Painting Ylthari’s Guardians with Contrast Paints

Hey Folks! Thought I’d take a stab at this ‘Painting Revolution’ of Contrast paints and give them a go. Now, I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not the best painter. I can do tabletop standard fine and go through the Base – Shade – Layer – Highlight steps but that is where my enthusiasm for painting ends.

Typically I’ll spend around an hour or two per model. For example my Dreadfane Warband, Ironsoul’s Sequitors, has taken probably seven hours so far as I’ve been putting more care into them and using the ‘standard’ way of painting.

I’ve been watching these Contrast Paints from the sidelines and have been keen to try them out. So I popped down to my Local Gaming Store and grabbed a can of Wraithbone, Gryph-Charger Grey and Cygor Brown with the intent of getting Ylthari’s Guardians painted in as short a time as possible. I’d like to have got some Wyldwood but they were sold out!

Step One: Wraithbone Basecoat (2mins)

So I prepared Ylthari’s Guardians and took them out to be blasted with the rattlecan, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to cover the models with the new paint! I’ll be using Gallaghan as my test subject in this little experiment.

Step Two: Cygor Brown Layer (17mins)

The paint went on easily and I was able to get good coverage in a short space of time. I took the picture a little too prematurely as when left for longer to dry the brown DID begin to look more highlighted. I was a little nervous for the next paint as it was a new colour and I wanted to use Aethermatic Blue but it was out of stock! They hype for this paint is real!!

Step Three: Gryph-Charger Grey (7mins)

Wow. This stuff went on quickly and easily. I am massively impressed by these lighter colours. When they have dried full they look absolutely stunning and Contrast paints for doing these ethereal style models will become common place at tournaments!

Step 4: The Base (15mins)

For the final step to make this miniature ‘Battle Ready’ I painted the base in the traditional way. Base – Shade – Drybrush. I’ll go back in and ensure the base gets the TLC it deserves as it looks unfinished to my eyes. But all in all I’m pretty chuffed with the time taken on this.

Total Time: 41~ minutes

Have you pre-ordered the Contrast colours? Let me know in the comments which project you’ll be using Contrast in.

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