I have been asked to make a tutorial on how I paint my US figures. And here it is…
1. I glue the figures to their bases using super glue, a mix of gravel and sand is added. When dried I paint the bases using Citadels Foundation. The color is “Khemri Brown”. This is then drybrushed with Vallejo Iraqi Sand 124.
2. Then I paint the figures with a base layer, again using a Citadel Foundation color, this time I use “Rakarth Flesh” and cover all of the figure.
3. For details I add the following colors:
- Black for metal parts.
- Vallejo Flat Earth 143 for trousers and rifles.
- For helmets I use Reflective Green 090.
- Vallejo Buff 120 I use for all the canvas stuff, such as belt, boot covers, canteen and ammo pouches, but some of this equipment could also come in another color, a more Olive Drab kind of shade and for that I use Vallejo Yellow Green 112.
- Vallejo Basic Skincolor 017 for skin.
- Vallejo German Cam Orange Ochre 128 for gun holsters.
The acrylics are painted flat on with no painted shadows or highlights.
4. Now it is time for the wash. I use the Army Painter Quickshade “Strong Tone”. This is often used with the technique called “dipping”, but instead of dipping the whole figure in the varnish I paint it on with a brush.
It is necessary to move the varnish around a bit with the brush to make sure that it looks okay. If some part of the figure don’t get any varnish this part will look apart and much lighter than the rest – so make sure that the whole figure is covered. Remember also to add Army Painter to the bases. It is important not to use too much varnish, if there is a thick layer on top of folds and other highlighted areas it will look wrong. But in the end most of the varnish will by it self seek down in folds and holes and look great, it just need a little help some places.
5. Then leave it to dry. This can take several hours, I usually add the varnish before I go to bed and then in the evening the day after I will be able to paint the rest. The varnish aint very healthy, so make sure not to sleep in the same room as the figures are left to dry.
6. It is time to paint the metal parts. I drybrush this on with a dark metallic color.
7. Now the only thing that is missing is a to make it all matt. I prefer using the Dull Coat from Model Master (the same as Testors), this step is important because the Army Painter Quickshade is a bit glossy.
This is a quick way to get some figures painted but some that still look quite pretty on your gaming table. I hope this can be to any use.
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