Monday, June 18, 2018

Assembly Line Painting (ALP)

With the completion of a recent commission project I had to improve on my Assembly Line Painting (ALP) skill.  I have done ALP in the past however I never really gave it much thought, I just did it.  I would put some paint on one model and just move right on through all the models I was painting.  During my last project I took some notes while I was painting and I want to share some of the tips and ticks I learned while I paint my next large collection of models.

Before I get started with this series of articles I want to state that this is my way of ALP and it might not work for you.  My goal is to share some tips and tricks that might help you with painting miniatures.

Many of the readers of my blog might already know what Assembly Line Painting is and practice it on their own projects.  For those of you that don't know what it is let me explain my thoughts on the process.  ALP is the process in which you paint a group of similar models using the same color paint one step at a time.  If I am painting a unit of 10 Orruks I would start by painting their skin tone first.  I would put some paint on my pallet and just do the neck and head.  I would go through all 10 models until they are all done.  Next I would do just one arm, again one model at at time until they are all done.  This process of ALP can save you time so you can complete a project faster.  The reason it speeds up your painting is because you are just repeating the same motions on each model.  Looking back at my Orruk models, all the models are similar and I am using the same color paint on all the models.  The first model I paint the neck and head and I now just repeat the same brush strokes as I finish the next 9 models.  It is a more efficient way to paint groups of models and you can finish them in a timely manner.

My next project is going to be finishing my Orruk army for AOS.  The first step in any army project is to build the models.  I have built 21 Ardboys for my army and will be painting them up using ALP.  During this process I will be sharing new tools and tips that can help you with your painting projects.

I have already painted many Ardboys in the past and know how challenging they can be to paint.  I built my 21 models and you might notice I didn't put their heads on.  These models have helmets and they make it hard to paint the necks.  I will put the heads on after the models are base coated.  This is called sub-assembly which is a common practice for a lot of painters.  Leaving certain parts off the model while you paint it so you can paint the model more thoroughly and faster. 

My first tip for ALP is to think about how you will paint the model while building it.  If you can leave parts off the model that will improve your efficiency during painting then leave those parts off.  For this project I am leaving the heads off so I can paint the neck faster without having to paint behind the helmet.  All the heads were glued to scraps sprue using Zap-A-Gap.  I will prime and base coat the heads on the sprue and because I used small amount of Zap-A-Gap they will pop off the sprue once I am done painting them. 

 The next step will be to prime the models and these days we have more options when it comes to our primers. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

What's New with Mike and Jeff June 16, 2018

We unbox Soul Wars and Malign Sorcery boxes

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Heroes of Land, Air and Sea

For the past two months I have been working hard to finish a commission job painting the models for a board game called Heroes of Land, Air and Sea.  This was a job I took on with a friend and my part was to paint up 135 models in less then two months.  Last week I completed the Goblin faction and the Nomads finishing the job.  This project taught me a lot about assembly line painting and ways to speed up my painting. 

My next project will be to finish up my Ironjawz for AOS.  This is another big project and I plan to write some posts about the process of assembly line painting.  Until that time please enjoy the finial pictures of this project.   

Saturday, June 9, 2018

What's New with Mike and Jeff June 9, 2018

This was a big release weekend and our show was filled with things going wrong.  We got through it and still had fun and that is what matters at the end of the day. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

What's New with Mike and Jeff June 2, 2018

No new releases however we still have a lot to talk about.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Finished the Elf Heroes and started the Mercenaries

So I finished up the Elf heroes and started work on the Mercenaries for Heroes of Land, Air and Sea.  I started work on the next faction however I can't share any pictures or talk about them at all.  Once the top secret faction is done I will finish the Goblins and this project will be done.

These next three pictures are the Mercenaries and the Giant is not on a base yet.  My buddy Jason is going to finish that, he has some planes to do something creative with it.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

What's New with Mike and Jeff May 26, 2018

Hey no technical issues this week can't go wrong with that.  Have a great week.