If you're unfamiliar with Privateer Press' Journeyman League, the basic idea is that each player starts week 1 with a faction's starter box, and the point size of the games goes up every week or two. You earn points for playing games, but also for building & painting new units. By the end of the league, you should be pretty close to having a fully-painted, tournament-sized army.
But wait - I need to go from not building & painting at all, to building & painting a couple of new units every week? On top of that, my chosen faction (Protectorate of Menoth) is traditionally mostly white, a notoriously tricky color to paint? I was gonna have to come up with some ideas, quick!
Any thoughts of "competition quality" -painted models quickly went out the window - we're aiming for quick 'n dirty "tabletop" quality here. These models were mostly going to be painted in 30- or 45-minute chunks of time that I managed to carve out of the days I'm on babysitting duty, and are meant more to shake the rust off than push my skills. Washes & drybrushing are the rule here, not the exception - once I have a basic 50-point force finished, maybe I'll take more time on a few "centerpiece" models, but not now.
Here's the technique I came up with:
Every model was primed with Army Painter Matt White Colour Primer. When they were dry, they all received a heavy coat of Army Painter Soft Tone ink (but GW Seraphim Sepia works well, too):
This pretty much leaves the models khaki. (Note: this would be a great, super-quick way to make a khaki army, Imperial Guard players!)
Next, the models receive a heavy drybrush of off-white (I used Reaper MSP Bleached Bone):
Next, the purples were done with Vallejo Model Color Magenta - this is several shades lighter than I want the end result to be:
Next, the purple is heavily washed with Army Painter Purple Tone ink:
The metallics were painted with Vallejo Model Color Brass & Vallejo Model Air Steel:
The brass was washed with Army Painter Soft Tone ink, and the steel with Army Painter Dark Tone ink: