So this is something completely different from the last things I posted. My son is into Warhammer 40000. He came home for the easter holidays and brought a Leman Russ tank home. He wanted me to apply a coat of matt varnish to protect it. He has no airbrush so he always comes back home for this. I think it is quite nice what he did to the model.
A few month back Empress miniatures released a 6 figure USMC Recon pack. I just started painting these. I thought it might be difficult to paint the camouflage uniform, but i think i found a way to paint it quite easily and quickly. It took me about 1 hour to finish this miniature.
The Marine is armed with an M16 and a sawn of shotgun.
I painted the uniform like I do all my marines. You can see the stages here.
After that I used Vallejo sky grey again to ad the camp stripes:
Then I added dark brown ( Snakebite leather ) and bright green ( Warp lightning) on the sky grey patches.
The rest was done as in above mentioned link described. Now just the the missing 5 figures to do.
Today I will show you how I paint my US Marines with, mainly, GW Contrast colors. As I have to stay at home this week , because of Corona, I had the time to take a picture after each step.
A base coat of Sky grey.
Paint the trousers, shirt helmet cover and all bags water bottles etc Militarium green. This was thinned like all the contrast colors 50/50 with contrast medium. The trousers and shirt and helmet cover got to layers the rest only on. As you can see that gives a subtle different shade.
To paint the flack jacket I use a mixture of 5 drops Sepia shade + 1 drop of Creed camo.
Re base coat everything not jet painted and base coat the camo spots on the helmet cover in Sky Grey.
Paint the boots in Cigar brown.
Paint ca 50% of the camo spots on the Helmet cover with Nazdreg yellow, this time without thinning.
Paint the rest of the spots in Warp lightning again without thinning.
Paint the metal parts of the M16 in Silver.
Paint the plastic parts of the gun in Black.
Here I used paints from the Instar Alpha range . They can be used like the Contrast paints by GW but they are cheaper and give the same effect! Thinned down with their medium , called Water+, 50/50. Paint over the metal parts of the gun.
I painted the base in the color I use for my terrain building.
Paint the stones in grey.
Drybrush the base with Sand.
Now the figure gets a coat of matt varnish , I do this with my airbrush. Afterwards flocking and voila you get this:
I hope you liked my run trough my painting technique !
Today I will show something completely different. I finished the first miniature of the other side of the Vietnam war . Here is the first NVA Soldier. An Empress miniatures figure sculpted by Paul Hicks. I did a head swap as when I purchased the figures there were only 2 different packs available but since then the range has grown considerably and is still doing so. I painted the figure with Contrast colors by GW.
There will be many more following this one!
Here is the next Grunt for my growing Vietnam war collection.
This time it is a figure by Gringo 40 miniatures. An afro-american ( hope that is the political correct designation) GI. These are wonderfull sculpts and are only slightly bigger then the Empress miniatures . They get along quite well so that I will mix both ranges in my american force.
Painted again with Contrast paint from games workshop.
I got my plastic rainforest vegetation in the post yesterday so will start on some scatter scenery shortly.
Both wonderful 28mm sculpts. You can use both ranges together. the Gringo 40 ones are a tat larger so I cut the metal base of . Then they fit quite good.
Now to the test. I not only got those new miniatures but also a few of the new Games Workshop Contrast colours.
I wanted to test these on one of my new miniatures. The contrast colors are not really colours in the pure sense they are more like a heavy wash. A bit like the vallejo washes. The difference is that you get more shades. They seem to have more pigments then the washes i am used to. So what I did I used vallejo sky grey as a base coat and applied the washes as they are without thinning them .
Here I painted one of the green contrast paints on. The photo is taken right after application of the color so still a bit wet.
Added a skin tone ( Gulliman flesh) quite dark. This is only one coat. Next time I would thin it down a bit. By the way you shouldn’t use water for thinning these contrast colours. There is a medium to thin them available at Games workshop too. I haven’t tried the wash medium i normally use to do my washes with on these colors.
The flack vest done in another green. As you can see after drying completely they are still a bit shiny. I will do the pouches etc in jet another green and at in the details with vallejo colors in the next days.
I will show the finished miniature then.
Don’t fear my Cruel seas friends there will be more ships in the future , too!
Here is another Ork I painted in the last days . Sorry for the blurry pictures ( have a problem with the camera at the moment)
More to come with hopefully better pictures