I recently got a buttload of 15mm Sci-Fi minis from the Critical Mass Games Kickstarter. I need to paint them, so I can have a full company vs. company to try out Quadrant 13. I looked into how to speed up the painting process, and I came across The Army Painter’s Color Primer. They spell it “colour” but they are wrong. 🙂
I use Army Painter’s washes – Strong Tone and Dark Tone, and I like them a lot better than the Citadel washes I had used previously, so I was already feeling positive toward the company.
The genius thing that Army Painter has done here is that they have a “100% match” regular paint for each color primer. So you can, in theory, spray your minis with the colored primer, paint the other colors, then touch up with the 100% match paint.
Anyway, I wanted to try it out before I sprayed it all over my CMG minis, so I tried it on Kurasan’s “Terror Of Clambake Beach.” These were perfect, because they are mostly one color.
The Clambake Beach minis before and after cleanup.
After priming with “Ultramarine Blue”. In the back is the spray primer and the 100% match paint.
The completed minis. I drybrushed a mix of the 100% match paint with a bit of Citadel’s Runefang Steel, then painted the eyes, mouth and teeth. Of course I messed that up, so I had several touchups to do, and they blended perfectly.
Then I washed with Army Painter’s Strong Tone mixed with acrylic medium to thin it. Basing was done my standard way.
The color primer really sped the whole process up. I’m a fan. The 100% match paints really seal the deal. I think this will save me about 25% time when I paint the 79 infantry from the CMG Kickstarter.