Help support TMP


"Beginner's guide to painting 15mm WWII figures" Topic


7 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.


Back to the 15mm WWII Message Board

Back to the Flames of War Message Board

Back to the Painting Message Board


Areas of Interest

General
World War One
World War Two on the Land
Modern

Featured Hobby News Article


Featured Link


Featured Ruleset


Current Poll


Featured Book Review


997 hits since 27 Oct 2020
©1994-2021 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2020 7:48 p.m. PST

"Before we start, I thought I'd better come clean and say that I'm not the world's best painter. But Chris suggested that I write a beginner's illustrated guide to help all those people who've never painted anything before or who, like me, are returning to figure painting after a break.

This is a very simple guide to painting figures to a table-top or wargaming standard (example). I won't be using any complicated methods or elaborate materials. Like most people I guess, I want to get a lot of figures painted to a reasonable standard as quickly as possible. I also like them to be as historically accurate as I can manage without being too obsessive about it…"
Main page
link

Amicalement
Armand

Sgt Slag29 Oct 2020 6:38 a.m. PST

It is incomplete: he shows Army Painter Wash (aka, The Dip), but that, apparently, is discussed and illustrated in Part 3, which has not been published yet.

For beginners, I disagree with the author flogging Vallejo and Army Painter products: they are expensive, and beginners can achieve decent results with craft paints, and Minwax Polyshades Urethane Stain, or similar, for less than one-half the price!

I understand the argument for directing beginners to quality products, rather than the cheap stuff. I disagree with this approach. Craft paints can be used to achieve decent results. Minwax is much less expensive, and it works. The odor can be avoided by using their water-based products, as opposed to their oil/solvent-based products.

I do, however, applaud this author: he is recommending block painting, plus The Dip. This is the fastest, easiest, means of achieving GEtGW figures! It is rare to see a "beginner's guide to painting miniatures," which advocates this set of techniques. Success is pretty much guaranteed with this approach. Success encourages the newbie, like nothing else. They can always develop better painting techniques, and skills, if they pursue the hobby. Setting the bar higher, only discourages the newbie -- Buuuzzz!!! Wrong Answer! Thank you for playing! Next Contestant, please! They need easy, quick, successes to encourage them to keep up in the hobby. If they become frustrated, early on, failing to achieve acceptable results (GEtGW), they will likely quit the hobby… Cheers!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2020 11:16 a.m. PST

Thanks!.

Amicalement
Armand

TSD10108 Dec 2020 12:17 p.m. PST

I disagree with the author flogging Vallejo and Army Painter products: they are expensive, and beginners can achieve decent results with craft paints

This depends entirely what you are painting. Craft paint is generally fine with terrain and some plastics, but I've found it to be terrible for 15mm figs and metal. Every brand I've tried from Michael's and Walmart is lower quality and doesn't thin well, and rubs off far easier.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2020 2:16 p.m. PST

Good point!.


Amicalement
Armand

Blackhorse MP15 Dec 2020 7:38 a.m. PST

I'm with Sgt Slag on this one. I game in 15mm and have found that block painting with craft paints topped off with Polyshades "Dip" can give a nice AND durable outcome.

Now having said that I will admit the majority of my figs are painted with Vallejo, but I don't see any difference in appearance or durabilty between the two paints.

I would certainly not discourage anyone from going the craft paints and dip route if they were looking to save a few $$$.

That's just my two cents.

von Schwartz ver 202 Jan 2021 5:31 p.m. PST

@TSD101
This depends entirely what you are painting. Craft paint is generally fine with terrain and some plastics, but I've found it to be terrible for 15mm figs and metal. Every brand I've tried from Michael's and Walmart is lower quality and doesn't thin well, and rubs off far easier.

I have used both high quality enamels, $2 USD-$3 for 1/4 oz. bottles and inexpensive craft paints $.50 USD per 2 oz bottles with virtually identical results on literally thousands of 15mm SYW, renaissance Poles, Napoleonics, and some micro-armor figures. I have no trouble thinning it nor does it rub off easily, providing you lacquer your figures when done, (spray dull coat is about $5 USD-$8) and lasts a long time (I did some of mine in late 80s and early 90s) cheaper spray lacquers are also available but I kinda like Testors.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.