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WHY? I have tried painting various things now with The Army  Painter Speedpaints, from Broo to Wolves to Stargrave,  and I have to say I like ‘em. So for a change I thought I  would have a go at something more uniform, well  something wearing uniforms to be exact, something that  has definite colours and that would have to be near  enough the right colours too. Now I’m not talking 1970’s  Humbrol Authentic colours, but near enough to pass  muster.  I also wanted to see if I could use them in a fine  precise enough way for 18th century British regular  infantry, a way that might not be their raison d'etre I  should think.  The British regular infantry in this case are  from North Star’s Muskets & Tomahawks American War of  Independence range.  UNPAINTED For those of you that read my first go at the Speedpaints  will know I have more than a few undercoated and or  wholly unpainted figures around the place and still more  from my day job at North Star that I prime up grey for my  photography. But Speedpaints seem to be denting the  ever increasing pile of lead.  NOT ODD I’m a convert to the Speedpaints and that’s not odd, given  what I do for a living, there are so many models to paint  and game with and, well to be blunt, only one lifetime in  which to do it.  I am no stranger to fast painting (in spite of  my reputation), I’ve been doing it for years. In fact I have  completed a whole series of articles on fast painting  armies for Oathmark using the previous iteration of The  Army Painter fast painting method using their Quickshade  washes and Quickshade Varnish, CLICK HERE.  GRAIL SHAPED They are still not the Holy Grail but they may be a grail  shaped object; but they still won’t do it all for you. They do  require thought and handling in the correct way to get the  
best out of them, and in some ways require more thought  than normal paints, especially in preparation and planning  as I will explain.  UNIT So I set out to complete this whole unit in a shorter space  of time as I could. I didn’t have time to do it all in one  sitting as I was fitting it in around my proper job and other  painting commitments. Luckily most of the cleaning up  was done and they were primed grey, as these were  models I had already photographed for North Star web  images. As it turned out I reckon the painting took about  half an hour per model when doing a whole unit, which for  me ranks as super speedy. TIME As I said before these paints aren’t any help speeding up  the preparation and finishing time of the models. You will  still need to spend as much time cleaning up and/or  assembling your models and the same sort of time  varnishing and basing them up, although Speedpaint  could assist in the basing, but not this time. Some people  just love the prep and finishing and hate painting,  Speedpaints are ideal for them.  FROM THE TOP As the models were already primed grey, I went for a  white zenithal undercoat applied from above over the grey.  If you search on YouTube for zenithal undercoat you will  see what it is. I applied it with my very elderly airbrush, but  a spray can of white primer could do just as well, if you are  using Army Painter cans be aware they put out a lot of  paint. The idea is not to obliterate all the darker primer but  leaving it underneath, creating a shadow effect and thus  some shading for free, so a light touch is needed. You can  also spray apply the zenithal white over a black undercoat  too. Or you can dry-brush white on, know as slap chop if  you want to look it up. When using spray cans always test  the spray out before you commit it to the figures, it can go  gritty if not shaken up properly, just saying.
Above. The finished unit of speed painted Muskets & Tomahawks AWI British Regular Infantry.
PLANNING Speedpaints are semi-transparent, they are much more  akin to a wash or a stain, similar to the old watercolour  blocks, but have a more sustained pigment and an  interesting way flowing and don’t seem to leave  tidemarks. The paint properties require some planning as  you are less able to hide errors with subsequent layers or  colours as you could with conventional painting. With  them I always plan to use lighter colours first and then go  darker in the hope to minimize any mistakes. Also the  peculiar properties of the Speedpaints mean that if you  have left any mould line on the models they will  accentuate them, so be prepared to clean up the models  diligently. PAINTS These Mk1 paints also have another unusual property  which is, when you paint over the Speedpaints with  normal Army Painter War Paint, the Speedpaint has a  tendency to bleed into the normal paint as stain it slightly,  so if you are trying to correct an error by applying more  white undercoat, expect this phenomenon. These models  are mostly done in the Mk1, using only a few colours of  the new Mk2, as I didn’t have some specific colours I  needed in the Mk1 (and not wanting to waste the paint I  am trying to use up all my Mk1s before using the Mk2, but I only had the small set of the Mk1).  The Mk2 versions  seem to have cured this phenomenon, so hooray,  although it didn’t overly bother me, I have noted the Mk2  as I use them.   BRUSHES The watery nature of these paints means that they will run  up the bristles of the brush into the metal ferrule and are  the devils own job to completely clean out, so don’t use  
Above. As the models were already primed grey, I went for a white zenithal undercoat applied from above over the grey. If you search on YouTube for zenithal undercoat you will see what it is.
