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NICK’S WORK I was inspired to try this style of painting by Nick’s epic  painting of his ACW armies (when I say inspired I was  really just copying!). Now I have not painted anything like  the numbers he managed to get on the table but his  methods certainly signposted the way to achieve larger  numbers of troops on the table while still getting a good  standard of work. The nice thing too is that this style is  good for all sorts of models, from the more uncomplicated  models like the Soviets I am using here (a good starting  point these) to anything almost you can think of, as I said  Nick used it very successfully on ACW troops, but I see no reason not to try it out on anything that’s takes your fancy.   KEV’S WORK Having said all that I did in the end fiddle with Nick’s style  a bit, and then realised this style is even more flexible  than I thought, because you can stop at whatever level of  finish you like, and still have a good troops that you won’t  be ashamed to put on the table.   STARTING The models are cleaned up before painting. This is  removing any metal on the models that is there as a result  of the moulding process, like vents and sprues, with  clippers, and then carefully filing down moulding line that  can sometime appear on the models.  PRIMING I tend now to prime everything I paint with grey car primer.  It’s not essential if you are black-undercoating, but as  
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WW2 Soviets Scouts with German Weapons
often as not I am photographing them for our websites in  grey before they get painted, so it is has become  convenient for me to prime all the models I get. And for  this particular painting method it is also useful if your  troops happen to be dressed in grey.  The next stage is priming them again! Here I have chosen  to most appropriate colour for these particular troops  which was The Army Painter Army Green Colour  Primer Spray, but could have been Leather Brown. You  need to assess which colour your troops have the most of,  and pick a primer accordingly. Or you can miss out the  colour primer stage and go straight to brush painting them  in the colours you require.   Once the primer is dry (usually left overnight if I can), I  glue the model to a small scarp of card so I can hold him  without touching the model itself whilst painting. 
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Inspired by Nick to have a go at a different painting method
Kev Dallimore
HIGHLIGHTING Well it’s not really actual highlighting, it’s painting the  colours back in that you have gone all over with the brown  wash, the same colours go over where they were before,  however leave some of the brown washed areas in the  depressions and creases to give the shading effect. On  the flesh area I have left some washed areas showing on  the face to represent five-o’clock shadow. Essentially  
FAST PAINTING SOVIETS Inspired by Nick to have a go at a different painting method
PAINTING All of the paints and washes used are from The Army  Painter, as is the colour primer. I was painting eight models, four primed green and four  primed brown. But they all followed along similar lines.  The real key here is to be neat; this might be a bit slower  but will pay off in the long run when they are finished and  this is good practise if you chose to use another style of  painting later on your other models.  BLOCKING IN This is painting in all of the colours neatly ready for  shading. It doesn’t really matter what order to paint  colours, but I like to start with the flesh. Now I carried on with each colour in turn, being as neat as  I can, given that I want to do these models reasonably  quickly. The colours used are as follows in the order I did  them. Barbarian Flesh – hands and face.  Werewolf Fur – amoeba camouflage pattern. Monster Brown – uniforms were showing and caps,  backpack and gaiters.   Castle Grey – water bottles.  Oak Brown – leather straps and brown boots.   Fur Brown – hair and wooden parts on the guns.  Hardened Carapace – metal guns, black boots, hair  and SMG magazine pouches. Hemp Rope – gaiters.  Desert Yellow – padded jacket. FINISH HERE You could stop here, varnish and base them up and have  respectable, but more toy like, soldiers on the tabletop  (I’m not saying toy like is not as good, it’s just a different  look). Or you can carry on the next stage. (Perhaps I  should write the next painting article as a program  paragraph book…)  
SHADING Shading is achieved with the use of a wash; this is a  relative thin and semi-transparent paint or ink that allows  details to show through when applied, and thus creating a  more three-dimensional effect, shaded effect. The brown  wash goes all over the model, hands, face, clothes, guns,  everything in fact. Some areas might need more coats,  you will be able to see when it dries if additional  applications are needed.   The Army Painter Quickshade Mid Brown Wash goes  over everything  On these particular models I am only using one colour  wash to shade the models, in this case The Army Painter  Quickshade Mid Brown Wash. I picked only colours that  would look ok shaded with the brown of this wash. On  more complicated models you could use a number  different shading washes, like Blue Tone on blue things  and Green Tone on green, but I stuck to one shading  paint the save time and to see how that would turn out. (If  you have a look at my other articles on fast painting you  will see how this works. Click here)  FINISH HERE You could stop here, varnish and base them up and have  respectable, but quite dark and dirty troops, which may  well be appropriate for WW2. Or you can carry on to the  next stage. (It feels even more like a paragraph game…)  
HIGHLIGHTING This stage in this painting process is a very final quick  proper highlight. This involved adding a small amount of  white the all colours and painting in some of the high  points on the folds and creases and edges, and to the  high points on the face, cheek bones, nose and so on.  Now obviously this step requires a bit more judgement as  
VARNISH Make sure all the paint on the model is thoroughly dry  before commencing varnishing.  Gloss The models were then given a coat of Humbrol  polyurethane gloss varnish and set aside for 24 hours to  dry completely. Be careful not to let the varnish pool,  especially under the legs and on the feet. You don't need  a very thick coat of varnish.   FINISH HERE Some people do like there toys soldiers in gloss, so you  could stop here and base them up… or carrying on to the  next stage. Matt
The Finished Troops
The models are primed with grey car primer and then primed again with The Army Painter Army Green Colour Primer Spray, this shot shows them in the grey.
