These are the first 28mm figures I've painted in many years. I was a little brush-shy at first, not being used to this scale. However, once I got started things flowed quickly. They are very easy figures to paint. In particular, the castings were very clean with no flash to remove.
I began by reading Bob Murch's notes on how to paint the figures. I took particular notice of his comments regarding selecting a consistent pallet for my war band. Then, I did a Google Image search for "Iroquois war paint" and another for "Iroquois tattoos" to find good examples to model my work on. I then set to work, in this sequence:
- Glued figures to 1"-round bases.
- Undercoated in black gesso mixed 50:50 with matt medium, both
Liquitex products then dry brushed with Folkart "Charcoal" to highlight
details. Also, makes flint spear tips look "flinty".
- Mixed Folkart "Dark Flesh" and "Terracotta" at 4:1 and painted
all flesh. Washed flesh with very thin coat of Galleria "Burnt Umber".
Highlighted flesh with Folkart “Dark Flesh”.
- Wet brushed wood with Folkart "Spice Brown" or "Walnut". Dry brushed wooden armour with Americana "Fawn"
- Painted leather with a one of Folkart "Camel", "Spice Brown", "Terracotta" and Americana "Fawn".
- Wet brushed feathers and added decorative details with Folkart "Raw Linen".
- Painted balls of war clubs and decorative details with Folkart "Terracotta"
- Added war paint using "Terracotta" and a 5:1 blend of "Black"
and "Charcoal", all by Folkart. Also highlighted hair with the
- Picked out beadwork and other decorative accents with Folkart "Sea Blue" (a turquoise colour).
- Used an artist's marker with the finest tip to add tattoos and decorations to weapons and shields.
- Textured bases with Lepage "Walnut" Wood Filler.
- Flocked bases with "Italian Blend" bulk spices. Once dry,
stained the flocking with a 40:40:20 blend of water, PVA glue and
Galleria "Burnt Umber".