your best finest brushes. I have a decent stock of brushes  that are no longer any good for frontline service but are  ideal for Speedpaints duty till they meet there end.  SHAKE Do shake the bottles up well; very well, this can make a  real difference to how the Speedpaint goes on. Each  bottle has no less than 2 ball bearings in them to ensure  they mix up well when you shake them, so do that. APPLICATION  The secret is to be controlled with them, there is a  tendency because of the speed label to slap them on any  old how, and this will not yield the most satisfactory  results. Don’t overload your brush, the Speedpaints will  flow. Be careful and apply them only to the areas needed,  avoiding slipping into other areas if you can, as you will  see I slipped over a bit but I was thinking they are mostly  going to be darker areas so I could get away with it. For  some fine work like the brown canteen strap for example I  used a very fine, if a bit worn, brush that I used to use for  faces.   SPEEDPAINTS I started with flesh, as that’s what I usually do when using  normal paints. Also I chose the flesh as it seemed to be  amongst the lighter colours. It is really worth planning the  order of colours you are going to use from light to dark. I  didn’t use the free (and very nice) brush that is included in  the sets, as it was bit too large for my taste, I used a  smaller, old and a bit knackered Army Painter brushes,  already well broken in from other painting.   FLESH, Crusader Skin. BEARD, Runic Grey.
TROUSERS, BELTS, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. HOLY The Holy White Speedpaint  was thinned with the thinner  supplied, and then the  judicial application of the  painters thumb was be  needed to get a whiter than  white finish. 
THE REST TRICORN HAT, SHOES, BAYONET SCABBARD, CARTRIDGE BOX, HAIR BOW, Grim Black. CANTEEN STRAP, Warrior Skin (2nd edition). HAIR, Dark Wood. GUN BARREL, CANTEEN, BAYONET, BUTTONS, Not Speedpaints, normal Army Painter Warpaints, Gun Metal, then a wash of Mid Brown and then a wash of Strong Tone. TIDY I used some Humbrol white enamel paint to repaint and  thus tidy some of the areas where I had inadvertently  gone over with the Speedpaint like the belts and turn- 
backs, and it seems to work fine and more resistant to the  Speedpaint bleeding through.  BASING Normal Army Painter Warpaints again, to match existing  figures bases. Leather Brown all over the basing  materials, then dry-brushed with Desert Yellow then very  lightly with Skeleton Bone, you can see much more  details about basing in my many other painting article in  the magazine. FINISHED Before basing they were finished off with a coat of spray  Anti Shine Matt Varnish. The Anti Shine Matt is a good  choice to use with the Speedpaints as it’s not a dead flat  finish it confers a subtle low sheen with is quite helpful  especially on the darker colours.  
BRITISH REDCOATS
MORE SPEED PAINTING I had a few American Continental infantry lying around  so I did them too, and I also had previously painted the  Hurons and Mohicans from the range. See what you  think. YANKS FLESH, Crusader Skin.
CARTRIDGE BOX BELT, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. TURN-BACKS, BRITCHES, STOCKINGS, WAISTCOAT, BREAD-BAG, Pallid Bone. MUSKET STOCK, WATER BOTTLE, HAIR, Dark Wood. CANTEEN STRAP, Warrior Skin (2nd edition). TRICORN HAT, SHOES, BAYONET SCABBARD, CARTRIDGE BOX, HAIR BOW, Grim Black.
HURONS
INDIAN CHARACTERS
SPEED PAINTING WITH SPEEDPAINTS As the models were already primed grey, I went for a white zenithal undercoat applied from above over the grey. If you search on YouTube for zenithal undercoat you will see what it is. As the models were already primed grey, I went for a white zenithal undercoat applied from above over the grey. If you search on YouTube for zenithal undercoat you will see what it is. As the models were already primed grey, I went for a white zenithal undercoat applied from above over the grey. If you search on YouTube for zenithal undercoat you will see what it is. As the models were already primed grey, I went for a white zenithal undercoat applied from above over the grey. If you search on YouTube for zenithal undercoat you will see what it is.
Above. The Crusader Skin goes all over the flesh areas, with the Runic Grey just on the beard.
