The blogosphere is great for our hobby but it does rather raise the bar on quality. No doubt you lovely people like to come here to look at all my shiny toys and I thank you all for your kind praise. I can also tell you that working in an environment saturated with amazing paint jobs reinforces the feeling that only the best is good enough. I had a moment of realisation when I caught myself thinking that I couldn't possibly find time to paint a faction for Shadespire. Now, at its best that's only three miniatures (I'm looking at you here, Mr Steelheart). Which is pretty lame on my part. So I decided to just shut up and do it.
The solution was simple; to regard the time invested as a more important part of the equation. The faster I can paint the more I would see that as a 'win' on a par with quality.
So let me introduce Garrek's Reavers:
I've previously mentioned Mark Bedford's painting tips. I plundered these mercilessly when it came to Garrek and Chums. Start over a black undercoat, then zenith red spray followed by airbrushing the skin blue then white.
Garrek and Chums after the spray and airbrush stages.
Block in the details, a few highlights and washes on selected areas and then lots of BLOOD!
Most notably, beyond the spraying and airbrushing I didn't do any further highlights to the flesh or cloth. Creating a little stand so your minis can sit over a radiator is a good tip too just to shorten drying times. Everyone has their own rust technique and mine is: wash Skrag Brown thinned with lots of Lahmian Medium over a black basecoat, then drybrush with Ironbreaker and then sponge-on Stormhost Silver. Pretty quick but really effective.
Most importantly I found I really enjoyed painting Garrek and Chums. The sense of achievement at seeing these guys go from plastic to done in one weekend was really rewarding. I feel like I can 'crack on' with quite a few projects that have been sitting around.