Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Iron Hands - Batch painting complete!

Whew! Twenty five guys done, and based on the notes I took while churning through 'em, the overall time spent was just a little shy of ten hours. Not too bad!

First up is the tac squad I'd shown previously, with the multi-melta being replaced by a missile launcher and a bit more dust and mud on the legs.

The second tac squad carries a plasma cannon and plasma gun, I figure with all the Gets Hot rolls, it just means they're more likely to get some extra bionics!

Next is a devastator squad with a couple extra heavy weapons to swap in and out as needed. Always handy!

A few extra characters were mixed in the assembly line as well, including a pair of techmarines and a librarian.

For what I thought would be a relatively simple paint scheme, there are 21 colors that go into it. How did that happen?

I'll be the first to admit this is not my best work, I was more focused on speed than technique - I will definitely be taking more time working through the heresy-era Iron Hands. That said, I figure even if the painting time doubles, I will still be able to finish up the upcoming army before January!


Colonel Scipio said...

Impressive stuff, both quality and quantity. I find it really hard to consciously sacrifice quality for speed so my batch painting takes ages, this is great to see.

Andy - bG said...

Mightily impressive, 25 minutes per marine is fast.
I'm like Scipio, sacrificing quality (what little I can achieve at least) for speed just doesn't come easily. 5 marines at a time and I still take a month or more to reach a similar standard.
I vet the force already looks great as a whole, can't wait to see the Heresy era stuff

Sir Tainly said...

Just a suggestion, but I would apply a thinned ink wash to the blue areas since it's a bright colour and with a stark transition to the dark of the armour it's showing up all the little imperfections caused by the speed painting.

All said 25 mins a figure is pretty damned good!

Musings of a Smurf said...

Wow, you are painting these guys at the rate of knots! Colour me impressed :)

Mordian7th said...

@Colonel Scipio: Thanks, I kept wincing internally while banging them out. I am definitely going to be spending more time on the heresy guys.

@Andy - bG: I appreciate it! Gonna have to strike a balance between quality and quantity, looks to be about 65 marines on deck soon.

@Sir Tainly: Aye - I think that every color is going to get one more shade and/or highlight on the heresy models (wash on the blue, an additional highlight on the metal, etc.). Think they'll definitely benefit from the extra step(s).

@Musings of a Smurf: Thanks man! This was definitely an experiment in speed painting more than anything. :)

Cheers, all!

Da Masta Cheef said...

", the overall time spent was just a little shy of ten hours."

Ponders shipping an army to you as I'll NEVER paint that quickly & still have it look good...lol.

Dai said...

And you've got dozens more to paint in this scheme on the way.... Don't fancy it myself mate. :) I'd go bonkers having to paint that much of the same scheme over and over and over and over.....

Still, done swiftly or not, I think they look really cool. Bravo.

Mordian7th said...

@Da Masta Cheef: Hah! I appreciate the thought!

@Dai: Yeah, it's definitely a double-edged sword. The simple paint scheme is quick, but it's also potentially very tedious - I'm hoping to put as much character into each of the 60-some-odd marines as I can in the build phase so they'll keep my interest in the paint phase. I find batch painting to be a fairly zen pastime though, given a decent audiobook it's actually quite relaxing and the paint just flies on! (on the models, on my fingers, on the desk...)

LuckGod said...

They look great, a true testament to batch painting.
Also are there necromunda pitslave weapons mixed in there?

Mordian7th said...

@LuckGod: Thanks! Sometimes quantity has a quality all its own. Indeed - there's a half dozen or so pit slave bits scattered throughout, good eye! Ah Necromunda, source of much fun, and many bits!