US Armoured Infantry – Step by Step Painting Guide PART 1

By David Geddes

From Maitland Wargame Group

Fellow Aussie David Geddes has kindly given Panzer Angriff permission to post his amazing painting guide from the Flames of War Facebook group

PART 1 US Armoured Infantry – Step by Step Painting Guide

Someone has recently asked me for a step by step painting guide. I hope this is of assistance. I’m doing the 3rd Late War US Armoured Platoon for Wazza’s Army. I believe my method might be a bit different to others….I start by simply basing the unpainted figures on the etched bases according to the Platoon diagram. I try to get the mix of Rifles, MG’s and SMG’s as per the diagram. I then use the normal Polly filler to fill the bases and cover over the Figure stands. A base nearly filled with Polly filler. I use my hobby knife or anything else that is flat. As the filler dries I press down with a finger to even out the ground….. The platoon with bases filled. Next I add texture to the base. This stuff works fine. For smaller scales I use normal sand. PVA Glue is used to add the texture material to the base Simply water it down and apply with a larger brush. The bases are then placed into the texture and the excess brushed off. Sometimes rocks come out at a weird or unrealistic angle, these are simply brushed off with a dry paint brush. I also run my finger around the base edge to as I feel the cleaner look is more appealing. A base showing the texture. The Platoon ready for the next stage. Any AT guns or Mortars which you would prefer to sit on the texture, not in it can now be glued directly to it. In my case the 60mm Mortar looks better on top so this is the time that it is glued At this point I use a large brush and undercoat the figures with watered down black paint. Normally I prefer Matt but all I had was Gloss paint. It won’t matter when the other paint and Varnish goes over the top. It doesn’t matter if the black goes onto the base, just as long as the figures are completely covered. The platoon so far with undercoat completed. Next with a watered brush I start to apply colouring to the basing. A dark brown is used first. It has to be quite watery in order to seep into and around all the cracks and crevices A stand with the base ground cover applied. The platoon with base ground cover applied and ready for the next stage. I use this colour now and dry brush over the bases in order to get a colour contrast on the ground. Don’t worry about getting on the figures. Just brush completely over the bases and make sure that the lighter colour is on all the raised areas. I have found that to get any good affect there has be a lot of difference between the 2 colours. A subtle difference doesn’t seem to work as well. The platoon with the Bone colour applied. If you prefer…you can simply now go over the rocks and some of the ground with a dry brush of white which also works quite well. In this instance I am going to go with some grey rocks. I start by completely painting any large or medium rocks….and some spots on the ground with German Field Grey, but any dark grey will do. It’s hard to see but I have started to paint the rocks in this picture A stand with all the rocks painted dark grey. I’m beginning to regret the Gloss black on the figures as I think in some photos it makes other stuff harder to see….oh well All rocks painted dark grey. It takes some time to do this….but helps in bringing much more realism to the stands. (Or so I think anyway.) Also……..Painting World War 2 figures brings its own problems. I paint quite a lot of Ancients and Napoleonic’s which are very bright and tend to pop out at you. All these drab colours can be tedious and quite a letdown when the product is finished. I find that if I can bring any bright colours to the bases I will do it as it helps to make a drab World War 2 base pop out at you. If there is a choice of uniform colour I will go for the brighter one for these reason. If I can add a feature or a civilian item (Such as a dead cow or Horse as I did for recent US Airborne in Normandy) or a bicycle I will do it. Any mid grey colour now to dry brush over the rocks. Making sure to leave a bit of the darker grey in the recesses. A base about to be painted with mid grey. The Platoon with Mid Grey applied. This probably seems weird and I was hesitant myself in the beginning but a very light dry brush of white over the rocks and some places on the ground also makes it look much better. I don’t know why but I think it does and again…it helps to make the base jump out at you. A light dry brush of white about to start. The base and rocks dry brushed with white. The platoon bases complete and ready to move onto the next stage. I now go back over all the figures and touch up the black undercoat being careful not to get it onto the completed ground covering LINK TO PART 2

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