Hi chaps, thanks for the comps, always enjoy painting the Descent stuff as there are often unique creatures in there that offer me a little change from the usual commission work. There is also always a bunch of cracking artwork to use for reference
Gaarge, I don't use dry brushing. I use an airbrush to lay down base colours and subtle highlights (mainly because it is so quick!) then finish things off with a brush blending technique if there are any strong angles or detail points, after this it's strong lining to bring out the detail, I find this is nice and effective for gaming miniatures as from the distance they are usually viewed it really makes them 'pop' and stand out, there's nothing makes a game more stimulating than a nice set of painted minis I always think (although to be honest I think I am just addicted to painting anything plastic that comes in a box!)
Saying that while a lot of the large base miniatures for Descent are mostly airbrush work most of the smaller stuff is strictly brush work, FFG managed to but so much detail on these tiny figures (compared to the usual 28mm heroic scale I am used to) brush work is really the only way to go so I tend to stick to inks and a quick two colour brush blend just to add a little depth The real secret with my style of gaming miniatures is in the lining which is simply picking out the detail with an almost white mix of the base colour, this is also a very simple technique that anyone can learn in a relatively short time, all you need is a decent detail brush, good eyes and a steady hand. It's very therapeutic I find too!
Go grab an old mini and try the lining technique, I'll bet it looks 100% better after a little work with minimum effort
I have found from experience that one of the secrets to painting a large number of minis so fast is to break them down into base colours and groups. So, for instance all the reds on the flesh mongers and Goblin archers would have been painted at the same time. Try and keep numbers down to about 10 at a time 15 tops as too many minis on the go can quickly overwhelm you and make things more of a chore rather than fun. Where possible always use base colours too, rather than blends as obviously dipping straight into a pot is always much quicker than having to mix and match a blend of two or more colours!
Oh, it also helps if you have been doing this stuff for years and are able to enter a Jedi like trance, wake up a few hours later with no recollection of what just happened apart from a bunch of painted miniatures, several empty cups of tea, a stiff back and a strangely coloured tongue….but that's a story for another day…