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« Reply #30 on: 15 March 2013, 01:07:56 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: 15 March 2013, 06:36:22 PM »

Really really good kev it looks like you black undercoat then base colour and highlight?
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« Reply #32 on: 15 March 2013, 07:24:54 PM »

Thanks!!
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« Reply #33 on: 15 March 2013, 08:17:27 PM »

Thanks Matt, yes always black undercoat on 6s and now also 10s, i always leave a black line on 6s or leave the base coat colour showing near the different bits ( jacket to trouser etc)and paint the highlight just away from that as it makes the colours stand out more at a distance and you dont get that all colour running into each other  look, if that makes sense, although i,m sure your well aware of that looking at your quality of work.

Thanks peter
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« Reply #34 on: 16 March 2013, 08:53:19 AM »

Thanks for the info kev. I'm relatively new to this (other than a bit of gw as a kid what you see in my painting diary is all I have) so I'm looking at the best way of doing things particular turning out armies at good quality at a good pace. The technique you ve used is really effective, I undercoat white but seriously thinking about changing. Also basing is very good (something I struggle with) so might copy your style a bit there makes the figures pop  Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: 16 March 2013, 10:56:46 AM »

Matt try using this for undercoating

http://www.minibits.net/VAL73602-p808/

I used to swear by Tamiya XF1 but I've made the switch to this stuff and can only describe myself as one contented rabbit.
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« Reply #36 on: 16 March 2013, 04:34:27 PM »

Thanks gordon, does it come as a spray?
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« Reply #37 on: 16 March 2013, 06:16:15 PM »

Thanks gordon, does it come as a spray?

Vallejo do have some sprays, but I've not started stocking them as yet.  The two things putting me off are firstly the cost (they retail at about 11-12, seems a bit pricey for a spray), and they also can't be shipped outside the UK.
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« Reply #38 on: 16 March 2013, 10:32:49 PM »

nope its not a spray but it can be used neat in an airbrush, or if youre like me (a cheapskate) just plastered on with a big brush.

One thing about it is its self-levelling, yeah that confused me as well, but it seems to be like artists Gesso, no matter how much you slap on it all evaporates and doesnt block up any of the detail.

In short, try it, you'll love it, whats to lose? Its only a fiver, I pay that for a size 3 brush.
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« Reply #39 on: 19 March 2013, 08:52:10 AM »

Kev, that last pic is brilliant, I've always had a softspot for French napoleonics, the only thing that puts me off (ironically, as I love variety) is the research needed to fully understand how the army is put together - pom poms, plumes, epaulettes etc seem to change with every company.

Definitely a project in the far future once I've got a grasp of it.

Thanks for sharing. Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: 19 March 2013, 01:52:14 PM »

Cheers Ry,

I have a couple of funcken and a waterloo armies book that covers most things, anything else i use the net. A nice period to do if you like lots of colour.
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« Reply #41 on: 20 March 2013, 09:15:51 AM »

Kev, that last pic is brilliant, I've always had a softspot for French napoleonics, the only thing that puts me off (ironically, as I love variety) is the research needed to fully understand how the army is put together - pom poms, plumes, epaulettes etc seem to change with every company.

Definitely a project in the far future once I've got a grasp of it.

Thanks for sharing. Smiley

Ry, much of what was worn by the French army was dictated by a) what was available and b) what the colonel of the regiment thought looked cool. So, within reason, you can paint what you like. Grenadier plumes, cords, epaulets etc were always red; voltigeur colours were red over yellow or green over yellow; and the fusiliers' pom-poms were a different colour for each company. Don't let it put you off.  Thumbs up
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