Well it was reading Top's reply that he had mostly bare metal which made me think this may help others out there who want a painted army but have little time or patience to do so. This isn't directed at anyone in particular and I hope this isn't offensive as it's not meant to be, but more some quick techniques which people may feel they would benefit from for their gaming experience. Also with army painting i have found you need one of two things either so much concentration that you could literally sit there and watch paint dry (i've done it and it does wear you down)
or the other which most normal people do is to have a quick and simple paint scheme for their minis.
A couple things i'd like to turn your attention to for quick turn over in minis:
1.) Washes - gamesworkshop's new release of washes are great to add that extra "lazy man's (or woman
)" shading to base coats. All you do it paint the base colour and then apply the wash and et voila instant shaded paintjob. You can take that a step further and clean up the paint job and then highlight too or you can always drybrush highlights onto the base colour and apply the wash itself. http://oz.games-workshop.com/hobby/painting/painting_basics/techniques/3_washes.htm
2.) Dipping - An interesting technique done by using wood varnish, very similar to the washes except requires a quick hand to stop pooling and alot less control but gives the whole model a brown shade in the crevices etc.http://www.dysartes.com/model/painting/Dipping1.phphttp://www.thearmypainter.com/product_presentation.php?page=1&ProductgroupId=1
3.) Airbrush - I admit a decent one will set you back a fair bit of money etc but even a cheap one an achieve the results most seek once you're used to it, also some people have even used it to highlight their models by applying highlights gently over the upper areas. Here is the example i was talking about, doesn't necessarily need an airbrush i just think its quicker but you can get away with spray cans too actually, just be careful with spray control. http://www.helldorado.fr/figurines/helle-moller-step-by-step-painting-guide-by-thomas.php
Some helpful links:http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/627http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/58http://www.figurines-tv.com/videos%20completes/degrade-acry-frais-zeni-bonamant-ent.wmv
(a streamed video, altho in French its a good example of how to quickly
I hope these all help everyone here whether they are of a good quality painter to a beginner or just plain lazy
. But i assure you, you will be so proud of your first unit and army when you have painted them all. When i completed my goblin army of about 120 models it took me 4-5 months but im so happy with that army i just sit there and stare at it. Anyway alot of these quick techniques don't require alot of skill or materials just a bit of practice and you'll be churning out the models quickly and efficiently.