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26 Jun 2017 9:37 a.m. PST
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  • Changed title from "WHat undercoat for late war SS in 6mm?" to "What undercoat for late war SS in 6mm?"

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Field Marshal26 Jun 2017 4:17 a.m. PST

I am about to start work on my late war Waffen SS in 6mm and I'm looking for advice. What colour undercoat would work best? Any other advice would be appreciated.


fantasque26 Jun 2017 9:29 a.m. PST

Calvin Klein

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 11:25 a.m. PST

If you're doing cammo (you did say late war), I suggest a very fine-spray white undercoat to bring out the colors, and use light coats and washes to apply color. Small scale miniatures should be painted a shade or two lighter than reality, or they look like shadows from a distance of a few feet.

Layers of paint obscure details very quickly in tiny scales like 6mm, so if you can find a very fine drab green primer you like, that might be a better choice. The last time I painted any feldgrau 6mm Germans, I used as dark a mid-gray primer as I could find (not all that dark) and drybrushed them a lighter gray. The finished result looks too light up close, but okay in action on the table because the men are so small.

Testors spray paints do seem to stick to metal miniatures without primer, and in light coats dry very thin and leave the sculpted detail intact. However, they come out of the can too fast, so it's difficult to get proper coverage to hide all the metal without too thick a coat. I shudder to think of turning finely-detailed 6mm figures like GHQ into melting blobs of running paint.

I've seen some really nice primer color choices from Army Painter, but I haven't yet tried their primer, so I can't say if they're a fine enough paint.

I don't know any good ways to make cammo look right in 6mm, so I anxiously await superlative photos of your brilliant solution with bated breath. :-) A local gamer once showed me how he used a toothbrush dipped in red-brown and yellow-tan to flick a fine spatter of paint globs on his 6mm cammo German figures. That worked well enough for my weakening eyes with magnifier assistance, but the effect was totally lost on me once they were on the table.

- Ix

Khusrau Inactive Member28 Jun 2017 4:11 p.m. PST

Airbrush of Vallejo camo beige from top down, making sure the top surfaces get more volume to give shadows over a black undercoat. Then splat with a very old stiff brush.

SpeedCrazedMoron Inactive Member06 Aug 2017 3:06 p.m. PST

@ fantasque, Hugo Boss, surely?

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