I managed to try out the new inks from The Army Painter this evening in between dealing with firefighting for work & feeding some starving children. The figs are still drying but for now I am impressed. We’ll see what they look like when fully dry but I can see myself going through large amounts of Soft Tone & Dark Tone ink for my figures.
In an attempt to speed up my painting I’ve been moving towards doing a more basic block painting combined with washes and selected highlights, and I think the new AP inks will fit into this scheme very well. After getting the basic color blocked in I gave my figures a coat of Future to try and reduce the amount of ‘tooth’ in the paint. After the Future finish dried I hit them with the AP inks and they seem to have flowed nicely into the cracks.
I did some experimenting with the tones and at this point here’s what I think:
- Dark Tone will be my goto for silver metals, blues, greens, greys, among other dark-ish colors. The black works well to shade a lot of colors without overpowering them. I will also use them for white belts & straps to give it more of a pipe-clay look.
- Strong Tone will be used for yellow metals and browns.
- Light Tone will be used for flesh (Caucasian at least) along with off-white and other lighter brown-ish tones.
For my Russian Musketeers I worked on tonight, most got the Light Tone for their trousers & flesh and dark tone for everything else.
I’ll post a follow-up once things dry totally. Thanks to Der Feldmarchall again for the tip.