So I post a long-winded 2013 update and, of course, less than an hour later I get an email from another local gaming acquaintance that throws my plans into upheaval.
It looks like 28mm Napoleonics is back on the front burner again so it’s time to order some more Russian figures. I’m still not happy with the quality of painting I’m doing with 28mm Horse & Musket figures so I’m going to try some new techniques (again). The upshot of all this is that my second battalion of Sash & Saber Russian Musketeers is going back in the pickle jar for paint removal yet again. These poor bastards should be used to it by now. First I was multiple attempts with a black undercoat, then one with a white undercoat. Now it’s something completely different.
I’ve been watching videos on YouTube regardind different airbrush techniques, and one I plan to try out now is zenithal shading. In a nutshell, basically you prime the entire figure in a dark primer (black in my case), then shoot the figure with a lighter-colored primer (Grey) from above at a 45 degree angle, putting a lighter base on the areas that you would expect to be hit with sunlight. Finally you pick out the areas of interest or topmost parts of the figure with white primer. This allows some natural shading & highlighting that you then overspray with thin coats of color, so hopefully allowing some built-in shading.
I’ve been frustrated with trying to get clean paintjobs over dark foundations, so instead of slopping on the black & dark green paint & then trying to do a decent job with belting & shako cords I’ll get the white details sorted first & then carefully fill in with the darker colors. We’ll see how this goes.
My goal is to use the S&S miniatures as guinea pigs so I can have a technique figured out before I start working on Perry, Foundry and/or Warlord Games’ ranges of figures.