Expensive sable brushes of size 1 e 2 are an essential piece of equipaggiamento. These brushes can cost as much as US $ 10.00 (£ 7.00) each, but they are worth every penny considering the excellent painting results one can achieve con high quality brushes. Sable brushes will last a long time, particularly if they are cleaned con dishwashing detergent on a routine basis. Cheap brushes lose their tip almost immediately e they are ruined very quickly.
Smaller brushes of size 0 o even 00 are not recommended for painting soldatini in this scale. These small brushes hold so little paint that they need to be reloaded practically after every single brush stroke. The constant interruption will result in a lower quality output ed it will significantly slow down your painting speed. With the proper brushes, painting a reggimento of 24 soldatini in one evening should be no problem.
Paintbrushes ed Accessories
- Size 1, 2 e 10 Paintbrushes
- Dishwashing Detergent
- Narrow Wooden Ruler o Balsa Stick
- Dupli-Color Fondo Ancorante Grigio
Enamel Paint & Thinner
- Revell, Humbrol, Testors etc.
Artist Acrylic Paint
- PRIMAkryl, AQUATEC, o FERRARIO
Painting con Enamel Colours
Painting instructions are usually found on the reverse of the figure boxes. The required Revell Colours are listed con order numbers, for easy reference. These colours are already available in the exact shades required to paint the soldatini. Enamel paint needs to be stirred thoroughly before use, in order to achieve a matt finish.
Soldatini need to be degreased prima di dipingere, to ensure that the paint will stick to the plastic. Wash them in warm water e dishwashing detergent, then dry the soldatini con a towel. Mount the soldatini on a narrow wooden ruler o on a stick of balsa wood, to facilitate handling. Distances between soldatini can be as little as 10 mm, provided that all parts of a figure can be reached con the brush. Fanteria are usually mounted side by side e turned 45 degrees to the right, cavalieri one behind the other. Mount soldatini of the same pose immediately next to eachother, you will learn to paint them more quickly e con greater precision as you repeat the same brushstrokes on similarly posed soldatini.
Soldatini should be undercoated con matt white enamel paint to achieve better luminescence of the uniform colours. The undercoat can be applied con a large brush, spreading the paint evenly ed in a thin layer. Let the undercoat dry overnight. It is useful to prepare several reggimenti at the same time, wash them, mount them ed undercoat them all in one evening.
Painting is done in the same order that a figure would normally dress itself, shirt, trousers, jacket e cuffs, belts e pouches, boots, headdress, armi e so forth. Areas that are difficult to reach must be painted early on, this is called painting from the inside out. Paint soldatini from the same reggimento in one batch, 24 trousers followed by 24 jackets e so on. Doing so requires some discipline, because results are not immediately apparent, but this assembly-line process is the quickest way to success. soldatini in this scale are most impressive when displayed en masse, mounted on scale terrain. Mass production is the way to achieve this result quickly ed in high quality.
Revell Colours dry quickly, facilitating mass production. When soldatini are painted in assembly-line fashion you need not wait for paint to dry, the first figure will have dried enough by the time you finish the last figure in the batch. White belts or facing colour applied over red uniforms may sometimes turn pink, but this problem can be corrected later con another round of white paint. An even better way to prevent red paint from bleeding into white crossbelts is to undercoat the belts con black prima di dipingere them white. If the black paint were to bleed through, it would give the belts a nice shading effect. A fine black line should be left along the edges of the belts, shading the undersides of the belts, where they meet the uniform.
A darker version of the uniform colour is used to shade folds, creases as well as the undersides of arms e legs that are not exposed to direct sunlight. To highlight the uniform, white is mixed con the uniform colour ed applied to any raised surfaces. Enamel paint dries very quickly, making it relatively difficult to achieve gradual changes in colour by blending the uniform colour con the shades e highlights.
Enamel paint flows very well when it is thinned con paint medium, it may also stay wet longer ed allow some blending of shades e highlights. However, when too much paint medium is used, the enamel will dry con a semi-gloss o even glossy finish. In this case, clear matt varnish may be applied to the soldatini to restore the matt finish.
Enamel paint hardens when dry. Accordingly, when painted soft soldatini plastici are bent, the enamel paint may crack ed even chip off. Extended armi, arms e legs are often damaged in this way. It is nearly impossible to prevent this kind of damage, other than by not touching the painted soldatini again. Some painters will undercoat their soldatini con nailpolish to harden them even more, but even this treatment offers very little protection. In addition, nailpolish obscures some of the fine detail on the soldatini. As a rule, soldatini painted con enamel paint should be kept behind glass, where they are safe from grasping hands.
Painting con Artist Arcrlics
Acrylic paint forms a strong bond con soft soldatini plastici. As it dries, the paint will shrink onto the soldatini like a second skin. Acrylic paint remains surprisingly elastic ed it does not easily chip off when the figure is bent. If you play con your soldatini o use them for wargaming, acrylic paint will give you a long-lasting finish. Acrylic paint is water soluable e brushes can be cleaned with water, unhealthy thinners are not used during the painting process.
One disavantage of acrylic paint, particularly the hobby paints sold in jars, is that it will simply run off the figure if thinned too much. Undiluted artist acrylics in tubes must be used on soft soldatini plastici. These paints are a little more expensive, but they last a very long time. Fewer paints are required, we will learn to mix any colour in the spectrum by blending a few base colours. This is possible because acrylic paint can be kept fluid over extended periods of time simply by adding water e keeping the paint on a plastic o glass palette. By keeping the uniform base colour fluid, it can later be shaded e highlighted as needed.If you mix your own paint, 10 tubes of acrylic paint replace the 30-40 tins of enamel you might otherwise use:
- Ivory Black, AQUATEC Nr. 45212
- White, FERRARIO Nr. 1
- Cadmium Yellow, FERRARIO Nr. 5
- Carmine Red, PRIMAcryl Nr. 13340
- Indigo, PRIMAcryl Nr. 13449
- Burnt Umber,PRIMAcryl Nr.13669
- Raw Sienna, PRIMAcryl Nr. 13662
- Gold, AQUATEC Nr. 45281
- Silver, PRIMAcryl Nr. 13881
- Viridian Matt, PRIMAcryl Nr. 13559
Viridian Matt (green) can be mixed, but we use this colour so often that it is worth getting a tube of it. White is used in such large quantities for undercoating, highlighting e blending, that we recommend the 250ml tube by Ferrario.
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