Friday, 31 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 8.5

I finally got that wash and a few other bits completed, their looking great(IMHO)
  1. Clean-up the uniform with a coat of German Camo Beige(VMC)
  2. Airbrush the mini with a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  3. Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of Agrax Earthshade(C):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  4. Highlight the skin with a coat of Flat Flesh(VMC)
  5. Highlight any light wood(crates) with a slightly thinned coat of Green Ochre(VMC)
Pics:




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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 7.5

Sadly I only had half a day at work today, so I didn't get to the point I was hoping to achieve(Washing). But I only fell short by one stage, so I'm happy with that considering the investment of time.
  1. Paint any gloves with a coat of Zandri Dust(C)
  2. Paint the metal parts with a thinned coat of Heavy Charcoal(VGC)
  3. Dampbrush any ammo belts (previously painted Heavy Charcoal) with a coat of Brassy Brass(VGC)
  4. Paint the whole base including the rim with a thinned coat of Flat Earth(VMC)
  5. Apply Agrellan Earth(C) around any tires/chassis
Pics:




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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 7

Another busy day today, lots done.

  1. Paint the webbing, backpacks, ammo pouches & entrenching tools/canteen covers with a coat of Deck Tan(VMC)
  2. Paint any first aid packs with a coat of Heavy Grey(VGC)
  3. Paint the helmet camo cloth & any Musette bags/light wood(crates) with a coat of Green Ochre(VMC)
  4. Paint the elbow/knee patches with a coat of Reflective Green(VMC)
  5. Paint knife covers with a coat of Rakarth Flesh(C)
Pics:




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Monday, 27 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 6

Busy, busy, busy. Yes I've started work on the second half of the US Airborne. Ive decided to paint all this half the same as the first (as seen on the Warlord Games website), this means that its much easier to complete them as one group.
Today consisted of all the undercoating and some of the base coating:
  1. Apply an undercoat with the airbrush using a 1:1:1 mix of White:Black Surface Primer(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  2. Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of German Camo Beige(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  3. Paint the skin with a coat of Heavy Skintone(VGC)
  4. Paint the helmets, dark green equipment (grenades, MP/BAR pouches & medic’s webbing) with a coat of US Dark Green(VMC)
  5. Paint the wood (rifle, handles), chin strap, boots & any holsters with a thinned coat of Heavy Sienna(VGC)
Here are a few pics:




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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 5

It's been a full-on day today and I started late, so finished late. On the the bright side the first US Airborne group are completed and IMHO look fantastic. The finish is good, the decals look great and the brownlining worked out really well.
Today I:
  1. Brownline(thinned 1:1 mix of Agrax Earthshade(C):Smokey Ink(VGC) were needed
  2. Repaint the rim of the base with a thinned coat of Flat Earth(VMC)
  3. Apply decals
  4. Apply flock to the bases
  5. Airbrush the mini with a 1:1 mix of Matt Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  6. Re-apply Matt Varnish(V) to the decals with a brush
I have a busy day out of work tomorrow, so I will continue work no the next group of US Airborne on Friday.

Here are some pics:



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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 4

Today worked out a little differently then planed, which meant I had almost a full day of painting. As a result these minis are just about completed. Heres what been completed today:
  1. Highlight the helmets, dark green equipment (grenades, MP/BAR pouches) with a coat of Brown Violet(VMC)
  2. Highlight any camo netting (helmet) with a coat of Pastel Green(VMC)
  3. Highlight any first aid packs with a coat of Heavy Grey(VGC)
  4. Highlight the wood (rifle, handles), chin strap & boots with a thinned coat of Dark Fleshtone(VGC)
  5. Highlight the helmet camo cloth & any Musette bags with a coat of Green Ochre(VMC)
  6. Highlight the elbow/knee patches with a coat of Reflective Green(VMC)
  7. Highlight knife covers with a coat of Rakarth Flesh(C)
  8. Highlight the boot laces, any gloves & dampbrush the tops of the bases with a coat of Zandri Dust(C)
  9. Highlight the metal parts with a thinned coat of Neutral Grey(VMC)
  10. Dampbrush any ammo belts with a coat of Glorious Gold(VGC)
  11. Add battle damage with a sponge (were appropriate) using unthinned Boltgun Metal(C)
I stopped here as it was near the end of the day and I have a decision to make(with the minis' owner). That being, to blackline, brownline or neither. Blacklining is how I completed the test mini, which at the time looked good. Over time I've began to think that the black is too harsh for these minis. In the week I heard about a process which I'll name Brownlining. It uses a mix of dark brown paint and ink to create a less harsh solution for shading. I have a sample below in the pics(last two) of the Brownlining next to the Blacklined mini(Brownlined is on the left as you look at them). All being well I'll get a decision tonight and complete these tomorrow. Then I can start some more.