The Crusader Skin goes all over the flesh areas, with the Runic Grey just on the beard.  The Crusader Skin goes all over the flesh areas, with the Runic Grey just on the beard.  The Crusader Skin goes all over the flesh areas, with the Runic Grey just on the beard.  The Crusader Skin goes all over the flesh areas, with the Runic Grey just on the beard.
JACKET, Slaughter Red (2nd edition). CUFFS & TURN BACKS, Zealot yellow. MUSKET STOCK, Hardened Leather.
The Holy White Speedpaint was thinned with the thinner supplied, and then the judicial wipe of the painters thumb was be needed to get a whiter than white finish. The Holy White Speedpaint was thinned with the thinner supplied, and then the judicial wipe of the painters thumb was be needed to get a whiter than white finish. The Holy White Speedpaint was thinned with the thinner supplied, and then the judicial wipe of the painters thumb was be needed to get a whiter than white finish.
Above. The Holy White Speedpaint was thinned with the thinner supplied.
Above. JACKET, Slaughter Red. CUFFS & TURN BACKS, Zealot yellow. MUSKET STOCK, Hardened Leather.
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TRICORN HAT, SHOES, BAYONET SCABBARD, CARTRIDGE BOX, HAIR BOW, Grim Black. CANTEEN STRAP, Warrior Skin (2nd edition). HAIR, Dark Wood. Finished Model. TRICORN HAT, SHOES, BAYONET SCABBARD, CARTRIDGE BOX, HAIR BOW, Grim Black. CANTEEN STRAP, Warrior Skin (2nd edition). HAIR, Dark Wood. SPEED PAINTING AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE BRITISH REGULARS WITH SPEEDPAINTS SPEED PAINTING AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE WITH SPEEDPAINTS American Continental Regular Infantry. FLESH, Crusader Skin. CARTRIDGE BOX BELT, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. TURN-BACKS, BRITCHES, STOCKINGS, WAISTCOAT, BREAD-BAG, Pallid Bone.  MUSKET STOCK, WATER BOTTLE, HAIR, Dark Wood. American Continental Regular Infantry. FLESH, Crusader Skin. CARTRIDGE BOX BELT, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. TURN-BACKS, BRITCHES, STOCKINGS, WAISTCOAT, BREAD-BAG, Pallid Bone.  MUSKET STOCK, WATER BOTTLE, HAIR, Dark Wood. American Continental Regular Infantry. FLESH, Crusader Skin. CARTRIDGE BOX BELT, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. TURN-BACKS, BRITCHES, STOCKINGS, WAISTCOAT, BREAD-BAG, Pallid Bone.  MUSKET STOCK, WATER BOTTLE, HAIR, Dark Wood. American Continental Regular Infantry. FLESH, Crusader Skin. CARTRIDGE BOX BELT, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. TURN-BACKS, BRITCHES, STOCKINGS, WAISTCOAT, BREAD-BAG, Pallid Bone.  MUSKET STOCK, WATER BOTTLE, HAIR, Dark Wood. American Continental Regular Infantry. FLESH, Crusader Skin. CARTRIDGE BOX BELT, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. TURN-BACKS, BRITCHES, STOCKINGS, WAISTCOAT, BREAD-BAG, Pallid Bone.  MUSKET STOCK, WATER BOTTLE, HAIR, Dark Wood. American Continental Regular Infantry. FLESH, Crusader Skin. CARTRIDGE BOX BELT, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. TURN-BACKS, BRITCHES, STOCKINGS, WAISTCOAT, BREAD-BAG, Pallid Bone.  MUSKET STOCK, WATER BOTTLE, HAIR, Dark Wood. American Continental Regular Infantry. FLESH, Crusader Skin. CARTRIDGE BOX BELT, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. TURN-BACKS, BRITCHES, STOCKINGS, WAISTCOAT, BREAD-BAG, Pallid Bone.  MUSKET STOCK, WATER BOTTLE, HAIR, Dark Wood. American Continental Regular Infantry. FLESH, Crusader Skin. CARTRIDGE BOX BELT, MUSKET SLING & HAT LACE, Holy White. TURN-BACKS, BRITCHES, STOCKINGS, WAISTCOAT, BREAD-BAG, Pallid Bone.  MUSKET STOCK, WATER BOTTLE, HAIR, Dark Wood. SPEED PAINTING AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE WITH SPEEDPAINTS Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Hurons from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  Indian Characters from the same Muskets & Tomahawks range.  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