Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Painting Tutorial - 6mm Adler Napoleonic French - 24 Dec 2008

Here is a quick tutorial for a new quick paint technique I have been testing lately (seeing as I hate painting so much!).

1. As you can see from below, I base my figures up and spray paint them with white or black undercoat. I actually painted 1 battalion of 12 figures using white undercoat and 1 battalion of 12 figures using black undercoat in this example so some of the pics will show different undercoats. I did this to see if there was a noticable difference using either. There was not!

2. Cuffs colour - in this case red.

3. Flesh for skin areas.

4. Middle blue coat.

5. Black hats.

6. Brown timber on muskets.

7. Neck collar colours - in this case red.

8. Tidy up the white sections especially the straps that cross at the neck.

9. Plumes and Pom Poms and helmet trims etc, and tidy up the collars and cuffs.

10. Grey blanket rolls.

11. Tan backpacks.

12. Turnpacks white base 1st and then colour - in this case white only.

13. Brass plates on helmets.

14. Silver bayonets and barrel along front edge of musket.

15. Additional instruments and drums etc.

16. Green base and flock while paint still wet. Allow time to dry before removing from flock tray and tapping to release any unstuck flock.

17. Add flag and 1000 more figures, terrain and a terrain board and done!

Any comments or suggestions would be most welcomed.



CWT said...

Excellent post, and good painting! It must've been ages taking all those photos as you painted. I feel quite inspired now...

Anonymous said...

Thanks man. I don't mind taking photos as much as I hate painting though. He He

Bob Waller said...

Thanks for the painting tips. I am thinking of making 6mm my foray into Napoleonics and ACW, though my buddy does 15mm. This shows how easy it is.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bob. 6mm is so easy to use especially when you do want to work on multiple periods in large numbers. I use Adler for ACW as well but I don't have nearly enough yet to start showing anything of it. Take a look at Baccus as well as they are increasing their range and are very popular.

Anonymous said...


Have you used army painter or inks? They often enable you to skip steps like 8, small inconsistencies can be cleared up nicely by using especially army painter's shades, which is a delight when painting large numbers, like 6mm. In addition, the added varnish effect makes them look less 'toyish'

David said...

Thanks for the comment.

To be honest, I can't see the benefit in that system. Okay if you are starting out as it appears to assist in developing some of the painting skills most of us take for granted.

Maybe you can explain why it would be beneficial for someone already painting to use?


Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

David said...

Thanks mate. I guess like everything else, you stick at it long enough and it evolves.

Theron Kuntz said...

Nice tutorial, David. Good show for phases of painting your 6mm Adler historical miniatures! Teaching is easy. Thank you.