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Speedpainting or just painting?

There’s always more that can be said on the subject of speedpainting. In this video Ninjon takes us through the ‘slapchop’ method of painting mainly with contrast to produce a quick table-ready model.

Then he adds some optional additional steps to his second model. This method works well on models with limited colours where you want to paint a lot quickly. After pre-painting your shadows and highlights, just slap on the contrast (or equivalent) paint of your choice.

I liked the video, but it struck me as being essentially the same as Dana Howl’s ‘underpainting’ method which I first watched a few years ago now.

The main difference between the two seems to be that slapchop involves drybrishing the final highlight in white, while underpainting prefers to hand paint using Pale Sand. I have used this method myself, including on the Bretonnians I used as the thumbnail for this article.

Of the two names, I definitely prefer underpainting.

What the newer video did make me think about is how normalised the hobby is now to painting using contrast (or equivalent) over a varied base coat. Contrast as a brand has only been around for a few years – not even five – but I think it’s had a profound effect on how hobbyists old and new approach painting their miniatures.


7 comments on “Speedpainting or just painting?

  1. John@justneedsvarnish
    September 24, 2022

    Interesting comments, Dave! 🙂 Makes me wonder whether contrast paints are really just a way to get things done conveniently to fit in with the way a lot of other aspects in life seem to be heading. For historical figures, or those with a lot of colour variation, or vehicles, ships and aircraft, contrast colours may be less successful, but if the aim is to help people paint the large numbers of figures they “need” for their games then it works I suppose!

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    • davekay
      September 24, 2022

      I think broadly speaking the fewer individual colours on the your figure, the better a contrast method will come out, but I am sure this is not an iron-clad rule.

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  2. theimperfectmodeller
    September 24, 2022

    I guess a painting method depends in part to your primary interest in the hobby. If you want an army painted well and quickly so you can get on with the latest game then speed paints and associated techniques are for you. Personally, and speaking as a non-gamer as you know, the hobby is all about the painting and finish and speed is pretty much the last thing on my mind. Always great though to see and enjoy different takes on the hobby. 🙂

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  3. Faust
    September 25, 2022

    If I found a brand of speed paint that actually maintained a matte finish (looking like GSW Dipping Inks might be close), then I might use them more often. But I find with speed paints that they still have limited uses in the way I work.

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    • davekay
      September 25, 2022

      Yes, I think the usefulness of these techniques is dependent on what you want to do as a hobbyist

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