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Thortrains07 Mar 2018 3:06 p.m. PST

Here is an article on painting soldiers and how to do shading and other tricks


Enjoy and feel free to share!

dragon607 Mar 2018 4:12 p.m. PST

But what are your wash formulas?
Just thin the acrylic with water?
Matt medium?
Do you use Flow Aid?
Proportions man!

Thortrains07 Mar 2018 4:52 p.m. PST

I thin the acrylics with water. Proportions vary according to the effect I want. Generally, thicker for a darker effect, thinner for lighter results. I do not have precise measurements. I do it by sight. I know by the color of the diluted paint when I have it right for the result I want.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2018 10:44 a.m. PST

Comments posted on your page.

I'm a huge fan of The Dip Technique. I used it for many years, on my Army Men figures, for my games. Still like the results, but after several years, even the might urethane begins to flake off. Decided it wasn't worth the effort.

I use sand, exclusively, for my bases. Need to post some photo's of how I do it, as it is a two-step process, using brownish-red sand, in a mottled pattern, first; I follow this, when it is dry, with a mixture of 2-3 green shades, mixed together. The random, mottled patterns, look acceptable whether the figures are sitting atop a building, a paved roadway, , or a grassland.

Even though my figures are no longer painted, the mottled, grassy bases, go a long way towards dressing up the figures. The bases keep them all standing, properly, and they make it much easier to move the figures on the table. Thanks, Thor. I've been inspired, and and a fan of your Army Men work, for many a year -- since the late 1990's… Cheers!

Thortrains10 Mar 2018 3:48 p.m. PST


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