White is simply superior. Check out the battle of Bagradas either in WS&S or my Great Battles of history. The troops are white primed and "stain" painted (some thirty years ago!). They were photoed under bad light and still jump out. My black primed painted troops only look good under very intense light.. something that is only available on painting tables or photo shoots. It never, ever happens in convetion or club games.
I have fought this for years. White primed troops take twice as long to paint...and are more difficult as well.
All my 25s from now on will be white primed. I'm not sure I can bring myself to do so with future 15s...but I should.
You make a convincing argument Joe. That book is super! Cheers, Paul.
its good at high end level painting but tbh, it doesnt work too well on 15mm due to the small size, i woud always say go with whatever you feel provides the best results in your eyes as at the end of the day, if you are happy with something, that is what matters. But grey is a good combination of both black and white
Have done both....struggle with black undercoat, for all the reasons mentioned by others, plus it’s harder to see the details when all is black. One compromise I tried, which worked well, was - undercoat black, then drybrush white. This picks out the details for painting, AND supplies a better base for lighter colours. Martin
With Martin on this one - that’s what I do in the majority of cases
So the moral is, you will end up doing what works for you personally. Just get in and try all methods!