Monday, 14 March 2016

Speed Painted African Flesh (with Beja in mind)!

OK, I've got loads and loads of Beja to paint. I haven't dared count but there are at least four boxes of plastics, 20 camels and about 20 packs of metals! A while back I put together two bases of Beja using my usual (quite meticulous) layering method. It took while and although I'm more than happy with the results I need a quicker way of getting them on the table top! Otherwise I'm probably looking at years in terms of getting them painted up! A discomforting thought!

I bought some Foundry African Tribesmen with Braided Hair a while back and seeing these as an ideal opportunity to give a quick fire painting method a try I bit the bullet and went for it. Now, there are some notable differences between the Foundry mini's and that of the Perry Miniatures range; namely size but also the density of the limbs, torso and heads. This will undoubtedly result in some differences if the same method I have used on these Foundry mini's is used on the Perry lovelies.I'll have to wait and see!

So, a brief description of the method I chose to try out on these mini's would do something like this:

i/ Spray with Halfords Black Primer
ii/ Undercoat with Andrea Black- this is a very flat matte.
iii/ Mix 35%-65% Vallejo model Colour Black (70950) and German Cam. Medium Brown (70826) and paint making sure you get good coverage. If another coat is needed them apply.
iv/ Straight from the pot wash of Citadel Agrax Earthshade Wash.
v/ Highlight with Foundry Dark African Flesh (121B)
vi/ Mix in a small amount of Vallejo Model Colour Ivory with the Foundry Dark African Flesh and highlight the bits of the model that would catch the sun from above.

Variations on this basic theme could be achieved by using a more red base colour and going from there. This I'll almost certainly be trying out as there was quite a lot of variation in skin tone of the various tribes who supported the Mahdi.

For now, here are the pictures of the Speed Painted Wargames Foundry Africans:

Group Shot Showing Various Angles of the Finished Miniatures:





Close Ups of the Single Mini's:











Bye for now.

8 comments:

  1. In the vein of trying to paint them faster, if you are completely painting them over (2 coats) in step 3 do you really need step 2?

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    1. Hi Private Snafu. Yes, the spray is to give the miniature teeth to hold the subsequent layers of paint on and the Andrea (brush on) base coat is, well, the base coat ;>) :>)

      Darrell.

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  2. Those look great! Nothing speed-painted about that look.

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    1. Just over four hours fr the lot Simon- varnishing and primer not included :>)

      Darrell.

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    2. How many minis is that please?

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  3. That's a great flesh tone Darrell.

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  4. That's a great flesh tone Darrell.

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