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Bayernkini21 Sep 2019 12:21 a.m. PST

A few years ago, i never thought, i would enjoy painting 2mm miniatures, especially i got older and
need glasses and shaky fingers now.

But of all ideas i found on the web, i finally tried it out myself. And i am lucky, that i done this.
You don´t have such details on 2mm miniatures like on larger scales (and 6mm e.g have already a lot of details compared to 2mm), therefore you dont need paint details.

You have general paint 2mm miniatures in another way than larger scales, because those must develop their effect in gaming distance and with their mass!

So i show you here a example of my ACW miniatures. ACW miniatures have already a first advantage, because of their basic uniform color blue or grey.

So in this example of the CS, prime the minature stripes in grey and the most is already painted.

Then do a fast brushstroke in the lower half of the stripe, to paint the main color of the pants.
Here i used a light blue, but you can use any other color you want (brown, grey tone e.g.).

Then i added single colored „dots/spots" to suggest different colors of pants. The same i did with the upper part of the minatures, to suggest different colors of shirts.
You need only a few and irregular spread colored dots. And those dots must also not exact painted as you can see in the close shots.

There are some ideas on the web, to indicate also the rifle and hands, but this costs to much time and you really dont see this details in mass later. So i simple saved those time ;)

Final i did also a brushstroke with skin tone in the area of the heads, to represent the faces.
As i said already, all must not be very exact, which is a huge advantage in comparison with larger
miniature scales.

Next advantage of 2mm miniatures is the basing. Most base sizes are for use with 6mm (or larger) miniatures.
So you can show larger units and you can still use free space on the base to indicate a kind of „diorama".

In my example, the bases got a prime of brown.
Then i painted with dark and light blue a small stream (left) and uses a picket-fence on the right base.
Add field roads if you want. You can/should use indeed more contrast (not to much realistic) colors, because those have more impact later (same applied to the miniatures too).

Add some flock or scatter to represent bushes (left) or fields (right) and the main base is ready.
Place your stripes on it in a way it fit and ready.

You can see more examples on the pic here of my ACW armies.

Col Durnford21 Sep 2019 5:24 a.m. PST

Yes, 2mm are easy to paint.

For my own usage, I mount them on penny bases and use them for map movement. Every unit in my 25/28mm collection has a 2mm counterpart.

jwebster Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2019 10:28 a.m. PST

Looks really good. I like the idea of diorama bases


Dan Cyr21 Sep 2019 12:06 p.m. PST

Superb job, nicely done. I'm actually painting up 3mm ACW, but for use as a stand equals a regiment in two lines. I'll "steal" some of your painting methods, thanks.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2019 5:51 p.m. PST

Who makes 2 and 3mm ACW?

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2019 9:58 p.m. PST

2mm= Irregular Miniatures
3mm= Pico

Bayernkini22 Sep 2019 4:42 a.m. PST

Just finished the complete Rebel Army for AoF

Asteroid X25 Sep 2019 2:53 p.m. PST

Those look awesome!

forwardmarchstudios26 Sep 2019 8:12 a.m. PST

Those look great!

There is now a second range if 2mm ; )

Quintus Valerius28 Sep 2019 6:43 a.m. PST

Wonderful stuff. No doubt some clown will come along and tell you that you might as well use cardboard counters and a paper map. Do people genuinely believe that a cardboard counter really looks better than this?

Alan Lauder28 Sep 2019 4:20 p.m. PST

Wow! That is some of the nicest basing I've ever seen – I really love the sense of disordered order in some – if you get what I mean. Not all well trimmed ranks! Makes me want to start re-basing mine. Can I ask, what size are those bases? Are you basing for a brigade a base? Thanks – very inspiring👍👍👍

Bayernkini28 Sep 2019 10:00 p.m. PST

Can I ask, what size are those bases? Are you basing for a brigade a base?

Yes, a unit base = brigade

The base has the suggested Altar of Freedom size of 60x30mm,
Generals = 30x30mm

As you can see here,
the ferro-magnetic unit "ground base" and the labels has a size of 60x35mm (General ground base and label 30x35mm), so in can easy fit the magnetic unit base on top, and the paper unit label is fixed and easy to change.

Bayernkini29 Sep 2019 3:35 a.m. PST

And here still my kind of "hit/morale" marker. All tries with different markers, which works well in larger scales (including 6mm) appear simple to huge in 2/3mm scale.
So i got final the idea, using 5mm colored magnetic balls.
And they can simple fixed on the ferro-magnetic ground-base.
So the colors represent any number of hits/morale e.g.

green = 1
yellow = 2
orange = 3
red = 4

And the colored manget balls can also used to show, which "unattached" unit (artillery e.g.) is attached to a division.
E.g. place a blue ball on the divsions HQ base and also blue balls to those unattached units, which should be attached to those division and you can easy see/identify it on board (if i could explain it more or less with my bad english).

Bayernkini15 Oct 2019 6:35 a.m. PST

Just finished my complete two ACW Armies

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