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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 6:15 a.m. PST

Assuming you paint the horse and rider as one piece: do you paint the horse or rider first?

Or at the same time? I guess that's the same as neither.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 6:21 a.m. PST

Horse first in 5/6mm. Rider first in 2mm. Above that, I haven't painted a one-piece horse and rider in decades.

Pictors Studio21 Jun 2019 6:47 a.m. PST

Always horse first if I have to do them together.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 6:48 a.m. PST

I paint each separately and then glue the rider on the horse before I give it a clear coat. Let the glue dry first of course.

rustymusket21 Jun 2019 6:52 a.m. PST

In 28mm I paint horse first, then rider, then mount the rider on his horse, then the grass on the base, then clear coat the whole assembly.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 7:50 a.m. PST

Horse first – get it over with

bobm195921 Jun 2019 8:08 a.m. PST

Horse first. I enjoy painting horses.

coopman21 Jun 2019 8:53 a.m. PST

Horse first for me too.

Corporal Fagen21 Jun 2019 9:13 a.m. PST

Same time, but I always finish the horse first because it's easier to paint

BillyNM21 Jun 2019 9:22 a.m. PST

Horse, it's more fun and my looser style of painting for horses sees paint get everywhere.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 10:02 a.m. PST

Horses first. Seeing all those empty saddles motivates me to finish the riders.

…as about 30 riderless Bolshevik cavalry horses look at me accusingly.

JimSelzer21 Jun 2019 10:56 a.m. PST

I prefer the reverse after doing the hard work on riders the horses seem to paint themselves

GurKhan21 Jun 2019 11:21 a.m. PST

Rider's face, hands and other skin first, and maybe the hair. Then the horse, then the rider's clothing etc. (In 15mm) No particular logic to it.

pvernon21 Jun 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

Horse first. I use an air-brush for this so it is just easier that way.

RAOldham181221 Jun 2019 11:39 a.m. PST

Horses first.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 1:27 p.m. PST

If they are one piece castings, then horse first.


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 1:37 p.m. PST

Horses are boring to paint, so I paint them first and "reward" myself after the horses are done to paint the rider.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 2:07 p.m. PST

I don't paint them as one piece. I paint the rider first…then do the mount, I don't like painting horses that much.

D A THB21 Jun 2019 2:22 p.m. PST

Rider first and then the horse. I leave the riders Helmet or hat last as its a handy point to hold (when you have to)

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 2:58 p.m. PST

Horse first. It starts with a big slop of base colour. Everything after that, including the rider and (ick!) equipage are controlled detail work. Highlighting and shading for the horse comes before the rider. Eyes, and other horse details come at the same time as equipage … last.

iain191421 Jun 2019 3:16 p.m. PST

Horse first too.

Musketballs21 Jun 2019 8:29 p.m. PST

Horse first.

Simply following the old guideline of 'Start by painting the largest area, and work downwards from there…'

wrgmr121 Jun 2019 9:41 p.m. PST

Usually the rider first.

Lucius22 Jun 2019 1:50 a.m. PST

Saddle/blanket first, then rider, then horse.

Legion 422 Jun 2019 7:05 a.m. PST

Generally at the same time …


mckrok Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2019 3:33 p.m. PST

If painting them together, horse first.


von Schwartz23 Jun 2019 9:15 a.m. PST

Wow, I feel like a real weirdo here, I've always painted the rider first. Works best if you have a shabraque with a pattern. You can afford to be a little messy painting the shabraque and then cover it with base coat for the horse.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2019 9:07 a.m. PST

Usually horse first. But I don't always follow the same pattern. I decide what order I paint, on a case by case basis.

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