Puma 28mm - A painting guide for impatient wargamers. (no airbrush).
I had been asked to illustrate my "cartoon" style of painting vehicles so i thought I'd do that on this Warlord (Italeri) 1/56th or 28mm Puma.
It's a style I've recently developed on my 15mm and 20mm models so see what you think.
The key here is that I'm impatient and like things done in one sitting! Also I'm an amateur with no access to fancy airbrushes and finally they are wargaming toys not museum pieces.
|My first 28mm effort having come from a 15mm and 20mm background in gaming.|
|First I undercoat with Halfords Khaki Ultra Matt Spray so i have a light colour that takes the base colour in one coat..|
|The base colour is Vallejo Middlestone.|
|Now the scary bit, using Retractive Green, I boldly apply the basic stripes of the camo pattern I want. No airbrush means straight edges but don't panic, it'll look alright at the end.|
|Next use a grey colour to do the tyres and crew uniform. I use Vallejo dark rubber.|
|Next the fun bit, a dry-brush all over the model (not tyres) mixing 1/3 Middlestone to 2/3 Buff. Or thereabouts. Dont be precious, we are looking to pick out edges a little and scratch up the paintwork. Then do the tyres using a lighter shade of the grey.|
|Now the edging stage - using a secret ingredient - a Rotring Isograph technical pen which I last used at college in the mid twelfth century. I forgot that I had this pen until recently and gave it a go with some 20mm vehicles lately. I'm sure cheaper alternatives exist nowadays so see what suits you best. The trick is the ink, its black and that's too stark so I found some brown ink on EBAY and mix that with the black inside the pen resevoir. (25% black to 75% brown ish).|
|So five minutes later, all the panels and protruding objects are lined in ink. The oily brown colour is perfect for this.|
|This process is where the time is saved I think and I haven't seen it used before. Its bold and striking which is what I want. This paint job is to look good from eye level on a wargames table, not on a turntable in a painting competition :)|
|Next I wanted to add a wash to the tyres so i used the new Dark Tone that i bought last week at my local show.|
|Now I use Vallejo Dark Rubber to paint the "walls" of the tyres again, obscuring the dry brush effects from those areas. this allows the wheels to align in style with the bodywork.|
|Fill your boots adding detail to shovels (Panzer grey for metal, Tan Yellow for wood, Flat Brown for Bakerlite handles (like those seen at Bovington here). Or if in a real hurry don't paint them at all, many times they were simply sprayed over when the vehicle was painted in the field.|
|See how the "01" Decal on this 15mm tank has wrapped around the raised structure after being dabbed with DecalFix.|
|Next a spot of "Chipping", mixing 25% Flat Brown to 75% Dark rubber (or whatever you have similar, I've used Mahogany and German Grey in the past). Use a bit of foam packaging to GENTLY dab a few chips onto the vehicle. Less is more.|
|A quick squirt of Testors Matt Dulcote and that's it! Start to finish 3 hours work plus about one hour drying (wash stages).|
|So a fast paint job done in a flash as I wanted it ready for a game with my son on the Saturday. After i had finished it though, he had changed his mind and didn't fancy a game after all- the allure of Xbox being too great. |
Oh the joys of parenthood!