Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Actual Painting!

Amazingly enough, I actually did a minor bit of painting this weekend, and the universe failed to explode.

Saturday, I spent a few minutes priming one of the two buildings of the JR Miniatures 15mm #1663 Worker's Quarters set, one of Frank's Minden Miniatures Prussians (directly behind the painted building), and one Revell WW2 British Infantry all with white artist's gesso (front right).

The first RSM95s I primed, which you can see in the background, I slapped this on a bit too thick on some, making them more blobbish. So I went a little thinner on it this time, and used the brush to keep excess from pooling.

Sunday, I put a first coat of paint on the Revell figure and did a trial of a pink coat on one of the old RSMs (slightly left of center). But the main focus was painting the building, which you can see in the middle of the photo, next to the unprimed second building from the same set. I still need to do a little more on it, but I was surprised at how well it came out with simply an undercoat and three colors of paint. I need to touch up a few spots of missing paint and add a few more details, but it's quite usable even in this state, which amazed me.

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All of them were primed with Liquitex white acrylic gesso. The pink uniform is Delta Ceramcoat Painted Desert. The WW2 Tommy is wearing Delta Ceramcoat Autumn Brown. Paints used on the building were Vallejo Basalt Gray for the walls, Delta Ceramcoat Autumn Brown for the door, and Delta Ceramcoat Golden Brown for the thatched roof.

The box in which they rest was originally put together for my trials of the Plasti-Dip spray rubber as a primer. I've abandoned the Plasti-Dip for the gesso, but the box serves as a very nice portable paint booth, as it were, since I have no permanent space for them right now. It's hoped that as we finish re-arranging the basement, there will be an available work surface as well as an available gaming surface.


Fitz-Badger said...

I see you have some froggies in there, too.

Snickering Corpses said...

Yes indeed, Eureka Warrior frogs. Those were among the first thing I tried out acrylic paints on, and as you might see if you look close, they're painted right on the bare metal. Notice the bare metal eyes still.

I still need to paint the eyes, weapons, and bases. And get out the other frogs and turtles that are waiting in a bag in my collection.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Hi Jonathan,

I like your use of the cardboard box as a spray painting box. I'd never thought of that, and so have usually shied away from spray varnishes and the like. I might actually give them a shot again. Hmmm, I think there's a bad pun in there somewhere. Now, back to painting there!

Enjoy the weekend,


Bluebear Jeff said...


I also use Ceramcoat paints.

IF you plan on using the "Woodland Scenics Blended Green Turf" for flocking, the Ceramcoat "Seminole Green" is almost the same color as that flocking . . . I know since I've used many bottles of it.

If you are planning something else for your bases (and there are many good options), ignore the above.

But, above all, keep painting!

-- Jeff