The main job was painting the German feldgrau uniform.
Feldgrau is a tricky colour to get just right. Experts posting on the internet (of whom there are many, but of which I am certainly not one) mention that there were different shades of feldgrau depending on the time of the war, the age of the cloth, the wear and tear of the uniform, the state of the German chemicals industry and so on. Most of the examples I have seen in museums and in re-enactment displays (like the one below from “Wrest Park at War” last month) are a green-grey in sunlight, but seem to be a darker grey when out of direct sunlight.
As mentioned yesterday, I use a 50/50 mix of Vallejo German Uniform and Vallejo German Grey as the base shade colour. let’s call that mixed colour “feldgrau” for convenience. I then highlighted that mixture with Vallejo White, about one part white to thee parts of the mixed feldgrau colour. I added some Windsor and Newton acrylic flow improver to keep the feldgrau paint workable and fluid, and then painted it on the highlighted areas. I then mixed some more feldgrau and added Vallejo White, this time a 50/50 mix of feldgrau and Vallejo White and used the resulting mix for the very fine highlights and creases in the soldiers’ uniforms. I was aiming for a look which emphasised the both the sharp folds in the cloth and also the raised, wider areas of cloth on the arms and legs of the uniform.
The final items in this stage were to finish off a few things I’d not bothered with before. I washed the metal gasmask cases in a diluted wash of Vallejo Black. I painted the green sword knots on the bayonet with a mix of Vallejo Russian Green and Vallejo Yellow …
… and edged around the bases in Louvre black before photographing.
That was about it for highlighting. There’s one stage left, which is what I like to think of as super-detailing of the figures and the bases. It’s one of those (for me) strictly optional stage, but tends to be something I like to do with figures I’ve enjoyed painting – which, after a long delay of getting these figures finished, I have done here.
Hope you can join me next time for that, hopefully later this week.