Painting 10mm scale figures:Thanks to Brad Powell.
Step 1 – Undercoat
·After cleaning each model up, fix a line of them to a strip of scrap card with PVA glue or stick them on nails, and stick the nails into polystyrene blocks
·Black undercoat is best, use thinned blackboard paint (its really cheap and you can get it in Roys and DIY shops) or other enamel for a good coverage (use white spirit to thin and clean brushes, use a rubbish brush too). Alternatively black spray paint will do just fine, but not cover quite as well.
·For a white undercoat spray white, then wash with thinned black paint to really accentuate the details on the model
Step 2 – Base colours
·Paint the largest area first, usually the clothes
·Paint the base colour (e.g. mid blue for the tunic). If painting red or yellow over black undercoat use a white base coat first for bright effects, or brown coat first for a more natural tone.
·Highlight with a lighter tone of the base colour, picking out any raised areas
·Repeat this process with other large areas, such as trousers, shields and spear hafts etc
Step 3 – Skin
·Using a small brush, paint the hands and face. If possible try to leave some recesses but this is not vital
·Using a lighter flesh tone paint the raised areas (e.g. nose)
Step 4 – Weapons
·Any metallic weapons should be painted steel, and then highlighted with silver for a shiny effect. For spears and the like leave a line of black between the haft and blade
·Chainmail is best painted using a brush not fully loaded with paint to help leave the recesses black
·Any gold or bronze weapons should have a base colour of brown first as this helps the paint cover
Step 5 – other stuff
·Paint all the brown stuff like boots, belts and other leather items, being careful to avoid the clothes
·If the models feature any hair or beards then paint these
·If you feel brave do any designs on shields or banners!
Step 6 – Final stages!
Paint the model’s base an earth or sand colour, as the models look better this way!
·An optional stage is cover the whole model with a thinned brown ink as this helps “bind” the colours together and give extra depth. However avoid any steel or silver colours. (Note a really good ink to use is Windsor and Newton Peat Brown, available from Jarolds and will last ages!)
·Finally, varnish the models with 1 or 2 coats of varnish (Purity Seal will do)
It’s a good idea to paint 30 figures at a time. Also, don’t paint each figure separately, instead paint all the miniature’s clothes, then highlight, then all the skin areas, the all the weapons.....you get the idea!