Hey everybody! Adam, from TFG Radio, back again this week to explain why people are wrong and I’m right, no matter what the facts say. Let’s talk painting minimums.
As many of you know, I’ve been playing in tournaments for almost twenty years now. In those early days, Games Workshop basically dictated how the Rogue trader Tournaments were to be run, no matter the game system. Their rule packet was very detailed on how to build your army, and how to paint your army. When Games Workshop dropped out of the tournament scene, a lot of those aspects fell by the wayside. Larger attendance to 40K tournaments recently, due to 8th edition, has cause many, if not all, competitive events to institute a 3 color minimum. Frontline Gamimg has a 3 color minimum, however they count wash as a color.
As I mentioned, I’m a bit old school. I spent many countless nights getting my army to a proper 3 color minimum for a tournament the next day. I have had this discussion with people before. I do not believe that a wash should count as a color. As a judge for the Las Vegas Open, I have had to closely inspect a lot of armies over the years. There are a lot of times where it is difficult to tell if there is a wash on the model or not. Now someone can put on enough wash so you can clearly see it, but then it may as well be paint. In the time you add the washes to your army, you could have added a third color. I am not saying that you just put a dot of color on the model, mainly because that wouldn’t count. You only need to paint that pouch, belt, flesh, or any other small part of a model to make that third color. It’s really not that much effort to add a real color to your models, yes even for a horde army.
I know life happens and there are times we don’t have enough time to finish our armies. Not all of us(me) don’t have the extra income to hire someone to paint an army for us. There are, however, many shortcuts to getting your army to a proper 3 color minimum. You could try batch painting, if there are a lot of models in your army. If you happen to have an air brush, you could easily base coat your army, at a minimum. There are even a line of base color spray cans you can use to both base coat and prime your models. If you space marines, you can easily get 2 or more colors on your models if you are able to paint them on the sprue. Space Marines are a good candidate for this. So there are tools out there to help you get those 3 proper colors on, because I am warning you now that I will try to make it so that wash will not count as a color (don’t tell Reece).
~ Let me know your thoughts, and if you have any tips or tricks to paint your army quicker, in the comments section.
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