Here's a quick review and pic set. I took the pics with my phone camera and edited them using iPhoto. iPhoto I really like; my camera phone not so much. Enjoy....they were fun to paint as usual.
The box set was a later purchase. I've found the Men at War figures a mixed bag. The last sets were flashy but no more flashy than an Old Glory miniature. They're chunky little guys with a well fed look.
I used the following steps in painting this box set.
- White Primer-Rustoleum (I NEVER Black Prime)
- Block paint the crews after gluing them down to the bases. That's a change from my usual but hey, sometimes is a good thing to cut cards with the Devil right?
- Paint all the guns. I hot glue them onto some spare Windsor and Newton Series 7 round plastic brush holders. The brushes come with them. Why waste them?
- Hit all figures, horses, limbers with a light BRUSHED (not dipped) coat of Minwax Royal Walnut. I like the finish, it's not stark like a black when painting dark blue plus works as a sealer for fat wargamer's fingers!
- Highlight all figures and paint faces and hands. I use a simple "Three Dot" technique for 15-18-28mm faces. Place a small dot on the nose, cheekbones and middle of the chin on the faces of the minature. I use an old version of GW Dwarf Flesh or Vallejo Rose Beige for skin basecoats. The Minwax settles into the faces making it easy to paint and fast to do. I use an 18/0 pointed brush from Princeton-available from Asel Art Supply for highlighting faces and hands. It allows for individual knuckles and digits on 28mm and larger miniatures. Makes a difference for me.
- Paint bases with Vallejo Game Color "Beasty Brown". Make sure you get the edges of the base. Let dry.
- Put a coat of Elmer's Glue on the top of the base. I use an old crapped out brush to help get this done.
- Run the base through a mix of Woodland Scenics medium and fine brown color ballast. If you foul up the glue process, the brown undercoat works just fine.
- Dry brush the top of the base with a flat brush after the ballast dries. with either GW Bone or Vallejo Game Color Bone.
- I then put several drops of Elmer's Glue on the base and draw the base through a small container of rock ballast from Woodland Scenics. I mix up fine and medium rock and whatever sticks works for me!
- Paint the "rocks" Vallejo Basalt Grey and let dry. Drybrush the "rocks" with Vallejo Sky Grey. I further hit the "rocks" with a White highlight to draw the eye to the miniature. It works.
- Mix up a 50/50 Elmer's Glue/H2O solution and paint it "WW2 Camo" style onto the base. Sprinkle on some static grass. Let it dry. You're done!