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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Beginning Mercs: Recon
Here are the first few figures from my copy of Mercs: Recon, a game in which players take private mercenary teams on raids into the offices of rival corporations.
The figures aren't shelf quality, but they are great for being simple board game components. There aren't too many (yet,) but I'm trying some speed-painting with these.
My security forces here were (over a black primer layer) first painted with dark olive -- drybrushed so as to leave some black-lining and pick up details. The I drybrushed a lighter olive drab going from top-down -- a basic simulation of top-down lighting.
Next, I painted guns and boots with black, to clean things up a little. Then I added a base layer of skin -- not a lot of skin showing on these figures, so this was nice and easy. And, I didn't have to, but I went ahead with a flesh highlight. The figure of the Secfor woman standing with the shotgun had some hair showing, so I did one-color layers of brown or blonde on those figures.
Finally, I painted the inner portion of the base with flat black; I like the little bit of contrast between the shinier outer lip of the base against the matte inner portion.
Each Merc team is only 6 figures (if you include the snipers,) so, using this basic technique, these should paint up pretty fast. The Secfor group pictured only took about a half hour. And I split an all-in pledge with a friend of mine (who also paints,) so we should have everything painted up with ease.
And, of course, we look forward to playing soon -- I've been reading good reviews.
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Sorry to dredge up an old post on you, but I'm really fascinated by the method you describe here. So does this mean you don't basecoat, you simply prime then go straight to drybrushing? Really lovely results, by the way!ReplyDelete
Yep -- just black-primed, drybrushed and a few details picked out. It's amazingly fast.Delete
Now, on most figures that I speed-paint, I will add a black coat (Delta Ceramcoat craft paint) over the black primer. I use Army Painter Matte, which dries glossy(!) The craft paint layer provides both a matte surface so it's easier to see details, and it also adds a surface that will hold a paint layer much better than a gloss surface. The result is also nice and durable. Give it a tr!