2 Oct 2018

113th post - The Army Painter Quickshade! (Tutorial and Review)

Mae Govannen friends!
And Welcome to my first October post (or should I say Orctober??).

This one will be a long awaited promise: I'll be testing the Army Painter's Quickshade making use of the proper dipping method, suggested by the danish company.
I'll be showing you a tutorial with all the steps I've followed, and then I'll review the final product.

So, before long...

What's the Quickshade?
It's a product from the Army Painter that assumes the role of quickening the painting sessions for those of us who want, more than anything, to play the game instead of spending great amounts of time painting miniatures, and still have great looking mini warriors on the tabletop.
It is a mix of a shade and a gloss varnish, so you'll end up with a completely shaded and varnished model, with pretty good results for such an easy method.

Their suggested process is fairly simple:

  1. Basecoat the miniature
  2. Dip it in the 250ml. can and shake the model about 6/7 times (wait 24 hours)
  3. Matt varnish the model
  4. Base it

And it's done!

The Steps!
First of all, the single most important step on any painting session: the primer!
As you can see, I've gone with a grey primer, also from the Army Painter (the brush on primer).
Basecoat for the goblin skin.
Basecoat for the hair, cloth and weapon.
This is the final step before dipping the model.

The moment of truth!
After dipping the miniature, you'll want to give about 6 shakes to remove the excess.
I went for a thicker layer since I wanted the orc to have a dark, cavern like, sort of skin.
After this step I just let the model sit on the corner of the table for about 24 hours.

This is how the model looks after those 24 hours: glossy, hardened and absolutely shaded.
After this, the idea is to remove the glossiness out of the miniature with a
matt varnish  (any one should do, despite the brand you're using). 
Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

The details left are astounding!
Take a look at the hair, the warts/tumors and the shading/highlights of his back.
I can assure you that this image wasn't object of any filters or  Photoshop changes other than light fixes.
Also, I really like how the Quickshade managed to shade the ideal areas and leave the edges of the model lighter.
The hands, legs and chest look really good.


This product is of formidable utility for those cases on which you really want to get the miniature done and don't feel like painting (when you don't like the sculpt or the model, and just want to get it done).
From my point of view, the Quickshade is aimed for those guys who don't really care for painting models or don't manage to extract the proper joy of it (which is absolutely legitimate). For those guys, this is the way to go! It is perfect, and the final results are most enjoyable.
You'll be able to get a large army done in less than nothing, and be ready to go to war (i.e., to play ... I'm a pacifist in the real world, huh...).

For the dipping method, I believe it is quite appropriate to use it on the models (instead of the brush on), and able to give a fair amount of control of the final result. The "brush on" method is also a pretty good way, but just be sure you use an old and already destroyed brush in order to avoid more casualties. This product is really (really!) strong, and there will be no way to restore a good brush after you dive it in it (even getting the liquid out of your fingers proved to be an hard task).
I actually plan on using the "brush on" technique in a few weeks, when I paint the scenic parts of the Goblintown starter set, and then you'll be able to also testify the great uses of the Quickshade (on wood planks, bones and skulls, etc.).

As you suspect, I did really enjoy the Quickshade. In fact, I plan on using it for the rest of my next "to paint" Goblintown orcs. Then, I'll surely post a picture of the whole warband, half dipped/half brushed. Also, since I have two starter sets, maybe i'll paint one Goblin King with the Quickshade (but that's still up to pondering).

Rate: 9

I'm giving the Quickshade a 9 because it is aimed for a specific group of hobbyists, and not the whole community.
It is an amazing product that I would recommend to anyone who's able to get it and try. You won't be disappointed!

Comparison: Quickshade/Normal
Comparison: Quickshade/Normal
Showcase of the Goblintown orc!

And that's all for now friends!
Stay tuned to my blog since there will be a tutorial on 
Théodred and his horse really soon!

I hope you've enjoyed this one!
Happy hobbying and wargaming to you all!


30 Sep 2018

112th post - Weekly update: Théodred mounted and the Army Painter Quickshade!

Mae Govannen!

This post will be another small update from what I've been doing lately.

First of all, the last BGiME miniature (#65: Théodred and horse) is finished.
For this one, I will make two tutorials, one for the character, and another for the horse.

Secondly, I've experimented using the Army Painter's Quickshade, with the dipping method, for the first time. That will have a tutorial (and review) as well along this next week.

As you'll all understand, editing photos for the tutorials is a time consuming work, so I often see myself pondering whether I paint or edit.
With that said, I believe I'll be able to post all three tutorials this week.

I'll be posting again really soon!
Meanwhile happy hobbying and wargaming!


23 Sep 2018

111th post - Weekly update: Hobbit week, Goblintown and Théodred!

Mae Govannen!

First of all, we're in the end of the so called "hobbit week", which is symbolically marked by the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins (September 22nd), and I couldn't let the occasion pass without mentioning it on the blog. (P.s.: I've just realised that the "hobbit week" post is the same number of years that Bilbo Baggins is celebrating in the beginning of the book, i.e., 111)
As usual, I've started reading the Lord of the Rings by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien this week (I've done so every year since 2011/12, excluding 2017).

Now, Hobby related, this week wasn't the most productive, yet I've painted five more Goblintown orcs.
They're 18 per sprue, being 3 left from this first sprue and... well, 18 more from the next one.

Meanwhile, Théodred's mini needs to be finished (the last miniature from the 65 Battle Games in Middle-Earth issues collection), and that will be the main aim of next week's.

The already finished and varnished orcs.
The finished and unvarnished orcs (and Éomer in the back).
The last three already primed orcs from the first sprue and the next sprue of eighteen Goblintown'ers.
Also, the mess of the painting table...

Théodred and his horse, already primed black.
This model will be my main focus for the next week.

And here it is, a small update and a mention to the symbolic birthday 
of two of the most beloved Tolkien's characters.

Happy hobbying and wargaming!