Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Experiments in Ink Washes

When it comes to paining miniatures, I know very little. But i recently decided to play around with two new ink washes from Vallejo. I bought the Black Model Wash and the Brown Model Wash to see what they would do to my miniatures. I had been using the Windsor & Newton Black india Ink but it was too dark even watered down. So I thought this could be a cool experiment.

So on the seven Spanish Militia I am currently painting for a Pirate SP campaign, I did two in the Brown Wash, Two in the undiluted black wash and the rest in a black wash with 50% water added. It is still drying but I think I like how the brown wash turned out. The white pants didn't come out well on any of them. But the Brown is my current favorite. I will keep this in mind going forward.

If I can get these based, I will be 2/3rds done with my Militia force. I still need to undercoat my remaining regulars. But the problem is, I have new Cold War minis that are distracting me from completing a project. Just picked up some really nice Soviet Infantry support elements that should go really nicely with my existing force. Also got some US support troops as well. I don't know of anyone that does engineer support elements in 15mm for the Cold War. Anyone have any ideas? Specifically mine clearance troops and the like.

Anyways, It feels good to be painting again. Even if I have to use reading glasses to do it. Getting Old sucks. Avoid it if possible.

6 comments:

  1. I don't think there are any 15mm Cold War engineers as, other than a USMC bomb disposal team (Peter Pig), I can't find any. Which is an issue seeing as I just brought a couple of platoons to do a Cold War version of Chain of Command.

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    1. I just looked up the Bomb Disposal team. They are all wearing the specialist space suits for it. Bog standard 80s engineers would not be so equipped, would they? I am wondering if I can kit bash some figures for them. Just need an example of what Soviet and US mine sweepers would look like. I am wondering if I can grab an RTO figure and put a WWII mine detector in place of his weapon? Maybe?

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  2. No, you're right they wouldn't be so well equipped. I think they'd look more or less like the regular infantry but with extra packs and the obvious tools. I'm thinking of converting some of the regular infantry as I'll end up with quite a few spares by the time I've finished. Not sure about the look of US engineers but this will help with the soviets http://coldwargamer.blogspot.co.uk.

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    1. He has a very useful blog. I have been following him for a while.

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  3. I'm not sure if there are any useful engineer pictures on this site but it well worth a look generally as it's a photo reference of all of the NATO exercises http://military-database.de/nationen/streitkrafte-der-vereinigten-staaten-united-states-armed-forces/

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    1. Oh. That is a new site for me. Thanks.

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