Tuesday, 24 December 2019

First Desert War British

The first of my 8th army roll off the production line.  That’s really how I view this painting project; a production line.  But in a good sense, as it’s quite enjoyable.  Here are a light mortar team, a medical orderly and a junior leader.


These first figures are really a ‘test’ in that I’m figuring out which colours to use for the various items of uniform and kit.
Base colours before the wash
They are very much painted in the “three foot away on a nice gaming table” style ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I’m very happy with that.

Paint recipe:
Flesh - Foundry 5B
Shirts, shorts & helmet - VMC Iraqi Sand
Helmet also in Foundry 11B
Webbing - 11B or English Uniform or Dark Sand
Bags - 11B or Dark Sand
Jumper - English uniform
Socks - 11B
Puttees (?) - Iraqi sand
Can use other colours for socks, puttees?
Weapon stock - GW Scorched Brown
Boots and weapons - black

Wash with Agrax Earthshade, then highlight with original colours.  Webbing can be painted in Iraqi Sand when doing shirts then just picked out with Dark Sand or even Foundry Boneyard light.  Variety is key as new recruits arrive with regulation kit whereas veterans have weather worn gear plus items that have been “customised”, acquired from the enemy, etc.

So that’s my first lot of figures for the painting challenge.  Plenty more to go though.

Merry Christmas everyone!

8 comments:

Phil Robinson said...

A fine start there Matt.

Merry Christmas.

The Wargames Table said...

Thanks Phil ๐Ÿ™‚

George Anderson said...

Onwards and upwards Matt, Merry Chrimbo.

The Wargames Table said...

You too George!

Paul Scrivens-Smith said...

Seasons Greeting Matt.
I did a bit of mix and match for some of the colours when I did mine, the recipe I used back in 2013 is here.
https://scrivsland.blogspot.com/2013/06/painting-perry-desert-rats-half-box.html

The Wargames Table said...

Hey Paul, thanks for the painting info! I'll have a proper look when I'm back at my painting table ;o) Have a splendid festive season mate.

Moiterei_1984 said...

Fine work so far!

The Wargames Table said...

Thanks Nick ๐Ÿ™‚