The first steps of painting a miniature are the most important but unfortunately this is when even veteran painters make big mistakes. Without realizing their folly, painter will assemble their models and grab for GW's Chaos Black Spray Primer. BIG MISTAKE! Why? Well you've just covered your miniature in black and now you'll have to work extra hard to achieve bright colors. And bright colors are what win you Best Painted Awards, trust me. A bright, vibrant army will win out over an equally well-painted dark army any day.
Besides that, you just can't see the detail when its covered in black spray. So what to do? Luckily there is a company out there that produces quality color primers. Army Painter is such a company and its Danish, which is important to me as a fluent Danish-speaker and self-proclaimed Daneophile. Dansk er en smuk sprog og Danmark er bare dejlig!
For my khaki and green color scheme of my Tau army, I start by priming my models in Leather Brown Color Primer. When using a color primer, you want to make sure have good coverage on the model. The best way to achieve this is hit the model in short control sprays from all angles. I use double-sided tape to stick the models to a painter's stick. That way I hold the stick in one hand and spray can in the other.
Once I've primed my models, I paint the base and dry brush it, then I paint any areas I want black. Then I cover the model in a wash of Badab Black. This not only provides shading but it also brings out all the detail so I can see it as I am painting. This method really works well as a guide for painting the model.
Here's another example of the same priming method but a little farther on. Below are my Marauder Horsemen's Steeds of the Steppes (as I call them). You'll notice that the Leather Brown Primer combined with a Badab Black washing has not only brought the detail for me, but it's even done all of my leather straps for me in two easy steps. I can just leave the leather parts of the model as is. It's almost effortless in fact. I can now focus on getting the colors of the horses right without having to really focus on the saddles and so on. I might eventually go back over the straps and saddle but if I'm in a hurry I can just leave the washed primer and I am done.
I hope you're convinced. Chaos Black will only bring chaos to your painting table. A color primer followed up by a Badab Black Wash will only bring order. You'll begin to paint models faster and with better results without a doubt. Army Painter has coincidentally opened their American webstore for all you guys to order online. Don't tell my wife but I just spent about 50 dollars over there getting stuff for upcoming painting projects.