My basic procedure goes something like this:
1. Paint each area in their base color separately, for example, paint the pants brown. Allow to dry
2. Darken the base color and add it as a wash, in this case either a very dark brown, or even black. Allow to dry
3. Drybrush on the base color followed by 1 or 2 (or more) successively lighter tints of the base color.
4. Move on to the next area and paint t, let's say paint the shirt blue, add wash, et cetera ...
In between you will likely have to touch up each area as you do it, but that's normal. Also some people will do all the colors at once and then wash and drybrush each area seperately
That is about as basic as it gets, there are of course many variations on this , everyone has there own style, this is basically mine. Some will use the dip method (paint each color on each mini all at once, then dip the figure in a wash) usually for armies as it is a quick way of doing a whole lot of figures in a short time. I wouldn't as I think it's a little crude looking, and I like to take my time with my figs. Paints or inks as a wash? I would suggest you try both and see which one you prefer. I use both for different effects. Inks tend to be more intense in color, paints are a little more subtle. Inks are also good for intensifying colors. Say you've painted a green cape, but it doesn't look as intensely green as you like. Go over it with either a green or yellow ink but not as a heavy wash, you want it to cover the area evenly. Doing this will really make that green cape pop.
Again, at it's simplest it's - base coat, wash, drybrush. Then there's blending, but that's a fairly advanced technique, I wouldn't worry about that yet.
Any other questions?
Edited by BatHead, 15 July 2013 - 05:56 AM.