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18 Oct 2018 5:17 p.m. PST
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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 9:20 p.m. PST

My go-to technique for painting plastic sci-fi minis has always been to spray paint a speckled camouflage base using multiple colours. When the Ogre Miniatures Set 1 arrived last fall, i spent an evening prepping and painting two Green forces of conventional units.

Had a big Ogre game day this past weekend, and on Friday I prepped and painted two Red and two Blue forces, plus 1 Green Mk.III.

The rest of the plastic Ogres are getting trimmed now.

I'll brush treads and other details and dry-brush highlights later. The spray camo gets them presentable enough for the gaming table to start with. The speckles are more visible in person than in photos where the eye blends the tiny dots together.

thosmoss04 Jun 2018 10:30 p.m. PST

The blue and the red plastics both light up under a black light. Th effect is so weird that I've hesitated painting my Ogre minis at all.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 5:27 a.m. PST

Hmm. I've held back the "glow in the dark" armor, painted up my blues as Paneuro and my reds--except for actual ogres--got painted green. I'm saving red for when SJG actually releases Combine models.

Still waiting, SJG.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 6:55 a.m. PST


How do you spray a "speckled camouflage base using multiple colours"?

Do you use a mask and multiple passes or what?


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 8:26 a.m. PST

I tend to use Krylon for the base coat because it dries so fast. For these, I sprayed the bottoms a solid colour just to be sure that any underhanging edges were covered. Didn't bother doing any speckling on the bottom since those underhanging edges won't show at all on these.

Once the bottoms were dried enough to handle, about an hour is plenty, I flip them over and paint the top. I give it a fairly solid coat with one colour, but don't need to cover everything completely since any small bits of plastic will add to the speckling.

Then I just start spraying with other colours, doing light spritzes from 8" to 12" away, and turning the tray to get the spritzes from all around.

I have some old cans of paint that the nozzles are partially clogged and they splatter. I take those cans and mark a big 'S' on them with a sharpie and save them just for jobs like this. The darkest blue speckles on the overall light blue minis came from such a Splatter can.

Sometimes the various paints will blend together a bit more than I would like. If that happens, I'll give them another colour after the initial work has dried. For this, I'll choose a colour that will stand out more against the blend, and give them a light spritzing from about 12" to 16" away. I did that with both Green Forces. The lighter coloured blend, I gave a later light spray of Desert Sand, and the darker blend a later light spray of Bright Medium Green.

I'll double check the Blue and Red Forces sometime and see if I want to add a highlight spray to any of them.

I also use this technique for painting stone and brick work!

n.b. Do not use Army Painter sprays with any paints that are still wet. While their mix provides a lovely thin primer base, it will turn everything into blended soup if trying to simultaneously spray multiple colours. It can be spritzed onto dry paints and vice-versa.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 8:35 a.m. PST

I have figured out how I want to paint the glow in the dark minis, but I'm waiting for Set #2 to arrive so I can do them all at once.

Instead of usual primer, I'll give them a spray of Dullcote to get a finish that will hold acrylic paint. I'm ordering some of Stuart Semple's amazing paint pigments and will do the GitD's in a zebra stripe camo of the world's flattest black and LIT (glow in the light green).

I have seen these pigments, they are amazing the light-emitting LIT is brighter than the ambient light in most gaming areas!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2018 3:14 p.m. PST

Ogre Mk.III's and Mk.V's spray painted in base speckled colours for the Forces of Red and the Froces of Not-So-Red:

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2018 7:22 p.m. PST

Recently finished spraying the base speckled coats on the Ogres of Blue and Not-so-Blue, and Green and Not-so-Green:

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2018 7:11 a.m. PST

thumbs up

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2018 4:01 p.m. PST

Detail painting and outlining with a .005 Micron Art pen are all done on the forces of Dark Green.

Vehicle close-ups:

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 6:46 a.m. PST

Good color choice !!!! thumbs up

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2018 4:42 p.m. PST

The forces of Dark Blue are fully operational:

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2018 4:28 p.m. PST

Just detailed the Ogres for the forces of Light Green and Light Blue. The Dark forces get Mk.IVs, the Light forces get Fencers.

For the free range striping on the green ones, I used a .005 Micron Art pen to freehand draw the outlines, then just painted between the lines.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2018 4:52 p.m. PST

WOW !!!!! huh? thumbs up gold star

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2019 3:23 p.m. PST

Got the conventional forces for Light Green and Light Blue done sufficiently to put on the table for Arisia last month. Finished them up completely in time for TotalCon this past weekend.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2019 3:26 p.m. PST

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2019 8:41 a.m. PST

WOWZA !!!! huh? AGAIN !!!! thumbs up x 10 gold star

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa28 Feb 2019 12:46 p.m. PST

Nice, but I can't shake the feeling I'm looking at wet wall panels or kitchen worktop…

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2019 1:06 p.m. PST

Late to the party, sorry for the thread necromancy. I wouldn't have thought to try the two-tone spray job, but the finished miniatures with all the details picked out in contrasting colors look really nice.

- Ix

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2019 1:58 p.m. PST


No necromancy here. I keep adding to the thread as new forces get completed, and I'm only half-way through the Kickstarter pile o plastic.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2019 7:05 p.m. PST

Next up are all the GEVs of the Reds. Did these up first for the forces of both Dark and Light Red so I can supplement the other forces for GEV-heavy scenarios.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2019 7:57 a.m. PST

Damn Reds !!!!!

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