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Underpainted Bretonnians

I watched Dana Howl’s underpainting video almost 18 months ago now, and finally decided to put it into practise. I chose some plastic and one metal Bretonnian figures. The archers came from a 5th edition Warhammer starter set around 1996 and the standard bearer would have been picked up soon after.

My method here was to pre-paint the shadows and highlights using the miniature sculpts to guide those decisions, and then paint back over with Contrast Paints.

All I can say is – I wish I had thought of this method back in the day – and I wish Contrast Paints had been available then too! My Bretonnian army was sold off long ago so I don’t have any figure to compare, but I spent longer back in the day to produce a worse result than these. It’s not perfect but I will keep going with this on some more models and see how I get on.

14 comments on “Underpainted Bretonnians

  1. John@justneedsvarnish
    April 30, 2022

    They look really good, Dave! 🙂 Did you use the same shadow and highlight colours over the whole model and then let the contrast paint provide the colour, or did you use specific shadow/highlights in different areas?

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    • davekay
      April 30, 2022

      I started with a zenithal undercoat, and then mixed GW’s wraithbone into black in increasing amounts to build up some variation, and finished off the highlights with some Pale Sand.

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    • davekay
      April 30, 2022

      But yes, there was no ‘colour’ other than the contrast paints, if that’s what you were asking!

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      • John@justneedsvarnish
        April 30, 2022

        You’ve answered my maybe-poorly-worded question, Dave, thank you! 🙂 Your results do look much better than contrast paint achieves on its own as far as I’m concerned!

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  2. ericritter65
    April 30, 2022

    I don’t know if I’m still sold on contrast paints – GW’s or any other brand. I remember painting my Brets back in the day and I’d do 5-10 at a time. Keeping the colors simple. All armour black, dry brush metallic of choice, faces next, all the whites, then reds (red and white was the Lords color for my Bretonnians), then browns and wood colors, wash everything, clean and matt coat – a simple green base with model RailRoad flock, call me done! Never had to wait for paint to dry as my the time you got through the 10th dude, number one was dry enough for the next color (and no nasty contrast paint tide marks!).
    If I was to redo them today, I’d lay waste tor troops with an airbrush and kick out a 25-man unit on a Saturday morning!

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    • davekay
      May 1, 2022

      I started with just a few contrast paints to use on my Plague Marines, and they worked so well I picked up more and more. In terms of colours, I have about half the range now.

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      • ericritter65
        May 1, 2022

        I could see trying some Contrast if I was batch painting, but I tend to stick with skirmish level gaming, so each figure has his own color scheme.
        Maybe I’ll look into them when the latest kickstarter Zombicide hits my doorsteps, but then I have a plan in mind for the Zombies to be all painted in septa tones, to look like those old colorized Western films from the 50’s.

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  3. heretic30k
    May 1, 2022

    Dana’s channel is really great. 90% of my painting is now based around a zenithal undercoat and then glazing these days – much quicker and more fun with same or better results than when I was going with the old school GW layering approach.

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    • davekay
      May 1, 2022

      It was a lot faster than I had expected! After painting them I wished these had been available back in 5th edition where I painted 2 units of 21 archers for my army!

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  4. Pete S/ SP
    May 1, 2022

    Thopse look great- really like the effect.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    • davekay
      May 1, 2022

      Thanks Pete, I am definitely going to try this technique on more models and see how I go.

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  5. Guru PIG
    May 1, 2022

    You should be pleased with the effect. At the moment I am just using a few contrast paints to dip my toe in the water.

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  6. mcmattila
    May 5, 2022

    Yeah, zenithal undercoating and contrast paints go together really well, and your models are looking great! If you want to take them a step further, some quick highlights on the most prominent areas give the models that extra pop. I used a very similar technique on some poxwalkers and really liked the result.

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    • davekay
      May 5, 2022

      Thanks for that! I’m definitely going to repeat this method and I think some edge highlights will help next time.

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