It's been about 20 years since I last painted miniatures on a regular basis, so I'm a bit rusty. Issue 7 of Oubliette will have an interview with Richard and a feature on miniatures. In the meantime, I plan to paint the selection of figures he kindly gave me, and post a paint log for each of them. I'll include brief details of the paints and materials used, the basic techniques, and step-by-step photos. I'm not claiming to be an authority on miniature painting, or to have a great talent for it, but beginners might pick up a few tips on how to paint miniatures to a reasonable gaming standard. I'll also find the painting logs useful in case I need to paint more of the same type of figures and need them look the same as ones painted previously.
Paint Log 1 - Otherworld Miniatures Giant Rats DV3a
- Matt black undercoat (Humbrol Matt Black enamel). If you have a matt black spray it will save time. Sometimes I use a white undercoat, but as the rats are going to be quite dark, black gives a better base. The undercoat allows water based paints to be applied more easily and produces a stronger, more even finish.
- Dark brown basecoat (Miniature Paints Umber). Gives a solid dark brown shade. Thanks to the black undercoat only a thin coat is required.
- Medium brown drybrush (Vallejo Flat Earth). The whole miniature is drybrushed quite heavily so it looks much lighter.
- Light brown drybrush (Vallejo Light Brown). Again over the whole miniature but with a much lighter touch. Then heavier drybrushing on the nose, paws and tail.
- Light flesh drybrush (Citadel Elf Flesh). Only on the nose, paws and tail.
- Dark brown wash (Miniature Paints Umber). Only applied to small areas as required to tidy up imperfections left by stray drybrushing.
- White (Citadel White). Paint the teeth and also use as a base colour to help the eyes stand out.
- Red (Citadel Blood Red). Paint the over the white laid down on the eyes.
- The rats come with thin metal flagstone effect base and 25mm round plastic bases. For me these are a little large so I made my own bases using pennies and cork discs. I'll make use of the flagstone ones with some other figures though.
- Glue rats to bases.
- Black wash (Humbrol Matt Black enamel). Thin coat applied to cork base.
- Varnish (Quickshade Stron Tone). This varnishes and shades the figure in one go. It softens the effect of drybrushing to give a neater finish.
- Matt Varnish Spray (Army Painter Matt Anti-shine Spray). This is optional and gives the flat matt finish that most painters prefer.