Greetings, fellow humans! This week, I have mostly been painting a Brute….
I started by painting all of the base colours, and then washing everything and drybrushing the skin and metal (as per usual). After that though, I really didn’t feel like highlighting everything else as I’d done so far. It was quite time consuming, and not particularly fun to do. I know that Ironjawz are an elite kind of army (as far as Orruks go), but they’re a horde army to me, dammit! As a result, I decided to change all of my highlights to drybrushes – bar the teef, nails and eyes. It was so much quicker/easier, and I think it looks just as good.
Now that I’ve seen sense, I’ll probably batch paint the rest of my Brutes in twos or threes, and my Ardboys five or so at a time when I get round to them. I’m used to batch painting my 40k Orks, so with any luck I’ll get back into the groove and be able to churn through them pretty quickly.
I’ll probably still use the highlighting method for my characters (which my Weirdnob Shaman is and Ironskull’s Boyz technically are), but stick to drybrushing for the rank and file from now on. I certainly don’t think that edge highlighting a hundred Moonclan Grots is a sensible idea! As daft as it sounds, such a simple change has been a huge relief for me, as (although I’m painting fairly regularly) it felt like my productivity was reducing dramatically. I’m now much more confident in my ability to churn out a decent sized Destruction army over these first six months of the year.
Speaking of Moonclan Grots, I managed to obtain a copy of the old Battle for Skull Pass starter set, which is a great starting point for an army. For those of you who don’t know, it contains a Boss, a Shaman, 60 Grotz, 10 Spider Riders and a Troll (Troggoth). I just need to replace their square bases before I start building them…