Days 3 & 4
Day 3: Highlighting the base colours
Well we start with the wood of the rifles using a Vallejo Leather Brown 147. Okay, strictly speaking this is not a highlight but the rifles are metal and wood so this finishes them off. I tackle them now as the brush work has to be quite tight and any accidents can be glossed over in the next stages.
Some washes next, firstly Vallejo Fleshtone Shade 204. This is essentially a quick way of getting a result and in 15mm it works well. It tones down the skin and shades in all the right places.
The next wash is for the trousers, Vallejo Blue Shade 207 but mix with water in a 2:1 ratio. To me this give a perfect result, and by that I mean a good look for minimal effort. It’s important to think it down a little but not too much.
The final stage of Day 3 is to highlight the jacket with some Vallejo Prussian Blue 051. I just applied lines along the folds of the jacket and wasn’t too fussy about the result, in fact I also tidied up any stray paint from the other stages on the jacket.
Day 4: Final touches
So we begin Day 4 with Vallejo Black 169. Although the undercoat is black you will find that a) during the painting you will have some painting overlap to tidy and b) the handling of the model, even on my handy sticks, leads to a bit of wear that affects the black most. It’s important to try and give a slap of black all over the black parts of the model as it makes the coverage a bit thicker and gives a bit more depth. Remember to do the straps; use a small brush, ‘0’ size should be fine.
Next we paint the water bottle with the same blue paint as the trousers, Vallejo Andrea Blue 065, but this time no wash, so it’s going to look a bit brighter than the pants. In practice these bottles were a variety of colours with manufactures covering them with whatever material was to hand; however, blue seems popular.
After that I paint the water bottle strap a Vallejo Off White 004. This requires a steady hand and it’s one of the details that makes the model look better painted than it actually is.
Next it’s Vallejo Gold 172 for the plate on the cartridge pouch, the end of the bayonet scabbard and, if you can, the belt buckle and front cross strap buckle/plate.
Then finish off with the hair. I just stuck to 3 colours, black, brown and a light brown (for blond hair).
This just leaves the varnishing and basing which I configures as a weekend job and not part of the 4 day routine.