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Queen Catherine Inactive Member20 Jan 2017 8:51 a.m. PST

Rules: "Wargaming: An Introduction" RAW
Figs: 54mm 1/32 bag of plastics borrowed from 7yo
terrain: 28mm
Scenario: "One-Hour Wargames"

Figs are unpainted, terrain a bit off, but this is a start of a project so we can't be too strict!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

Looks fun!

For painting, I use acrylic craft paint, only on the parts that differ from the color of the plastic… Speeds painting greatly. Then I apply Minwax Polyshades Urethane Stain, using Royal Walnut color (dark brown) if I want them to appear dirty, or Tudor color (black), which is like a black wash. The Minwax shades, seals, and protects the paint, all in one step. I've gamed with painted plastic Army Men(TM) figures for years, without chipping.

I also glue them to 2"-square bases, using Hot Glue. I then paint PVA Glue on the base, and swirl it in a mixture of 2-3 colored sands, mixed with Model RR ballast -- chunks of rocks, basically. Fast, easy, and it looks great.

Looking forward to your future posts! Cheers!

lucky1oldman20 Jan 2017 10:31 a.m. PST

Any photos Sgt Slag?
(I love to be inspired)

Queen Catherine Inactive Member20 Jan 2017 10:44 a.m. PST

second the vote for photos or blog address!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

Sgt. Slag, I have been thinking about doing that exact same thing in order to get a large (no pun intended) 54mm project off the ground. I, too, would love to see some photos if you have any available.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2017 11:01 a.m. PST

Queen C, Yep, getting the toys on the table is the important thing.

Terrement Inactive Member20 Jan 2017 12:19 p.m. PST


Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2017 3:04 p.m. PST

Here are several photo's for your inspiration -- sorry, don't have any Army Men(TM) currently online, but plenty of fantasy creatures, with the same techniques applied. Note that I paint very basic, and fast, in large quantities. Not the prettiest, but GEtGW (Good Enough to Game With), at arm's length. Cheers!

54mm Skeletons

Comparison of three plastic figures: 28mm Skeleton, 54mm Skeleton, 54mm Cave Man

Group shot of 54mm Cave Men figures

Another batch of 54mm Skeletons, painted


Same 54mm Skeletons, bare, no paint, no Dip applied

Humorous, photo of same 54mm Skeletons, in action…


Hobgoblins, in Bronze Plate Mail (bronze colored plastic, just painted the non-bronze bits, then applied The Dip)

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2017 8:12 p.m. PST

I really like what you have done with the cave men, and I have a ton of skeletons and cave men to paint myself. What size bases do you use?

Part time gamer08 Apr 2017 9:25 p.m. PST

Love the skeletons in the 'dungeon' w the dragon.
Really well done

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