First stab at the finished product 1/300 Heroics and Ross: Panzer IV F2's and a Hanomag 251/1. The base coat of Tamiya XF-60 Dark Yellow, covered by a wash of Games Workshop Devlan Mud. Strips of Tamiya Olive Drab XF-62. An additional wash of Devlan Mud, a tad watered down, followed by a lighter highlight of Olive Drab XF-62 mixed with the drying remains of a Sunburst Yellow (now contaminated with various greens it has to be said) over the green stripes and Dark Yellow XF-60 mixed with Anita's Acrylic Cream. Just to experiment I dabbed another Games Workshop wash, a redder Ogryn Flesh as a final brown wash. I then had a dab here and there with tiny amounts of Anita's Acrylics Cream. See below for the result.
The bases were small,granular grit (I forgot to top up with some sand from the local beach at the weekend when I took the family out for the fresh salt air - tires the kids out!) laid over wood glue which works a ton better than the old PVA I previously used. The grit and glue is allowed to dry and then a wash of Anita's Acrylic Earth Brown is soaked into the surface. When dry a Anita Acrylic cream light wet brush picks out the tops of the pebbles. Patches of watered down PVA then catch a light flocking (not the static grass type but the more crumbly stuff) of a green/brown mixture.
Well that's my home grown "cookie recipe" for painting and basing the 1/300 toys. I am not too sure that this works well, I think it looks a tad spotty rather than stripey. Meanwhile on the painting tray I finally took on the "Four Horsemen" so desperately needed for my next Impetus game (see below for a look at Mr. "War").
Again the Blackberry is a poor choice of tool to get a fine detail, I will try and get my other camera on the case. These 28mm figures were hit with the standard three tone painting scheme I adopt for the big scale stuff. The hardcore element of the figures was painting the darn horses, how to get various shades and a mottled skin (see below). This is something I wrestled with and had to resort to reading my daughter's "Horses and Ponies" books. Answering questions like what colour is a horses tail and mane to be painted? Sometimes "just brown" is not the answer.
Soon the "Four" shall be unleashed on the unsuspecting Impetus world as my learning adventure continues ... scene fades with manic laughter echoing away ...