Post by paddy649 on Oct 24, 2017 20:18:05 GMT
I'm currently painting a whole load of Classical Indians (actually all Indian Armies II/1,2 & 3) and am finding that I can rip through the infantry at a rate of knots, however some of the shield work is time-consuming and then you have got the elephants, chariots, and cavalry which has slowed the painting time down quite a bit. However, this is nothing compared to the intricate, patterned designs that my Scythians required which took ages - even the Swiss were quicker because although colourful, each figure only actually had a relatively few colours on it. All of this has led me to wonder what is the fastest DBA 3.0 Army to paint?
OK you have got the 10+ Ps Armies which will be fast just because they have got so few figures - but some Ps figures need a lot of work plus when you've got one Ps heavy army do you need more? [Rhetorical - I'm well aware of n+1!] So I'm not asking about the armies with the fewest figures but the armies that you can speed paint and still have a good looking (and effective) army?
Generally I find that each colour on a figure adds to the length of time it takes to paint a figure, especially wher it is colour in colour, stripes or checks. So Gauls and anything with complex heraldry is right out! Faces also take time - so simply clad, cloaked and veiled troops or plate main and enclosed helmets would seem fast. Put these together and then a late medieval army might be fast...but flags and heraldry might slow things down. Dry brushing is a very quick technique - so are there any Arab armies, perhaps Berbers or Bedouins, where the figures are mostly a single colour with dry brushed highlights and simple green or plain flags? Or are the mostly naked troops of Polynesia or Book 1 the fastest to paint? Also each different troop type has its own demands and that adds a bit of extra time for the army - so possibly an army with limited troop types? Finally as far as I'm concerned shield transfers and printed flags are permissible - it is the finished product that counts!
So the question is:- What is the fastest army to paint? Any ideas please....with any photos of your suggested candidates being the icing on the cake!