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Mezmaron07 Sep 2017 8:41 p.m. PST

Based on the short Youtube video from Lukes Affordable Painting Service (APS), I was curious to see how quickly I could "paint up" Ultramarines from the Battle for Vedros Starter Set using only Sharpies.

I first primed the Space Marines with The Army Painter's Ultramarine Blue. I then proceeded to "paint" the miniatures via Sharpie pens, afterwards dipping the models. Unfortunately, the dipping media did dissolve some of the pen marks, so I had to reapply after dipping. The colors white and red were a pain. For red, I first had to color the spot white, then add the red afterwards. I also had to use flesh paint for the faces (Sharpie doesn't make a flesh-color pen).

More lessons learned and photos on my blog….
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kallman07 Sep 2017 9:46 p.m. PST

Well for sharpie pens as the medium they look pretty good and clean. Reading your blog post however it seems that time was not really saved. Kudos for the experimentation and you did achieve a good effect.

Neal Smith08 Sep 2017 5:26 a.m. PST

Interesting…

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 5:28 a.m. PST

I have done this for fine detailing but AFTER the washes are applied

I use artists pens with a very fine point

Centurio Prime08 Sep 2017 5:36 a.m. PST

I have tried it with the sharpies and fine tipped and it works well. I usually just use a brush and paint though.

Mezmaron08 Sep 2017 12:18 p.m. PST

Overall, not as much saved as I would have liked, or was expecting. The metallic pens will be my primary method going forward for metallic colors however.

The key time savings is how easy setup is. Have 2 minutes of spare time? All you need is the pen and the model. No clean-up, etc.

ordinarybass09 Sep 2017 6:58 p.m. PST

Your results look pretty darn good! I would never have guessed it was almost all markers. I love seeing folks find new ways to quickly and cheaply paint their minis.

I've not done markers for an entire model, but I've been using paint pens for the silver metalic trim, amor and weapons for my Runewars Daqan army. I definitely agree about the lack of cleanup. I've found all kinds of places to
"paint" minis with a pen that I never would have before. Waiting to pick up the kids, at the park, etc…

I take a clippers and snip the pen point into a wedge shape and it works quite well. For the basic soldiers I use a similar method of
-Base Spray with hardware store paint (Rustoleum satin in this case)
-Silver marker
-A couple of other basic colors
-Decal
-Dip
-Matte Varnish
Done!

Perhaps it would be worth trying craft store paint pens which are cheaper than sharpies and come in a wider variety of colors? My dip of minwax polyshades didn't seem to affect the silver paint pen. Alternatively a spray of varnish over the markers before the dip might help preserve things.

For super fast and cheap basing, I used superglue on the bases and dipped them in Sand Mix Cement which is $8 USD for 40 pound bag and has sand, cement (looks like soil when painted) and some gravel in one easy mix.

If you're interested in seeing my experience here's the in-progress
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and here's the final product
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The H Man09 Sep 2017 11:57 p.m. PST

Nice experiment.

I remember when fat bloke used black pen to shade minis in white dwarf. I was impressed, never tried it though.

Highlighting may be easier with pen, getting the right colour may be hard though.

What about those fancy anime pens?

kallman10 Sep 2017 5:44 p.m. PST

H Man, I was thinking the same thing about the anime pens. They work great on the Gundam models so why not with 40K models.

Poniatowski Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 11:17 a.m. PST

This is a very cool effect! Not worried about saving time here… just getting better, straighter fine lines than I can get with a paint brush!!!!!

Mezmaron11 Sep 2017 6:24 p.m. PST

I think the problem I had with the Minwax Polyshade was that I used a brush to distribute blobs after dipping the model in the media. The brush movement over the metallic faded it and I had to reapply after dipping.

Had I just dipped it would have been okay….

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