Right, I have missed something VERY important... PLEASE, please, please if you are going to spend any time painting a figure; for god sake clean it first. It’s so disappointing to see a beautifully painted figure only to find it has a cast line or extra piece of flash on the side of its head... it’s not meant to be there REMOVE IT! OK rant over.
So I find that breaking down the process of painting in to stages helps me, my three stages are; Prep, Colours and Detail. We have been over Prep, this is cleaning the figures and then undercoating them. The next stage is adding colours, the base colours of the uniform. Once you have worked out what colours you are going to use and where they are going on the figure this stage is quite easy and to be honest boring!
There is usually a logical order to how you should lay down the colours and by painting a few figures first you can usually work this out. For the Cleve-Berg the colours went on like this; white [jackets & trousers], pale blue [collars & cuffs ], flesh, brown [backpack & musket], gunmetal [swords & muskets], Gold [gold stuff], red [officers], dark blue and bleached linen.
Now at this stage you don’t have to be ultra careful, follow the detail as much as you can but you are not looking to create the finished article, you are trying to get the base colours down. Make sure you save time, for instance don’t get another colour out for hair etc, just use the colours you have.
Above you can see each colour as it was painted step by step. At this stage the colours are all a bit in your face but in the next stage, my favourite, we will be adding the detail and softening everything up a bit.
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