Two of the most important techniques to learn as a beginning painter or aspiring speed painter are drybrushing and washing. Today we'll look at how it applies to very textured bases. In this case, they are skull bases from Secret Weapon Miniatures.
Drybrushing involves loading a brush with paint, removing most of it with a paper towel, and then raking it across the model, catching only the raised portions with pigment.
Washing uses watered down paint (the wash) that is applied liberally to the model where it will seek the deep recesses of the model and also provide a general tint to the other surfaces.
There are a million tutorials on the web about both techniques, so I will skip the particulars, but here is a 5 step process using drybrushing and washes to quickly knock out some skull bases.
STEP 1: Prep and Prime
STEP 2: First Drybrush
STEP 3: First Wash
STEP 4: Second Drybrush
STEP 5: Second Wash
And that's it! This works really well on Tyranids, CSMs, Vehicles with some damage, boards, and buildings. It doesn't work quite as well on things with smooth flat panels.
How do you use these two essential techniques? Did I miss any hints for new painters?