Monday, 8 December 2014

LoA 10s #1 - French Infantry Airbrushing

It's been an exciting day today, This morning(with the money I made on my recent hobby clear-out) I ordered a new airbrush and compressor which should hopefully be with me before the end of the week. Im hoping this will help to improve the quality of my work.

Also exciting are the results I've had airbrushing the French infantry. Normally(for this level of painting) I would airbrush the minis with a shade colour then drybrush with a highlight(as I did with the Bavarians). with the French I have applied both the base and highlight with the airbrush. I used a black undercoat, then applied the base colour at a 45 degree angle, this left some black shading underneath the minis. Next I applied the highlight from a 33 degree angle, this left the black untouched, and some of the basecoat showing and all the upper surfaces highlighted. Its a technique I've used often on larger pieces and Im pleased to see it working well with these 10mm minis.

The French mainly wore a white coat in this period, the definition of white varied with many shades; I have therefore completed white in blue/white, light grey and cream. We also have a mid blue coated regiment in the mix. I mixed these various colours amongst the regiments to try and ensure no two are the same(once cooler/cuffs etc. are painted).

Once I have added a glass varnish coat to protect the airbrush work, I will start on the brushwork.

Here's a copy of the painting guide I plan to use on the minis, followed by some initial pics:

Clean the miniatures, attach to temporary bases
Superglue any pikes to hands & feet
Apply an undercoat to the minis with the airbrush using a 1:1 mix of Black Surface Primer(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush from a 45 degree angle the white coated minis with a 1:1 mix of Steel Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush from a 45 degree angle the grey coated minis with a 1:1 mix of Cold Grey(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush from a 45 degree angle the cream coated minis with a 1:1 mix of German Camo. Beige(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush from a 45 degree angle the mid blue coated minis with a 1:1 mix of Dark Prussian Blue(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the white coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of White(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the grey coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of Light Grey(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the cream coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of Off White(VGC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush highlights from a 33 degree angle on the mid blue coated minis, using a 1:1 mix of Ultramarine(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Apply a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Paint the muskets (including stand), 12 apostles, flagpoles, pikes, drumsticks & spears with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Sienna(VGC)
Paint the facing/clothing colours:(this is a table in my original guide, I will update the colours as I use them)
Paint the skin, hair, gloves, cartridge pouch, belts, drum skins, highlight the flagpoles, pikes, drumsticks, muskets& spears with a slightly thinned coat of Heavy Brown(VGC)
Highlight the gloves, cartridge pouch and belts with a slightly thinned coat of Buff(VMC)
Highlight the skin with a slightly thinned coat of Flat Flesh(VMC)
Highlight the hair with an unthinned coat of Bonewhite(VGC)
Highlight the 12 apostles with an unthinned overbrush of Zandri Dust(C)
Paint the black areas (cuffs, hat, scabbard(inc. hilt), boots, gun barrels, sword blades & spear/pike tips), blackline the cuffs/lace with a coat of Black
Highlight the black areas with a coat of Dark Grey(VMC)
Re-paint the gun barrels, sword blades, spear tips and any silver lace/gorgets with a coat of Chainmail Silver(VGC)
Re-paint the sword hilts, scabbard tips and any gold lace/gorgets with a coat of Glorious Gold(VGC)
Blackline with a 1:1 mix of Black Paint:Ink
Highlight the white lace with White
Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of Matt Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)







As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

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