Progress is going so slow on my Wrath of Kings Teknes faction. I am now dissatisfied with my old approach to batch-painting, and I'm experimenting with different approaches. My old approach makes liberal use of washes, and while I always enjoy applying washes, I'm becoming unhappy with the results.
Since I usually concoct my own wash mixes, results can vary, depending on proportions, paint manufacturer, paint age, etc. Results can vary depending on the material and texture of the miniature, too. I can probably achieve more consistent results by relying more on commercial washes, but I have a nagging reluctance to over-rely on them, since I taught myself how to make home-brew washes long before the market became glutted with commercial ones, and I have some attachment to my self-taught skill.
In any case, the hair on these Linemen ladies (Linewomen?) in the front row initially came out too grungy with only a wash, and I had to go back and paint individual strands. Not a good way to batch-paint!
Add to that hair-painting exercise, experimenting with painting faces and eyes, trying to correct a masculine-sculpted face, and I'm seeing this project really beginning to stall!
I also experimented with different approaches to paint the copper piping. On the ladies and the middle guys, I used fully opaque colors, starting from darks and working all the way to highlights, a standard and basic technique that I almost never use (and really should). On the front gents, I painted high- to mid-tones and then washed down. At this scale, for that particular texture and detail, the opaque approach is much sharper and much more to my liking.
I really need to incorporate the shade-to-highlight sequence more into my habit.
I have a goal to force me to finish this faction. There's an upcoming, single-day Wrath of Kings event in Chattanooga that I'm thinking of going to. So that should force my hand to wrap this project!