Pics:





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Monday, 20 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 3

I got another half day in on these US Airborne, achieved a lot, including the following:
  1. Highlight the skin with a coat of Flat Flesh(VMC)
  2. Highlight the uniform with a coat of German Camo Beige(VMC)
  3. Highlight the webbing, backpacks, ammo pouches & entrenching tools/canteen covers with a coat of Deck Tan(VMC)
This makes up the largest part of the highlighting, so I feel like I've 'broken the back' of this part of the project. I know I won't have a full day on these tomorrow, but should be close to completing.

Pics:



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Friday, 17 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 2.5

Only had half a day on these today, but achieved what I hoped; which was to complete the wash stage so that I could start fresh next week on the highlighting. So most my time has been spent cleaning-up the minis especially around the webbing. Next I applied a gloss varnish with the airbrush, followed by the Agrax Earthshade wash on the whole mini.
Ive reverted back to the white backdrop for the pics and added an additional lamp to the front of the shot. I'm happy with the results which are brighter/clearer and the colours are more true.

Pics:





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Thursday, 16 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 2

Busy day today with these US Airborne. My aim for the day was to get them unto the paint of washing, which I'm one stage off, but still happy with today's results.

Today's work:
  1. Paint the wood (rifle, handles), chin strap, boots & any holsters with a thinned coat of Heavy Sienna(VGC)
  2. Paint the webbing, backpacks, ammo pouches & entrenching tools/canteen covers with a coat of Deck Tan(VMC)
  3. Paint any first aid packs with a coat of Heavy Grey(VGC)
  4. Paint the helmet camo cloth & any Musette bags with a coat of Green Ochre(VMC)
  5. Paint the elbow/knee patches with a coat of Reflective Green(VMC)
  6. Paint knife covers with a coat of Rakarth Flesh(C)
  7. Paint any gloves with a coat of Zandri Dust(C)
  8. Paint the metal parts with a thinned coat of Heavy Charcoal(VGC)
  9. Dampbrush any ammo belts (previously painted Heavy Charcoal) with a coat of Brassy Brass(VGC)
  10. Paint the whole base including the rim with a thinned coat of Flat Earth(VMC)
This means that my next stage is to clean-up the base colours, especially the uniform before adding the wash, then starting on the highlights.

Here are a few pics, using a blue background; for a change, I will probably go back to white, as the colour balance is better:




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Monday, 13 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Day 1

I started work on the BA US Airborne today. I have split the force into three parts, this will make the work more manageable, also one of the parts (the artillery & Jeeps) will be painted differently to the main force. Today I'm starting on 19 Paratroopers plus two MMG teams and a Mortar team (9 additional Paras).
I have made a few minor changes to the painted guide (seen on my previous post), most of these are to include specifics like Musette bags, pistol holsters etc.
Heres what Ive done today:
  1. Apply an undercoat with the airbrush using a 1:1:1 mix of White:Black Surface Primer(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  2. Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of German Camo Beige(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  3. Paint the skin with a coat of Heavy Skintone(VGC)
  4. Paint the webbing, backpacks, ammo pouches & entrenching tools/canteen covers with a coat of Deck Tan(VMC)
  5. Paint the helmets, dark green equipment (grenades, MP/BAR pouches) with a coat of US Dark Green(VMC)
Pics:



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Friday, 10 October 2014

BA US Airborne #1 Prep

Last night a fellow wargames club member and now new customer brought me a box full of Bolt action minis (US Airborne & Germans). This commission will take on the US Airborne army which consists of:

30 Infantry/Paratroopers
2 Bazooka teams
3 MMG teams
1 3man Command Group
1 Forward Observer
1 Medic
1 Howitzer team
1 Anti Tank team
2 Jeeps

