Painting 28mm infantry

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acctingman
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Painting 28mm infantry

Post by acctingman » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:38 pm

I'm struggling to make my US infantry look decent.

I'd love to hear how you all paint your infantry? One thing I'm starting to realize as I venture more and more into this hobby is that a good wash can cover a lot of painting mistakes :lol:

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Re: Painting 28mm infantry

Post by siggian » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:50 pm

A wash makes even a mediocre paint job look great. And it is a time-saver too.

I didn't paint fingers. That's a wash doing the job of picking out the details in the sculpt:
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As far as my (very slow) technique goes:
* Paint from the inside out. That is, start with the skin, paint the base uniform next, and then add equipment.
* Let the brush do the work. For the Americans, paint the skin and then paint the rest of the figure the olive green. Then just pick out the bits that are not olive green using a semi-dry or dry-brush.
* Do a wash/or dip
* Go back with the original colour for highlights if needed. You could go with a lighter shade, but I don't do mixing paints so I don't.

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Re: Painting 28mm infantry

Post by Munin » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:47 pm

I'll echo some of siggian's advice, especially about starting from the inside (deepest features) and working outwards. It makes both dry-brushing and touching up mistakes much easier.

For my WW2 American GIs, I looked around for a good painting guide and used that as a starting point. As it turns out, very little of the American uniform was actually olive green. Most of it was varying shades of brown. In my case, I blocked everything in with a its base color (only one of which was a mixed color), then washed the entire mini. It works pretty well, and goes fairly quickly. Here are the results for my Americans:
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Another squad in different lighting:
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I used exactly the same approach for my 8th Army Brits:
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These guys were even easier because I could apply the base coat with an airbrush, which is a big time-saver.

The wash I use is MinWax Polyshades Antique Walnut (which you can get from HomeDepot and which is almost exactly the same as Army Painter Strong Tone but a quarter the price). It's enamel and dries super-shiny, but a coat or two of Testors Dull-Cote takes care of that. Some people swear by the dip method, but I like to apply it with a brush because it gives me more control.

If it helps, my recipe for American infantry (and the order I apply them) is:
Boots: VMC Flat Brown
Gaiters: VMC German Camo Beige
Pants: VMC US Field Drab
Skin: VMC Flat Flesh
Jackets: VMC German Camo Biege
Shirt collars/Kerchiefs (where visible): US Field Drab
Web Gear and Slings: 1:1 mix VMC Russian Uniform and VMC Pastel Green.
Helmets: VMC US Dark Green
Helmet Straps: VMC Flat Brown (if I'm feeling frisky I'll highlight this with VMC Flat Earth)
Gun Stocks: VMC Mahogany Brown
Wash: MinWax Polyshades Antique Walnut
Testors Dull-Cote (just a quick coat to make the next steps easier)
Gun Metal: VMC Black followed by a drybrush of Ral Partha Steel (you could substitute any dark metallic here).
Eyes (VMC White and VMC Black, only if you're feeling brave - tabletop-quality minis don't really need eyes picked out)
Base to taste
Testors Dull-Cote (a complete coat)

VMC in this context is Vallejo Model Color, so as you can see I'm limiting myself to a handful of colors all from the same manufacturer, which makes my life much easier. If I paint a batch of US GIs now (like if I get around to painting that 47mm AT gun and crew), they'll look exactly the same as ones I did two years ago.

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Re: Painting 28mm infantry

Post by geoffbarrall » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:57 pm

Here's my guide to painting US Infantry with (mostly) Vallejo paints ...

http://bayareaminiatures.com/wp/2018/07 ... uide-wwii/

They end up looking like this....

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I hope it helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Re: Painting 28mm infantry

Post by john de terre neuve » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:13 am

some great painting there.

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Re: Painting 28mm infantry

Post by JOHN BOND 001 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:42 am

Agree John, some nice painting there , love your work on the 8th army, Munin.
I have posted a painting guide its not for US, its for British infantry but it maybe helpful.
follow this link:
http://iagsmgm.blogspot.com/2017/06/lat ... guide.html
cheers John

acctingman
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Re: Painting 28mm infantry

Post by acctingman » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:37 pm

Wow, great work gentleman.

Thank you all very much!

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Re: Painting 28mm infantry

Post by Iztvan » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:07 pm

There are some nice youtube videos that are good to check out.

The War Gamer
https://youtu.be/C2fdVyyudwc

Sonic Sledgehammer
https://youtu.be/Q4dLwD_UNTg

WSS Christy
https://youtu.be/sGmn2uupHOA

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Re: Painting 28mm infantry

Post by Iztvan » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:07 pm

There are some nice youtube videos that are good to check out.

The War Gamer
https://youtu.be/C2fdVyyudwc

Sonic Sledgehammer
https://youtu.be/Q4dLwD_UNTg

WSS Christy
https://youtu.be/sGmn2uupHOA

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