At the beginning of the year I established goals for the blog this year, and have now completed one: All of my unpainted figures are now painted; but I am not as happy about that as I expected to be.
For various reasons, I don’t paint figures very often, and I have to rush it when I do. As an attempted shortcut, I’ve used The Army Painter’s Quickshade on quite a few figures. When that works, it works very well, producing wonderfully shaded figures, much better than I could do by hand or with a wash/varnish approach. However, it doesn’t always work, at least not for me; some figures come out looking superb, some come out looking awful, and I find it impossible to predict which will work and which won’t.
This year, the dip stage went badly wrong, which led me to take a long, hard look at the results. Out of nearly 50 figures I’ve dipped over the last few years, I’m satisfied with the outcome on about 10-15% – since I finish figures at the rate of about 5-10 per annum, it wasn’t obvious as I went along.
I don’t think it’s the product; I’ve tried various floor varnishes, waxes, and quickshades, and I’m not happy with any of them. Also, I know there are a lot of people who get superb results with this technique. I’m just not one of them, and I don’t have the time, the patience or the large number of disposable figures to get good with it; it’s just too disheartening to spend 5-10 hours painting a figure over a two-week period and then see it turned into an awful mess right at the end.
Can anyone recommend a good way to strip figures? It’s that, buy them all again and start over, or just give up.
Meanwhile, colour me “grumpy”.