I’ve scraped enough time to build and paint my first German Infantry figure. I guess I owe quite a few thanks to the folks on the Warlord forums for the advice on colours, collars, backpacks etc. I swear I’ve spent more time researching German Infantry of 1944-5 than I did painting it.
The photo’s a bit smaller than usual as I uploaded it at a size that would fit the above forums.
Over the past week I’ve managed to grab a few minutes here and there to paint the first few of my Bolt Action figures.
For the first time ever, I’ve not sanded and painted my own bases. I’ve used Army Painter’s brown basing sand and not painted it. Then just added some flock/tufts/static grass. Although they don’t look bad, I’m still not convinced I’ve done the right thing, although the time it took was pretty damn quick so it does have that going for it.
I also bought some Vallejo weathering pigments. Now there’s a learning curve. I still find it amusing that the non-toxic weathering powder is in a child proof bottle, but the large bottle of slightly more dangerous Isopropanol is in a screw top.
Here’s the first Infantry choice – a unit of 6 US Army troops.
My first attempt at painting a tank – and making a mess with weathering powders.
For the game itself, I have already built (but not painted) my Headquarters choice (a Lieutenant and an extra troop to accompany him), but my 9 year old lad wanted me desperately to build a couple of slightly off the cuff conversions to use when I play with him. No introductions necessary.
And it’s all reminded me that I just can’t paint eyes.
I bought myself some Bolt Action figures – a mix of Germans and US Army. The rules for the game seem really good and I can’t wait to try them out. As a result I’ve built and tried a few paint ideas out.
This is sooooo much harder than painting fantasy or sci-fi figures. If a fantasy or sci-fi figure has a strange paint scheme – who cares, it’s your own vision, but historical stuff has to look like the real thing.
Anyway, I tried and I’m sure I’ll learn loads more in the future.
Below are some photos of my first 5 US Infantry troops and an M4 Sherman tank. I have ordered a decent batch of vallejo colours but I did these with my existing GW and Army Painter paints.
The tank is about finished but the troops have yet to be based and flocked.