Painting against a deadline focuses the mind on what's needed and what is the most efficient way to achieve it.
On Sunday we are putting on a WW2 participation game using 'Buck' Surdu's excellent Combat Patrol rules. About a week ago I identified that we needed another allied platoon and choose to model a US Rifle Platoon of a US Rifle Company of an Armored Battalion, around 55 miniatures and 5 vehicles. I needed to make the best use of my time, lunchbreaks at work and an hour or so in the evening.
The technique that I'm going to share here is not going to win any painting competitions, that is not the sucess criteria, but it does allow you to paint a squad of 10 28mm figures in an hour. That's six minutes per figure, which I think is pretty good going, and for me when viewed on a wargames table from a normal viewing distance of three or four foot away, they are more than adequately painted.
Stage 1: Spray miniatures with Plastic Soldier Company US Olive Drab spray. Click here for details.
Stage 2: Block paint Jackets & Gaiters with Vallejo 70821 German Camo Beige
Stage 3: Block paint Flesh with Vallejo 70860 Medium Fleshtone
Stage 4: Block paint webbing & rucksac 70819 Iraqui Sand
Stage 5: Block paint Boots & Pistol Holsters Vallejo 70894 Flat Brown
Stage 6: Block paint rifles, entrenching tool handles & helmet straps Vallejo 70982 Cavalry Brown
Stage 7: Block paint any helmets that have helmet covers, bayonet scabards, bazookas etc. Vallejo 70887 - Brown Violet
Stage 8: Block paint any metal parts on weapons Vallejo 70863 - Gunmetal
Stage 8: Dip miniature in Army Painter Strong Quicktone. Brush off any excess with a large (size 6+) old brush and use this to remove any pooling that might develop. Keep your Quicktone thinned down to the consistency of pouring cream using top quality artists turps, not cheap white spirits. Proper turps is an expensive commidity but it will keep your Quicktone fresh for man years and many hundreds of miniatures. Click here for details.
Once dipped, leave your miniatures for at least 24 hours, and then apply a light spray of Army Painter Anti-Shine Matt Varnish to remove the shine. Click here for details.
When I have got the whole platoon painted and varnished, I will the get them based.
If you are at Partizan at the weekend, come and have a look at them in action in our Combat Patrol participation game.
We have put together a package deal to save you 10%, click here if you are interested in collecting a US Rifle Platoon from an Armored Battalion.