Tonight at my Friendly Local Gaming Store, they had a speed painting competition. You’re given a random infantry model (already primed) and then you have 45 minutes to paint it. I received a fire warrior, and this was both my first Tau model and my first time attempting to really paint quickly (usually I am a very very slow painter).
My takeaways are:
- When time is of the essence, drybrushing is king
- Be careful with your inks and washes, as you can’t afford to stop painting a model to let it dry for a few minutes
- You probably don’t have time to do any blending, so stick to the basics and stay in the lines
- 45 minutes is not a lot of time
My model started with a black undercoat, and I immediately painted the cloth parts a medium-dark brown (Snakebite Leather). I then used the same brown to go over the base. I carefully painted the seams in the armor bits with white, and then drybrushed gray on top of them. I then washed them with (Asurmen?) blue to give them a bluish-gray color. Then I went back and gave the base a little Agrellan Earth technical paint. I only had about 20 minutes left at this point, so I kept it thinner than normal so it could dry in time. I then washed the cloth parts with Gryphonne Sepia. I gave the eye lens things a coat of white, then a layer of bright green, and then some of the blue ink for a little depth in the middle. By now the wash on the cloth parts had dried so I drybrushed Tallarn Sand on top of them, and also used it to weather the armor plates a bit. Finally I went and gave the gun some bright blue on the barrel tips, and washed the grooves with purple. Unfortunately it didn’t look quite like I imagined, and I was out of time before I could alter it. Regardless, it was a fun exercise and I look forward to doing it again! If you have any speed painting tips I’d love to hear them; my normal methods are very slow and methodical.