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Schild & Vriend

'Schild en Vriend' is an old Flemish battlecry, used in the rebellion of the city of Brugge against the French, May 18, 1302. Legend tells that it was used to differentiate between the French-speaking (who could not pronounce 'schild') and Flemish-speaking citizens. Nowadays, historians tell us that it was probably 'Des Gilden Vriend'.


This section gives some explanation about what we call 'speedpainting'. Of course, the term 'speed' is highly subjective. The aim of speedpainting is to paint your figures in such a way that they still look attractive on the gaming table from a player's point of view, without putting in too much work.

Contrary to what some people may think, speedpainting is no substitute for bad paint jobs, or not being able to paint. You still have to be familiar with some basic techniques such as priming, drybrushing and shading. If your figures look like crap when you give them the 'full treatment', they probably will also look like crap when they are speedpainted.

When to use speedpainting:

When not to use speedpainting: Figures suited to be speed-painted: Figures where speed-painting works not very well: Skills necessary for speedpainting:

How to do it?

Okay, let's look at some observations when we look at figures on the gaming table from some distance: So, how to start painting? In a nutshell:

Speedpainted figures
Above: A set of five Vietnam US infantry figures painted using these techniques. Knowing Phil's painting speed, it probably took him considerably less long to paint these figures than to write this page.

Concluding remarks

Okay, so now you should have some idea of how to speedpaint your figures. However, be aware that none of your figures will win a painting competition, but are extremely well suited for playing wargames where no one will take a close look at your figures anyway!

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This page was written by Phil Dutré and is maintained by Bart Vetters
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