Monday, August 12, 2013

Head-to-Head

My three color method test levy is finally finished and based so I could take some head-to-head shots with my Army Painter dipped levy. I chose to use the two that had the same color tunic. Hard to believe they are the same color. That dip really muddies things up!







If you ask me there is no comparison. Well, perhaps the three color method spear looks too much like zebrawood. But other than that the difference is night and day. I guess the question now is, do I have the patience to paint the other forty guys this way...

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  1. I hate to play devils advocate but I think put on a table top your would not be able to tell them apart (yes the colour is dulled by AP dip) but for gaming I think they are both top. Now if you put them up to your eyes then yes the latest figures is light years better than the dipped one but how much moe time did he take. I know you said before you are more into the painting side so I would say go for it and enjoy painting your 40 guys no matter how long it takes. If you want to get into gaming quickly then break out the dip and you will still have a force that looks stunning but just done a little quicker
    Peace James

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    1. A fair point, surely. I should put some pics up of them at a "gaming" distance. Also, I suppose there is a middle ground as well: paint some highlights on before or after dipping.

      The closest group I have found that plays SAGA is an hour and a half away. Last time I went it took nearly an eight hour chunk out of my day. So until someone closer pops up, I feel like I have plenty of time to paint.

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    2. I say paint each one to your best then,that way you get the most fun out of your hobby no point rushing. I hope you get a fellow gamer nearer soon though

      Peace James

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  2. I think you are onto something with a "middle ground" approach, try using highlights back over washed/dipped areas. That's what I do anyway, - block in, wash, go back over picking out highlights etc. I use a different coloured wash for flesh than I do for the rest of the figure too.
    I am more of a painter than a gamer because of lack of fellow gamers in my area too - enjoy your hobby like James says & thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

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  3. I have often wondered about dip and the time spent on individual models, but you must do what you want. I love the painting side of the hobby as a distraction from a busy and demanding job so I don't mind lavishing time on a solitary figure. Once I had accepted that I probably wouldn't be 'commanding' vast regiments then the choice was easy. Now that said, I do like the use of washes and I think that a middle ground route could definitely be a winner.

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  4. They both look good and each method has their own pluses and minuses. As long as you are having fun doing it, it does not matter which route you go.

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  5. For me its about the painting over the speed so I dont use dip, however I have seen some very nicely done figures using dips that have been highlighted. At the end of the day its your hobby and you have to choose which method you prefer, as you have to be happy with the finished product.

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  6. Wow - really - I'd never thought the tunics both started out the same color. But then again, I've had the same experience with using Minwax. It really darkens, muddies the base color. Great looking light troops. Best, Dean

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  7. I'll second that they both look good. I also like to wash different areas in different colors. I'll also second that you do what brings you the most enjoyment. For me right now I need to focus on speed because lack of finished figures is really holding up my gaming.

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  8. This is a great decision point for you. I do really like your triad figure but the dipped is very good as well. Basing is top notch as well. If you were pressed, dipped probably be the way to go. With nothing pending, you can take your time. AND you'll get faster as you go along with triad painting.

    Can I ask a question? My pics are pretty uneven and what you have here is fabulous. Can I bug you about the setup? I'll shoot you an email. ;-)

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