Freehand painting is when you paint a design or picture on a flat surface on a model. Usually you can rely on the 3-dimensional detail of the model to help you paint on shading and highlights. However, most banners, cloaks and shields have big flat surfaces that are ideal for some neat designs. You often see things like scripting, greek keys, or magical arcane runes!.
In this tutorial, I’m going to cover how I painted a dragon on the bare surface of a High Elf shield.
I first went in search of source material. When doing something like this, having a reference handy can be immensely helpful. Luckily for me, the GW website has a set of shields you can buy for your Lothern Sea Guard. Those would be a great idea, however, I really wanted to try my hand at freehand painting, and this gave me a great way to show you how simple this can be.
First, here’s my source material: