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Baranovich08 Feb 2021 12:35 p.m. PST

So last night I did another speed painting experiment with Citadel Contrasts, which I do every so often to see the potential of certain colors, etc.

I've been spreading this technique around various forums because I really think it can transform a gamer's painting world, when they feel they lack the "skill" to have great models on the tabletop.

The concept of using a single Citadel Contrast color on a model and then using a single dry brush of layer paint has extraordinary powers on models covered in fur like this giant gorilla!

He got a spray primer coat of Vallejo tan. Then it was taking a giant brush and applying a generous coat of Contrast Aggaros Dunes over the entire thing. Then it was just one massive dry brush of Vallejo white over the entire thing. The tongue and roof of the mouth got a white base coat followed by a coat of Contrast Volupus Pink, then a final lighter dry brush of white.

And that's it, literally! A grey stone colored base painted with craft paint and some simple snow paste and bam, ready to go.

Guys this model took me 15 minutes to paint. 15 minutes. Add another 15 minutes to do the base and snow effects.

If gamers can do this with 30 minutes you can do whole armies, terrain, you can do anything.

This model has THREE colors. That's it.

I feel like I've really found a sweet spot in my painting where I now recognize which Contrast colors are best for which particular situation and application. The browns are phenomenal for creatures like wolves, gorillas, eagles, etc.

I've gotten down a technique where it's speed that doesn't sacrifice quality.

Which really blows up the entire concept of "advanced" or "expert" painting? What the heck is "expert" painting any way? So I have to spend six hours painting this gorilla with wet blends and tiny brushes for it to qualify as having a display quality paint job?

If I can achieve this with one wash and one dry brush, is that "cheating?" Is it a "noob" technique? Am I taking "shortcuts?"

The whole thing gets blown up when you can figure out ways to paint faster and paint smarter. That doesn't mean that advanced painting techniques don't have value, of course they do! But so does smart painting.

Zeelow08 Feb 2021 12:51 p.m. PST

thumbs up!

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2021 12:56 p.m. PST

He looks good. Fast painting means more models to play with, no argument from me there.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2021 1:20 p.m. PST

He looks good. You did well. But painting anything in three colors has been easy since we got acrylic paints. Do a Napoleonic infantryman--no overcoats!--that size, and then brag about how fast the Contrast colors are. Also I spill a bottle about once a month. Not a problem I have with any other paints.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2021 1:27 p.m. PST

The proof is in the pudding, and this gorilla's pudding -- OK, maybe that's not such a good metaphor.

The gorilla looks great. I think the critical point here, as in much of life, is discernment:

where I now recognize which Contrast colors are best for which particular situation and application

Von Trinkenessen08 Feb 2021 2:07 p.m. PST

Robert I don't spill a bottle of paint any more, only beer.
As I got a 3d printed gizmo for the opened bottle to sit in off ebay.
I'm now painting back in a style I used to do 30+ years ago – colour washes.
Most of what I am painting are scifi light troops and civilians and landsknechts in 25mm and 28mm. It is almost 40 years since I painted a Napoleonic figure (15mm).

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2021 2:23 p.m. PST

Nice -must try the Contrast paints

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2021 3:27 p.m. PST

Ordered! And thank you von Trinkenessen.

JMcCarroll08 Feb 2021 4:32 p.m. PST

I just bought the same model and not sure now if I will paint it black and grays.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2021 9:44 p.m. PST

Very nice! I will give them a try!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2021 8:08 a.m. PST

Looks great.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2021 9:46 a.m. PST

The Gorilla looks great! Goobertown Hobbies on YouTube has a video on how to make your own Contrast paints. Equal parts acrylic ink, matte medium and a few drops of flow aid. He is a chemist in his day job. I was going to buy some Contrast paints until I saw how much you got and the price. Now I just make my own.



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