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PostPosted: Sun 08 Apr 2007 16:44 pm 
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RAF, the Med/North Africa 1942/3
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This figure was modified using a Rotary grinder to fashion the uniform. All numbers are Humbrol paints for ref  :wink:

skin tones = 61/74/160
uniform = 72
socks = 86
shoes = 62
flying helmet = 160
parachute & webbing = 186
goggles = 33
goggle lenses = 11

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that pilot is looking pretty sweet Ratch 8-)

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct 2007 21:29 pm 
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Hi Everyone. Does anyone know of a site or good reference for painting lil 1/72 figures. (apart from this site, I've gathered as much info as I can find on here) but Im still struggling with it. I have a whole load of crew/pilots/infantry etc to paint and Ive been putting it off and putting it off because Im not sure how to go about painting them and making them look good. I think I will have to invest in one of those illuminated lamps because my biggest problem is I cant see the detail properly and my hand always seems to create shadow over the figure. and the other bits Im having hard time with is the highlights. Ie, for the flesh colours etc so they dont look so washed out. I;ve been looking online but most references seem to relate to larger figures..and I dont know if it would be the same for smaller ones.. It would be great if there was a figure paiting service as often to speed things up I would be willing to pay someone to paint them for me, whilst I was learning to do it myself.
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct 2007 21:34 pm 
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There are figure painting services - ome wargamers use them - but they could be a bit costly or unavailable for one-offs.

Have you tried http://www.theminiaturespage.com? It's a website for wargamers which has forums split out according to historical era. I would try searching those or asking your question there because someone has almost certainly asked it before. Such guides do exist. If you Google "Foundry Painting System" you should get some hits.


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Thanks Beaufighter..

I Havn't come across that site, I will go and check it out now, thanks!..

At the moment the figures I need to do are:

German Anti Tank-Anti Aircraft Flak crew
German Radio armoured car crew
Luftwaffe pilot and ground crew
Mercedes Benz staff car staff

All 1/72

and soon there will be USAF crew and RAF crew too... Im off to check the links now, Thanks!..

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No problem. The Foundry painting system was invented by the Wargames Foundry company as a way of speed-painting miniatures to an impressive standard. Basically you undercoat the figures black. Then you go over each part of the uniform in a too-dark shade of the appropriate colour, almost but not quite painting out the black undercoat - you leave a hair's breadth border around each colour. Then you apply the right shade over the highlights, and then finally you drybrush with a lighter shade. The net result is the correct colour with darker folds, lighter peaks and highlights, and a black outline to emphasise and delineate borders.

I do 1/32 and smaller figures this way, although I undercoat in white rather than black, because on Napoleonics it makes the colours look more brilliant. On moderns, black is a good way of muting the colours, but I omit the black outline part because it can look a bit toy-soldiery. OK I know that's what they are but...:-)

As a fast way of giving the impression of depth it works very well, even on faces. On Airfix-pilot-sized figures, I don't really bother with faces. I just do them flesh and then give them a brown wash.


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Yeah,

i got some good info from those links, and i noticed that technique of painting it all matt black first and then dry brushing them the colours. I havn't tried that yet but I am going to try it later and see how it turns out. I just hand painted the 2 I was working on, theyre a bit rough but Im happy enough with them for now, but because I know they could look a whole lot better.

I,ve already prepared some of my others in matt black so when thats dry I will give it a go. it's amazing how long it actually takes just to paint a tiny little figure. I have been using a 00000 size brush but could do with one even smaller, though Im not sure what the smallest size is..

I will upload some pics of how it turns out when theyre done..

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a link i found that is very effective is:

http://www.shqminiatures.com/Xtras/PaintingGuides.htm

i don't know if its got all the ones you want but i might help

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I'll be smug.

http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.o ... t3790.html

I made this article and im not sure if you found it, so check it out :P


These are my 1:35 guides

http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.o ... 5414-0.php

http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.o ... 5459-0.php

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Thanks guys, Im gonna check out all the links now I was gonna do it earlier, but I thought I just spend another 5 mins on my modelling... 5 hours later im still at it:O...

Thanks!..

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Those links are pefect!. I think I got enough to get going now and start on all my figures. Those guides are pefect Shorty and totally useful to me and the guide you did is saved to word as my reference..

Cheers!!!...

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I wouldn't bother with really, really tiny brushes. What you need is a decent size brush, like a size 1 or even 2, that has a good point on it. Small brushes actually have trouble keeping a point because there aren't enough bristles there. Cheap brushes, the kind given away with man sets, don't have a point on them to begin with. Honestly, if you change nothing else, changing your brushes will make a huge difference to the results you can achieve.

There is a check you can do to to see if a brush will hold its point, which is to moisten it a bit and then flick the tip a few times with your thumb and forefinger. A good brush will keep its point under this treatment. A bad one will separate into 6 or 8 separate points.

Test this out on your existing stock, and if they fail, that's why you're having trouble. If you use well-thinned acrylics and wash the brush out after every session with soap and water, then reshape its point before putting it away, brushes will last for ages, so it is worth blowing a few quid on a good one. Avoid model shops for this and buy from artists' materials shops. And don't buy via mail order because you can't do the above test on them before you buy.


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thanks Beaufighter..

You have great timing! Im just finishing off a coffee before heading into town for some supplies. so thanks for the info on testing the brushes I will call in the Art shop and flick away till I find a good one. I just tried it on my daler & rowney ones I have (they have had some abuse) but after about 3 flicks they seperate into 2 or 3 different pieces and loose their point so your right... Im guessing an investment in a better detailing brush is a must. Your right about the size 00000 too, it had a nice point when I bought it but not its all sort of bent and curly:s..

Thanks!.. :)

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Did the articles i made help?

I've just finished a load of 1/48 figures and blimey they were fiddly! I'll tell you if i do any articles in the future!

Remember to come to my demo at telford for basing! check out the telford thread for details :wink:

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The other thing bad brushes do is curl over into a hook shape. If this happens, I just cut the bristles off and use it for drybrushing.


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Doh!...

It was actually your guides I mean Joe when I added them to my references. I got you mixed up with shorty.. Sorry Joe.. Sorry Shorty lol. :oops: I think I just got up or something when I replied to them... Anyway, YES! theyre perfect. like I said, I've saved them as a permenant reference :)

I was kinda rushed today and had partner and her 2 girls with me, and I duno why but It's hard to focus on my modelling needs when theyre with me.. I did manage to pick up a small brush though and better quality one than the one I had.. soo.

And thats a great idea about cutting the bristles off, as my old one has gone curly. so Thanks!.......

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Im going to try my best to make it to Telford show too so I will be sure to pop by and check out your Stand Joe and everyone else who's here:), Im trying to convince my partner why she REALLY REALLY NEEDS to go to a model show.. "they have unicorns there... Honest!......."....

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Could anyone point me in the right direction/supply me with information on what colours Lufwaffe Mechanics/Personell's uniforms were? I can find very little information. Direct Humbrol colours would also be very useful too.

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I have kit No 01755-6 ( same type as shown in the Airfix History section) Yes I know just boasting ..... :lol:

On the back is a section of four coloured figures, I'll send the picture to BAC (Brian) and ask him to include it next to the face picture.

Probably do it Saturday.

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