Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers.
Peter Cushing

Sunday 5 October 2014

Paint Table Sunday.

Paint table Sunday. It's a thing.

Just leave it, OK?

My wonderful other half kidnapped the children this morning so I got a chance to paint in daylight which is always handy when doing skin tones (I've got no odea where my daylight lamp went in the move).

I went with fairly dark skin, operating on the assumption that the chaps have been out in the noonday sun with the mad dogs for a while. As I mentioned in the comments, the faces are by far and away the best part of these sculpts, being even stronger on the plastics than on the metal officer.

So, basic shading (good old washes) and then highlights. A final shade where required. I got to practice some wet blending on the backof the uniform coats before I attempted the faces. Again, all done with a limited palette of a red, a white, a blue and a black  with Bone to mix in for highlights.

Quite happy with the faces but the brushwork is still a little sloppy in places so I'll have to do some touch ups here and there. The blending on a couple of the highlights is still too harsh but that was the first couple of ones I'd tried it on.

Here they in a suitably cinematic ratio atop the hill:

Annoyingly, there's a whopping great mold line I missed on the sergeant's arm that I only saw in hard sunlight.

And here that are a little closer so we can all the little imperfections.

No time tonight - must finish resources for tomorrow! - and unlikely to do anything on Monday; but moving on to landscaping and terrain this week with the target of having the whole thing wrapped up by the weekend ready for the next one.

I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who's viewed and commented so far - it makes it a lot easier to keep up the momentum.


  1. Looks great!

    (photos have a way of highlighting things like that missed mold line, don't they? I often find things like that after I take and post photos; by then though I don't like to mess things up by trying to fix the mold line. hard to get the paint work to match up again, it seems)

    1. Aye, I don't think I'm going to go back and fix it; like you say, after four layers of colour it'll never look the same.

      Thank you for the kind words and thank you for stopping by!

  2. Now they look the business, great job Herbert and the undercoated terrain has taken on a wonderful other wordless.

    1. I am tempted to paint it in the full on At The Earth's Core garishness but I'll probably stick with the planned palette :)

  3. Really nice paintwork on the group and a nice blog too.