- Keep a simple, restricted pallet. My normal pallet of colors per color scheme will be 4-5 colors, not including washes.
- Keep multiple water jugs handy. I use 3 - one for dark colors, one for light colors, and one for metallics.
- Use multiple brushes - Again, same as above. 1 set for dark, light and metallics.
- Accelerate drying times - invest in a little high velocity fan. After each base coat or wash, position the fan about 8 inches from drying models and then flip it on. Speeds up paint drying times by about 50%.
- Get and use a tank brush or equivalent - GW stopped making them, but there are regular art store brushes that are the equivalents. This one here is a favorite of mine. Its a flat, making painting large areas easy and smooth, and with the narrowness, makes it easy to base coat rank and file.
- Know your paints! - Know which washes shade what colors and what colors highlight them. By grouping these colors together, you can base 2-4 colors and then wash them all at once.
- Heavy pigment - Heavy pigment paints are best, and allow for cleaner coverage. P3 makes a really nice range of paints and they are heavy pigment, just steer clear of their metallics unless you like really heavy flake.
- Always prepare a test model. - Always assemble an extra model or two just to get a feel for the paint scheme to make sure it is looking the way you want it to.
Speed Painting 101
Here are just a few of my hints for being an effective speed painter.