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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.