I haven't been doing much these past few days other than feverishly trying to finish a recent commission. Coming in at around 30 marines, 5 terminators, a Librarian, a Land Raider Redeemer and 2 Rhinos, it's a sizeable project. Right now, I'm two and a half days into it and I'm a little over half done.
Once I get the whole thing finished, I'll be sure to post more pics but I wanted to pass along a few things I've learned in the short time I've been working on this particular project.
1. Keep your color scheme simple. You can't go wrong this way. The second part of this would be to work out all the kinks and little details before sitting down to paint your whole army. You don't want to change anything mid-stride.
2. Spray priming. Find the good stuff and use it. Huge time saver here.
3. Base coat with opaque paints, highlight and shade with transparent ones. I'll go into this more in the future but opaque paints (ones that cover completely in one coat) are great time savers.
4. Assembly line painting works... if you stick with it. Sure, just painting the metal parts on 30 Marines can be hard to do but it's worth it in the end.
5. Once again, the GW washes are great for adding depth and shading. They are worth picking up and learning how to use if you haven't done so already. They are another time saver. I used 5 of them on the model above.
6. Set aside time to paint/convert/build,etc. No mater what the amount, dedicate that time to the task at hand and nothing else. Don't let distractions keep you from working. Once you get started, seeing your progress will keep you motivated to keep going.