DeBAKLe 2013 — 15 February 2014 — The Army Painting Progress — Day 2

Thomo's Painting Hole with the Nubians under paint - reference pictures handing from the shelves
Thomo’s Painting Hole with the Nubians under paint – reference pictures handing from the shelves

I thought I would start today’s painting update with a shot of Thomo’s Painting area – set in the man cave.

I admire deeply all those fellow wargamers who have a neat painting area, with paints all colour coded in special stands. Really, I do admire that. I am a little more laissez faire in my wargames workshop storage skills however.

Yep, stuff everywhere but hey, I know where to find everything — even if the lady had to show me where I put my dried grass tufts tonight!

On to the painting report. The picture to the right is the current position of the army.

Painting Progress -- Day 2
Painting Progress — Day 2

After the basing and undercoating yesterday, today I got the bases almost finished. Three dry brushes of increasingly lighter browns has given a good desert appearance, I think. The last colour will be a dry brush of a light grey only to larger rocks.

I also tested the skin tones for the Nubians today. I tried a black wash on the brown undercoat and a brown wash. Both left the skin tone a little light for my tastes. I then used some Citadel Scorched Brown (I think that is now called Rhinox Hide) for the base skin tone and tested again with a brown and a black wash. The darker brown with the black wash is the winner in this case, giving a good, dark skin tone for the Nubians, who the ancient Egyptians described as being very dark.

So, 40% of the five days gone and tonight I am going to bed considering the leopard skin tunics for some and wondering, were black panthers found that far north? 🙂

Nubians in the Desert
Nubians in the Desert

Lastly, I thought I would leave you all with a shot of the first three almost finished bases – three bases of Psiloi. The only thing left to do on these is to touch up the brown around the edge of the bases and then varnish. I’m temped to gloss varnish then matt varnish the figures so that they end up with a nice satin sheen. I’m still; thinking about that.

In the meantime, you can get an idea of how my desert bases are going to look now.

To sleep, perchance to dream … about leopard skins!

3 thoughts on “DeBAKLe 2013 — 15 February 2014 — The Army Painting Progress — Day 2

  1. Doug 10 February 2014 / 5:14 am

    Looking good there Thomo


  2. Daniel 10 February 2014 / 8:34 pm

    Yeah, great progress in two days. The skin tone turned out really nice; I’ve never painted skin that dark before, so I’m interested to hear Scorched Brown (maybe my all-time favourite paint!) as a base with a black wash is one way to go. Looking forward to Update #3! 🙂


  3. Thomo the Lost 10 February 2014 / 9:45 pm

    I’m also looking forward to update number 3 … you’ve just spurred me into the man cave again and off the PC. Two stylised leopard skins coming up tonight I hope 🙂


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