Quite recently my Malifaux Whatsapp group has been discussing how to best prep and paint the Malifaux models. In particular, some of the guys are of the opinion that Wyrd models are harder to paint compared to a GW model which tend to have more defined lines. I disagreed and promptly was asked how I did mine in such short periods to a reasonable quality.
|Prep work - all the way up to zenithal|
Always build as many models as you can - prioritizing those you need first. I tend to go in batches where I build a thematic group or based on when Card Geeks bring in my models. I prime them all with Flat Black out of rattle can. I leave this to dry overnight.
Another question that comes up often: Do I build the model and glue it to the base?
Most of the time, the answer is "Yes" - especially with Malifaux models which tend to be tiny and you can lose the parts easily. Also, at this size, it's ok to miss spots. The wash technique I use in the later stages will cover any small parts which may be missed at the priming stage.
The time I leave them in sub assemblies is when the parts are significantly different colours such as Hannah and her suit. One was primed with silver while Hannah was primed using the zenithal technique.
I then come back and hit them with a layer of white using the zenithal method. I won't go into too much detail but this blogger explained it very well in his write up.
|It can be done with a rattle can or an airbrush|
|I then complete ALL their bases together|
I then shift modes - focussing on one model at a time. I usually move between 3-4 models while waiting for them to dry between stages. From this point, I use the Wash Technique and you will have to give each model time to dry between colours and washes or you ruin your paint job.
|Primed and based|
|Always start lowest part then up|
|Once the Bone colour has dried (overnight in my case), I hit it with a shade|
I then leave the shade to dry and work on another model.
|First coat of Dark Blue|
|Round 2 - coat 2|
|Highlight that skin back up|
|A mix of light blue with dark blue|
|Pure light blue|
|As the final run, I hit with pure grey|
|Adding lipstick and some embellishments|
|Same technique on her back|