The next task was undercoating them and that was done Sunday morning before going out. I will post some pictures later of my improvised spray painting chamber but suffice it to say at the moment that it worked and I am able to spray paint inside the apartment without colouring the room black!
I sprayed and then went out to let the troops dry. I undercoated in black as this provides a natural shading to colours and speeds the painting process. The downside is that it makes the detail on the figures difficult to see. There is a solution to that and that is that once the undercoat has dried, give the figures a white brush. More on that later.
The Koreans now moved to the painting table.
The next step was to wash the base in a burnt umber colour. This is going to provide the base colour for the bases and it is good to get the bases finished first as the process tends to splash paint around a little and this way I don’t paint over any detail already painted.
The photograph to the right shows the bases after the wash. As you can see, the brown wash (about 50:50 acrylic paint and water) almost disappears into the black bases.
The next step in the process was to apply a heavy dry-brush of white paint to the figures.
The white (again, acrylic paint – I am inly using acrylics now) is thinned a little with some water and applied with a flat brush that is about 5-8mm across. Working quickly and the thinned white looks like a grey on the figures but helps pick out the detail on the figure. This has two effects. One is that it starts to provide light and shade on the figure, the other is that is makes it easier to see the detail to paint on the figure.
That’s about where I got to on Sunday night. Monday night’s painting will be to finish the painting of the bases (more burnt umber followed by three shades of brown) and maybe start on the light troops or the cataphracts, both of which should be fairly quick to paint.