Saturday, May 31, 2014

Summer Break Painting Marathon Begins! Part 3-All the King's Men 54mm Woodland Indians!

As per the title of the post, I've finished a box set of All The King's Men Northern Woodland Indians. They're soft plastic so some folks will give me "the raspberry" about painting plastic. The box set has 18 figures in it. I don't know who John Jenkins is; but, apparently the original figures were his sculpts.  For toy soldier(y) miniatures and war gaming miniatures, they'll work just fine. They're priced right that's for sure. I like to hear the whining about how expensive 54mm war gaming is.  The cost of "modern" miniatures in 28mm versus the cost of All the King's Men figures is comparable. Painting plastic figures just moves the cost bar down. I paint them using Rustoleum Flat White enamel primer.  I do not black prime. I won't argue the merits of either or both. That's a waste of time that can be spent painting figures.  I block paint the miniatures with basic colors. I use Howard Hues' Suntan for base coating of the flesh.  After drying, I brush on a coat of Minwax Golden Walnut. I like it better than a dark glop of "dip". It's a softer shade that leaves the figures more natural through my painter's eye. I then spray them with a Dullcote coat and paint the highlights like I would with any other figure.  I think I messed this unit up by trying to highlight the musculature by highlighting with a mix of Suntan and a bit of white.  I won't do this again. I will leave the flesh alone.  It really did not need any highlights.  Here's a gallery. I've got several more box sets and can recommend them highly to the period war gamer.

Unit shot on the game table

Unit shot #2

Close up.  I like these miniatures!

Magua and his war party!

Magua Shot #2

Lots of variation. Great value for the price!


  1. Notice how much darker Wes Studi is as Magwa then the figures that were painted turned out?

  2. Here is who John Jenkins is,