Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Testing, testing...

I mentioned the Mantic Skeletons in my last post and I've managed to get some painted.  I tried a number of different colours to see what final effect would look best (plus which would be easy to do 100 times over, and would look impressive when viewed as an army).  The results are below:

Of course the reason that they look so badly painted is due to some problem with my camera (and not because I'm a crap painter, they're only test pieces or erm... any other reason I can think of).  I'm going to go for the orange scheme (3rd along, looking a bit 'peachy') and the yellow and blue next to it.  I'll probably have units of each, though it'll be a while before I get started on painting them properly as I've got a metric tonne of Dark Eldar to get painted first.

Painting a few test pieces is a good idea if you're painting a large number of figures, it can be a nightmare to get halfway through an army and realise that it looks muddled and uncoordinated when it's all together on the tabletop.  Having to repaint or rebase figures can take up valuable time and money, so a few test pieces is quite a frugal idea!

Anyway, before I get onto my Dark Eldar or Undead I've got to finish off the Goblins, write a 2400pt list to go against Shiny tomorrow night and look at a 1000pt list for a forthcoming tournament (my first ever) so it's going to be a busy year.  Hooray!

3 comments:

Gyro said...

Good idea on test schemes before committing to a large haul of minis.

Of your batch here however, I think the first two take the cake in terms of color scheme, but the orange scheme looks pretty solid as well.

Frugal Dave said...

Thanks Gyro! I liked the first two when I did them, but I'm not sure how they'll look when I rank them up in large units.

Hmm, you are convincing me to try a few more red and yellow to see how they look ranked up...

Curse you!

Tristan said...

I dunno, teal and purple skeletons? Doesn't click for me, kinda too cheerful - makes me think of easter. Also not a fan of the orange. The green needs a darker colour to contrast with it, but I definitely like the blue/yellow and the red and yellow is very striking too. I would take them as a combination and do the "halved" in a different pattern. I'll look really sharp and pretty cohesive as an army. Maybe they were warring feudal states in life and now are forced to march to war together!