Back in August (post 22/08/22) I cast some of the advancing Grenz figures - I have finally got around to painting up a unit.
On the 40mm semi-flats figures I generally stick with block painting and don't use any washes or highlighting. The exception to this is a localised wash of Winsor and Newton 'Peat Brown' ink on the hands and faces to bring out the detail, I do this after a first coat of spray gloss varnish so that it does not stain, then tidy up with flesh prior to a final brushed gloss coat of Tamiya clear gloss.
On these I also dry brushed the hats a little to bring out the texture. Initially I dry brushed white which looked way to harsh, so I went over it with a dry brush in black - so I suppose it is like doing it in grey. On the subject of heads, I struggled getting decent castings in my 'scrap metal', so these are mostly cast in model metal (the bodies are about 50/50).
Well done. Did you use Winsor & Newton "Drawing Ink" for the washes? Do you dilute it or use at as it is?ReplyDelete
Yes, I use W&N Peat Brown drawing ink - I am sure there are plenty of other more modern options out there, but it is what I have always used and see no reason to change.Delete
I dilute it, but not very precisely, I dip the brush in clean water, then in the ink, then swish it around in the bottle top - so really trial and error.
Thanks. Very helpful.Delete
Quality, well done.ReplyDelete
I envy you Steve for the Grenzers. I love these a little exotic and colorful uniforms and you bring out the best of the moulds with this typical lovely toy soldier style. I must first finish a unit of prussians frei-infantery before I can start with a grenz regiment. I had the same "problem" of the missing grenz NCO and have converted the same figure you have used and made a mould with silicone. If you wish, I send you some figures. You find me on facebook with the name written above - live in Murten.ReplyDelete
Stefan - thanks for the offer, however I am not likely to cast many other Grenz, so will not need any more NCOs.Delete
Very flashy looking Grenxer (not in the casting sense of flash!).ReplyDelete
Why were SYW light troops some of the most colourful?Delete
Looking good Steve…ReplyDelete
A nice colourful unit.
All the best. Aly
Colourful and shiny is the way to go!Delete