that way you achieve the aim, which is to get them painted as quickly as possible. next time I’ll make all the flesh and leggings the same colour, and then change on the next batch.
I kept the process simple. The flesh was just a basecoat followed by a wash, with everything else getting an extra highlight on top.
The only other thing worth mentioning is how I did the horses. All the miniatures had a zenithal prime – Black, Cold Grey, White – and for the horses I applied three coats of Citadel’s Contrast Darkoath Flesh. As you can see, it turns a nice brown colour with some nice shading. I’ll use the same colour for the next batch of cavalry, but I want to make the odd one or two a bit different and I’ll probably use Contrast paint for those too.
Having looked at the pictures I think I need to do the hooves in a different colour, maybe I should have actually looked at a horse before I started painting them!
Taking the pictures was a bit more of a challenge, due to the small size (10mm) of the figures, and blown up too large they look pretty terrible, but I found a compromise in the end – small figures need small pictures!
I’ve left the bases for now. I haven’t exactly decided how to base them or how many to a base. I thought I’d wait until they’re all finished and work it out from there to fit the rules.
Well, that’s about it really. I knocked them out quite quickly and have the next batch ready for priming, so I should get around to them pretty soon. I’m trying to limit my work in progress box to something I can manage in a month, but hey, this is me, I’m slow and there’s always something else that needs doing first!