Undercoat and Boots
Welcome back to my painting blog for FSA Infantry.
Undercoating is the most important part of the process – without a good undercoat every layer of paint after that will be affected.
I like to use a white undercoat on my models as it makes the colours brighter – which comes in handy as I also like to wash all my miniatures, producing a slightly darker tone.
Start off by spraying all five sides of the model (front, back, left, right, top). You should aim for a light dusting effect rather than a total white out. Spray across the model rather than starting and stopping the spray pointed directly at the model.
The more spray you use, the less detail on the model. A good way to judge if you’ve got enough on is too look at the slotta-base – if you can just make out the black through the spray then you have enough.
Allow the model to dry overnight; if you live in an area with high humidity then you might want to allow a longer drying time (or even hold off your undercoating for a drier day as the spray can pick up the moisture in the area and transfer it to your model).
Okay time to get our paint brushes and apply the first coat. I like to work up the model, starting with the feet. Some of the colours I’m about to mention have been replaced in that companies colour range – if you want to copy my colour scheme just find a colour that closely matches what i have used. If you intending to expand your force, you might want to pick up a couple of extra pots of paint just in case your colour is retired from the range.
First colour is GW Adeptus Battlegrey. This I painted on the side and underneath the soles of the boots. Some models are in a kneeing position, showing all the sole of one foot; others were standing and my terrain only showed a part of the sole.
Second colour is GW Fortress Grey. This is painted across the top of the foot and up the shins, taking care to cover the very top of the boot showing just under the long coat and above the shin guard.
To finish off the boot I used GW Chainmail. Chainmail is applied to the Shin guards and their side straps. I also covered the front of the boot, showing these infantry models have steel caps.
Here is an example of how the three colours appear on the model.
Also if you painting a number of infantry; it might be a good idea to paint the same part on each model at the same time (EG: all the soles at the same time, then all the boots, then all the shin guards). This allows the paint to dry before using the next colour and you can see if you make any mistakes quite easily.
So that is all for part 3. In Part 4 I tackle the biggest area of the model – the long coat.
Take care out there and watch out for those exploding 6’s!