Black Primer, Quickshade Dip, GW Contrast Paint: A 28mm Napoleonic Comparison

I had 3 leftover French fusiliers in overcoat from a goodies bag. I decided to test 3 different painting methods.

For my experiment I kept it simple, not with the many washes as advised here. I primed one of the chaps black. The second grey. The 3rd Corax White.

Next step was blockpainting them. Quick & dirty. Nothing special. Very unspecial, actually.

  • I blockpainted the black figure and applied Army Painter Strong Tone Wash. Standard acrylic wash.
  • I blockpainted the grey figure and brushed Quickshade Dark Tone all over. The dipping varnish, in the can. Not the wash.
  • I Contrast Painted the coat from the white figure, blockpainted the shoes, backpack, face and shako and carefully painted some wash on the non-contrast-painted areas.

The black primed figure has indeed deeper shadows than the grey or white figures. The acrylic wash is sticky. The black separation lines (between trousers and coat, or between cuff and sleeve, appear a little bit wider. Good contrast.

The grey primed figure came out less outspoken, a bit flatter than than Donny Darko. I had expected him to finish as the darkest of the three. Apparently the primer affected the overall look more than the wash/varnish. Nice result.

The Contrast Painted miniature had very bright colours, almost a watercolour painting. I painted the coat a second time to get a smoother, a more even effect.

In the end it’s all a matter of taste. Mr Bright is too ‘circus’ for me, but I could live with the result. Wash & dip give similar results.

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