Today I've been working on the painting guide (these will be painted to my Elite level). After some time researching the uniforms of the US Airborne during WWII, the various painting guides online and talking to my customer I came up with the following (there will be some variation for non-paratroop minis):

  • Clean and wash mouldings
  • Assemble the minis, attaching to 2p bases
  • Attach sand to bases with PVA
  • Apply an undercoat with the airbrush using a 1:1:1 mix of White:Black Surface Primer(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  • Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of German Camo Beige(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  • Paint the skin with a coat of Heavy Skintone(VGC)
  • Paint the webbing, backpacks, ammo pouches & entrenching tools/canteen covers with a coat of Deck Tan(VMC)
  • Paint the helmets, dark green equipment (holster MP/BAR pouches) with a coat of US Dark Green(VMC)
  • Paint the wood (rifle, handles), chin strap & boots with a thinned coat of Heavy Sienna(VGC)
  • Paint the helmet camo cloth with a coat of Green Ochre(VMC)
  • Paint the elbow/knee patches with a coat of Reflective Green(VMC)
  • Paint knife covers with a coat of Rakarth Flesh(C)
  • Paint any gloves with a coat of Zandri Dust(C)
  • Paint the metal parts with a thinned coat of Heavy Charcoal(VGC)
  • Paint the whole base including the rim with a thinned coat of Flat Earth(VMC)
  • Clean-up the uniform with a coat of German Camo Beige(VMC)



  • Airbrush the mini with a 1:1 mix of Gloss Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
  • Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of Agrax Earthshade(C):Airbrush Thinner(V)



  • Highlight the skin with a coat of Flat Flesh(VMC)
  • Highlight the uniform with a coat of German Camo Beige(VMC)
  • Highlight the webbing, backpacks, ammo pouches & entrenching tools/canteen covers with a coat of Deck Tan(VMC)
  • Highlight the helmets, dark green equipment (holster MP/BAR pouches) with a coat of Brown Violet(VMC)
  • Highlight any camo netting (helmet) with a coat of Pastel Green(VMC)
  • Highlight the wood (rifle, handles), chin strap & boots with a thinned coat of Dark Fleshtone(VGC)
  • Highlight the helmet camo cloth with a coat of Green Ochre(VMC)
  • Highlight the elbow/knee patches with a coat of Reflective Green(VMC)
  • Highlight knife covers with a coat of Rakarth Flesh(C)
  • Highlight the boot laces, any gloves & dampbrush the tops of the bases with a coat of Zandri Dust(C)
  • Highlight the metal parts with a thinned coat of Neutral Grey(VMC)
  • Add battle damage with a sponge (were appropriate) using unthinned Boltgun Metal(C)
  • Blackline were needed
  • Repaint the rim of the base with a thinned coat of Flat Earth(VMC)
  • Airbrush the mini with a 1:1 mix of Matt Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)



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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

French Napoleonic 18s #6 Day 7

Fin; Yes the French are completed! It went to the eleventh hour, but I was determined to finish today. Ive really enjoyed working on these cavalry and the Napoleonics generally. There is a great sense of satisfaction gained from recreating a paint scheme matching that used historically, something that can't be matched by fantasy armies. I hope to work on many Napoleonic armies in future, I may even get a chance to expand on this one?

Here's what completed today's work:
  1. Highlight the steal areas with a coat of Chainmail Silver(VGC)
  2. Re-highlight the steal areas with a coat of Silver(VGC)
  3. Highlight the brass areas with a coat of Brassy Brass(VGC)
  4. Re-highlight the brass areas with a coat of Glorious Gold(VGC)
  5. Highlight the flesh areas with a coat of Medium Fleshtone(VMC)
  6. Re-highlight the flesh areas with a coat of Flat Flesh(VMC)
  7. Highlight the hair & breeches with a coat of Rakarth Flesh(C)
  8. Paint all the white horse cloth edging, straps, sheepskins(not Trumpeters), knee covers, gloves & officers’ epaulets with a coat of Heavy Bluegrey(VGC)
  9. Highlight all the white areas with a coat of Dead White(VGC)
  10. Re-highlight the grey horses & breeches (clean-up the white areas) with a coat of Dead White(VGC)
  11. Blackline where needed with a coat of Black
  12. Airbrush the whole mini with a 1:1 mix of Matt Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
And the finished pics:













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