No they are not messed up or a botched prime job, you see this was done on purpose. I will be dipping this army with MinWax Polyshade Tudor, which is what I dip everything with. But in my years of painting & dipping I have found that I can control how dark a figure will look if I dry brush an off white color before painting. This makes the base colors stand out more once you apply the dip.
So here is the color that I use, Delta Ceramcoat Sandstone, which is a off white sort of color. This will come as no surprise to most people that know me, because Delta Ceramcoat Mudstone & Sandstone are my favorite colors to use, almost like someone else's use of Americana Honey Brown...Rob!
So what I do is apply a liberal dry brush of this color all over the figure. Once again when I apply the base colors they will stand out more over the white as opposed to the black which will be more muted.
All of the figures have been dry brushed and are ready for the next step which is base color painting, or as my buddies like to say, painting by numbers. Should have another update ready Wednesday.