In preparation for my next project, the WW1 Palestine Campaign, I painted a couple of units to help decide the best way of painting the 20mm soft plastic figures and also how best to finish the bases. For the baseI was originally just going to use a painted finish and my first test took too long and the effects were unsatisfactory. The alternative was to use sand, either a fine sand or coarse sand, and I tested these on a couple of units.
|An overhead photo of the test units, fine sand at the back and coarse sand in the front.|
Out of the two tests, my preference was for the fine sand, but the bases looked a bit plain. I had a few grass tuffs stashed away which I added and these and they provided look I wanted. It was important that the finished base worked well with my arid tabletop cover I use with my Ancient armies as I wanted to avoid making another cover.
|A closer look at the coarse sand finish.|
|A closer look at the fine sand finish with grass tuffs added.|
In terms of painting the figures I am opting for a very simple and quick approach:
- Paint the whole figure the uniform colour and add brown around the face and neck. More often than not, I will repaint the helmet or hat.
- Paint boots and leather items (eg holsters).
- Dry brush using a light sand colour to help highlight any detail.
- Paint the gun. Normally a dark brown.
- Paint the face and hands.
- Apply a coat of PVA glue which gives a gloss look.
|Not a lot of detail on these figure which I prefer as it keeps the painting simple. The figures are HaT WW1 Turkish Infantry.|
|Recently borrowed from the local library.|