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Painting starts with blocking in hands and face with Barbarian Flesh.
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Carry on blocking in is all of the colours neatly ready for shading.
These are the models primed brown then the other colours blocked in.
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Shading is achieved with the use of a wash; this is a relative thin and semi-transparent paint or ink that allows details to show through when applied, The Army Painter Quickshade Mid Brown Wash – over everything.
using the same colours as used to start with as a broad  highlight, leaving the folds and the recesses in the brown  washed over colour.   FINISH HERE You could stop here, varnish and base them up and have  more than respectable troops, you really could, and I think  they look great. Or you can carry on the next and last  painting stage. 
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Well it’s not really actual highlighting, paint the colours back in that you have gone over with the brown wash, the same colours go over where they were before, leaving some of the brown areas in the depressions and creases to give the shading effect.
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to where to place the highlights, but with a bit of practice it  will become easier, probably less is more at this stage.  Also at this stage I popped in some eyes and even some  teeth and gave the guns some ware marks in Gun Metal.  FINISH HERE That really is the finish of the painting.  
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This stage in this painting process is a very final quick proper highlight. This involved adding a small amount of white the all colours and painting in some of the high points on the folds and creases and edges, and to the high points on the face, cheek bones, nose and so on.
Then they were given two coats of Anti-Shine Matt  Varnish. Be even more careful when painting on the matt  varnish. When applying the matt, brush it out well from  any nooks and crannies where it is likely to collect and  pool. FINISH HERE And that is them finished apart from a decent base. It may  seem counterintuitive to spend time on a decent looking  base but there are very sound reasons for it. A nice neat  base can make a world of difference to a model no matter  what style or finish, and you get to practice dry-brushing,  an extremely useful technique that will stand you in good  stead in your painting in the future. 
BASING The bases are 25mm round plastic. I used superglue to  stick the models in place, blowing over them to prevent  the glue whitening off on the models.  I then filled in between the models bases and round base  with household filler and then left that overnight to go  hard. 
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Gloss varnishing. The models were then given a coat of Humbrol polyurethane gloss varnish; some people like there toys soldiers in gloss, so you could stop here and base them up.
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Matt Varnish. They were given two coats of Anti-Shine Matt Varnish. Be even more careful when painting on the matt varnish. When applying the matt, brush it out well from any nooks and crannies where it is likely to collect and pool.
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Fill in between the models bases and round base with household filler.
Then glue on some sharp sand with PVA glue.
I then glued on some sharp sand with PVA glue. When the sand was dried hard I painted the whole base  with Leather Brown, I then dry-brushed on Desert Yellow.   I then dry-brushed on lightly, Skeleton Bone.   I then added some flora. Tufts from Gamers Grass, and  they are ready for battle!  
FINISH HERE Finally that is them finished, to a very pleasing standard I  hope you will agree, while still be many many times faster  than normal for me, or it would be if I didn’t write about it!  
Paint the whole base with Leather Brown, then dry-brush on Desert Yellow.
Then dry-brush on lightly, Skeleton Bone.
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Add some flora Tufts from Gamers Grass, and they are ready for battle!
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WW2 Soviet Characters.
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Soviet Command (Winter Gear).
Soviet Scouts.
Soviet Assault Engineers.
Soviet Scouts with Rifles.
Soviet Assault Engineer Support Weapons.
Soviet Scouts with SMG.
Soviet Scout Command