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Prepping for GR’s Iron Painter

Gamersaurus Rex has been holding Iron Painter in Singapore for a few years, and on 12th to 13th May, it will be the first time I’m going to be participating. Honestly, it’s because of how casual and friendly they’ve made it.

Yes, Iron Painter means that you have to paint 1 HQ, 1 troops, and 1 other thing (be it a unit or monstrous creature), but they give you many options in which to do it. You can paint 40k or AOS models too. GR will be open for 24 hours (!!!), from 2pm on 12th to 2pm on the 13th, so you can definitely head down. Or you can do it in the comfort of your own home. Just make sure you send in regular updates.

After you finish painting your models, bring them down (deadline is 3pm on the 13th) to GR for judging and voting. And that’s it!

While you can’t paint your models until the 2pm-2pm window, thankfully GR has allowed us to prep and prime the models first. Personally, priming always takes a long time for me (since I like to prime in batches and I always get problems with my airbrush). And I’m planning on certain ways to try to cut my time down.

Firstly, I’m gonna do a zenithal airbrush of white to help with the highlights. If I keep my basecoats thing enough, this should also save some time from having to work on the highlights and shadows too much.

Unfortunately, I’m using this as an excuse to clear out some of my painting backlog, so this means I’m doing Orks. Orks usually are made out of a mishmash of colours, so I can’t just do a 100% airbrush of one colour, put in the details and call it a day (I’m looking at you Space Marines and Sigmarines). However, I am trying to keep my list as manageable as possible:

10 grots (the handler is technically a character unit now!)

3 Bikes and

1 Warboss on a bike.

14 units isn’t a lot, but it isn’t super simple either. Thankfully, I kept my Orks in subassemblies, so I’ll be able to airbrush SOME of the pieces separately. Still, I think I’ll have to paint most of the models by hand. For example, I don’t think airbrushing grots make sense at all. (Also I don’t like airbrushing metals. They always clog and I don’t want to risk wasting time cleaning my airbrush.) Frankly, I need all the help I can get. After all, I’m planning to spend some of that 24 hours sleeping. 

And that’s how I’m going to be spending this weekend. If you have some time to burn, why don’t you head down to Gamersaurus Rex this Sunday at 3pm? Or even better, why not sign up for Iron Painter?


Singapore’s resident Press Ganger, that is, the man to go to for Privateer Press’ WARMACHINE, and HORDES. Kakita also dabbles in Games Workshop’s WARHAMMER FANTASY and WARHAMMER 40K lines.

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