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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2017 6:37 a.m. PST

I have been very slowly working on some African Imaginations troops for a project set in the last 60/early 70s. I slapped some paint on these old Airfix 8th Army figures I got as part of a large deal, and they are now part of Territorial Defense Force.

Green Tiger13 Feb 2017 7:01 a.m. PST

I think they are Esci figures…

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2017 7:23 a.m. PST

I guess you are right. I always thought they were Airfix.

Defender1 Inactive Member13 Feb 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

Whoever makes them you have put them to good use. Watch out for Bongolesia!

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2017 10:15 a.m. PST

Clever re-purposeing. All the good work, how will you protect the paint from chipping off. I wonder if dipping with polyurethane stain would be good.?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2017 10:31 a.m. PST

An acylic finish does work,though stain should be used with caution. But you can just hit them with Woodland Scenics terrain cement, which comes in a pump spray. Some people swear by Future floor polish cut about 50-50 with water, and I've been known to just hit individual castings with white (PVC/Elmer's) glue from a really wet cheap brush. Use ANY of those and you won't lose paint.

I wish I'd known that 40 or 50 years ago. But then no one else seemed to know either.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2017 10:56 a.m. PST

I was planning on using Testor's dull coat. Do you think that will work okay? I brushed the figs with white glue, primed them, and then painted them.

vtsaogames Inactive Member13 Feb 2017 12:14 p.m. PST

Dipping with Minwax keeps the paint on. I have some 1/72 Mongols and Teutonic Knights, never lost any paint. One horse did lose a tail but that's another story.

John Leahy13 Feb 2017 12:45 p.m. PST

Plastidip clear flat rubberized spray will provide all the protection you will ever need. Just shake the can well and spray in a nice smooth manner. You cannot make the figures chip or peel, ever! I have been using it for about 10-15 years now.

Vintage Wargaming13 Feb 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

+1 for plastidip

Major B13 Feb 2017 6:08 p.m. PST

Really like your clever use of the 8th Army figures. I also used plastics for my AK-47 armies. ACTA British, re-issue Matchbox NATO Paras, and lots of ESCI Soviet Paras and Viet Cong.


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2017 8:35 p.m. PST

Testor's will matte, but it won't keep the paint on. Before you apply the Testor's put something clear and flexible over the paint. You've had four suggestions, and I've used three of them myself.

Nice job on the figures. I should have said that sooner.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 4:39 a.m. PST

I'll see if I can find some plastidip at the hardware store.

@Major: I've got a few VC and Spetsnaz painted as Africans. I got them in a trade as well.

PaulRPetri14 Feb 2017 6:29 a.m. PST

John where on Earth do you get Plastidip spray? I'm in the Minwax dip followed by Dullcoat camp but always looking for the next great invention.

Defender1 Inactive Member14 Feb 2017 9:36 a.m. PST

To answer Paul. I have not played with the plastidip much but what I have used was obtained at WallyWorld.

John Leahy14 Feb 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

Ace Hardware carries it.
I started to get excited when I saw Walmart carried it. But it was gloss and not flat. I was at a smaller Walmart. I'll check the larger store next time I am there.

It has free store pickup at ACE. I have 2 stores within 10 miles of where I live that carry it. It has a check you local store option at that link.

Great product.

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