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albion Inactive Member22 Dec 2012 10:38 a.m. PST

I am just about to start painting some 40mm toy soldier figures. Any suggestions on what are good paints to look for?


Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2012 10:44 a.m. PST

I have used Testors enamels but really like the ease of cleanup with acrylics. For cheap I buy the craft paints at Michael's. Overspray completed figures with a clear gloss and you have your toy style figures.

Martin Rapier22 Dec 2012 10:51 a.m. PST

Like Allen I just paint mine in standard acrylic paints and then finish them in shiny varnish.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2012 11:02 a.m. PST

Paint them with craft paints, then coat them with full-strength Pledge-with-Future Shine, or Klear, floor polish. It is water-soluble, tough as nails, readily available, very inexpensive, and it is also very flexible over the paint. It dries to a high gloss. Cheers!

Timmo uk22 Dec 2012 11:07 a.m. PST

As above, acrylics with a tough gloss varnish.

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2012 12:09 p.m. PST

The old trick for metal "toy soldiers" was Floquil primer, Floquil paint and finish with Floquil crystal cote. They combined somehow and gave the figure the tough chip resistant finish. That was the formula I used but try to find all that nowadays ? <sigh>

Green Tiger23 Dec 2012 4:05 a.m. PST

If you want actual gloss paints then you can use humbrol – available again. Most of the stuff listed above isn't available where you live (the UK)

albion Inactive Member24 Dec 2012 8:13 a.m. PST

Many thanks for all the replies,the prospect of Humbrol at my stage in life does entirely fill me with enthusiasm. I still have nightmares about cleaning brushes in my youth after trying to paint my early Hinchcliffes and Minifigs with Humbrol enamels. I will let you know how I get on and try and post some pictures.


Oberst Radl Inactive Member28 Dec 2012 6:25 a.m. PST

Paint as normal with acrylics. Then overcoat with Minwax Polyshades acrylic clear gloss coat (blue can). Dries crystal clear and very, very glossy.

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