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Halfling Cavalry on the Production Line

Halfling Warder Cavalry w/ Bow (6)
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Germy Bugger Fezian writes:

Nice work, Jeremy. Sorry about the mold lines!

Don't worry David, I might have complained about them but I don't see how you could have done it any different.

And the mini's generally were very good. Definately recommend them.


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Germy Bugger Fezian of GermsWorld writes:

It's been over five years since I painted anything more than one or two figures at a time.

Stage One was to sort out what colours I was going to use. After seeing the Halfling infantry painted up (in a previous Workbench article) in traditional rural greens and browns, I decided to follow suit so Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian's army would look consistant. But these are Halflings, so I still needed an irregular outfit rather than a uniformed one. So I chose colours from British Khaki to Camouflage Green to various Brown Leather tones. 90% of the paints I use are Coat D'arms, with some leftover Games Workshop colours. I also chose three grey tones and three brown tones for the mounts. Remember - I only have two poses, and so wanted to paint a difference into the unit.

The mounts are basecoated

So onto the painting. First up, the basecoat. I painted all of the mounts first, using one colour for two mounts. I then applied an ink wash to the mounts - brown ink for brown colour, and a watered-down black wash for the greys.

Basecoating the riders

Then I started on the riders, using the same technique. First, I painted all the exposed flesh - and since these were Halflings, that meant doing the feet as well! For the riders themselves, I would keep the production line going by choosing a colour and paint - say, the cloaks - on three of the riders with that colour, and then the trousers of a different three with the same colour. Then move onto the next colour and repeat the process. This slowly built up the basecoats on all of the riders, and also meant I didn't have to keep cleaning the brush only to use the same colour on another rider later on.

The only uniform element I went for was to paint the rider's armour in the same leather brown. For the riders with exposed hair, I again picked a selection of colours to keep them looking different from each other.

Drybrushed models

Once the basecoats were done and dry, I moved on to drybrushing the models. For the mounts, I had already applied an ink wash, so I simply used a lighter shade of their basecoat to bring out the fur detail. For the riders, I did not worry too much about matching the colour of the basecoat for the drybrushing. I made up a neutral light brown, and applied that across the whole model. The reason I didn't have to worry too much about matching the colour was because I then applied a brown ink wash to the whole rider - a bit like the "dip method," only I kept the ink fairly watered down. If the ink was applied too thick, it would dry-stain some parts and completely miss others. This method also helped to cover a multitude of sins, but was ideal for painting lots of figures at once. And because I used all earthy colours, the brown ink blended them together quite nicely.

Detailed models

With the miniatures drybrushed and inked, you can actually stop there. But I like to go over them and do a bit of highlighting, and paint in a little detail. So I went over the quiver and fletching of the arrows, picking out details; painted the mounts' tongues (well, they are dogs) and eyes; and did a light drybrusing over the riders' cloaks.

Although Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian said not to worry about basing, I gave the bases a quick coat of Grass Green, and then sprayed the finished miniatures with matt varnish (mainly to protect them for the journey back across the pond).

Finished Halflings

So there you have it. A nice, simple (and quick) method for painting your rank-and-file troops. And a set of 15mm Halfling Cavalry miniatures that will hopefully look good on the tabletop.