Painting Using The Army Painter System – 3: Painting

By Dr Phil Hendry

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Preparation

Once all the preparation was done it was time to get on with the painting proper.  First of all, I dry-brushed the chainmail with Citadel Mithril Silver, then touched up the white primer where my dry-brushing had strayed – as it inevitably does.

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Then it was time to paint the flesh – Foundry Flesh 5B, with the severed head looking suitably pale in 5C.  A blob of 5A inside the severed head’s mouth, and two spots of white for the upper incisors, as well as a bit of gore where the head had joined its body.

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Next came clothing.  Cassius Dio has this to say about her appearance:

“In stature she was very tall, in appearance most terrifying, in the glance of her eye most fierce, and her voice was harsh; a great mass of the tawniest hair fell to her hips; around her neck was a large golden necklace; and she wore a tunic of divers colours over which a thick mantle was fastened with a brooch. This was her invariable attire.”

The ‘tunic of divers colours’ had a light green base, a bold check of a darker green, lined with a dark blue-grey, the whole being set off by either a yellow or red pinstripe going through the middle of the light green squares.  The cloak was to be a dusty blue, with stripes of dark blue-grey and bone.  Her bodyguard was to have yellow trousers with blue stripes and also a red pinstripe.  Here’s a scan of some tests I did (together with the base colour for Boadicea’s hair) on a scrap of paper to see which colours I liked best.

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I decided, after consulting my wife, son and daughter and getting three opinions –, all different from each other and different from my own, to go with B and 2 and to use the red pinstripe, as the yellow didn’t really show up.  So here is the first stage:

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Whilst this was drying, I started to paint the horses and chariot.  I painted the horses’ coats in Foundry Canvas 8A and the chariot body in Vallejo Ochre Brown (856/127).

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Then I painted the manes and tails black, and the side-panels of the chariot in Foundry Madder 60B, and the inside ‘wickerwork’ in Foundry Canvas 8A.

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After that I dry-brushed the black bits on the horses and painted Boltgun Metal on the chariot wheels.

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And here are chariot, horses, etc. with everything except the hooves painted (they were done later, with Foundry Charcoal Grey 34C and Canvas 8A) – note, just one base-coat was used, except on the black parts which are drybrushed grey.  After this the horses and chariot were ready for the ‘Dip’.

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And now the various stages of painting on the checks, stripes and woad on the people. The checks are painted by simply painting stripes in each direction.

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Once all the stripes, checks, etc were painted, it was time to paint the leather belts, straps, etc, using Bestial Brown; the spear shafts with Foundry Spearshaft 13B; Boadicea’s hair with Vallejo Orange Brown (981/131); the ‘ribbon’ on the standard with Foundry Terracotta 37B; the bodyguard’s moustache with a pale grey; etc.

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Then it was time for the metallic paint.  Steel parts were painted with Chainmail, bronze or gold with Foundry Gold 36B.

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And that was that, as far as actual painting was concerned…

Part 4: ‘Dipping’

Part 5: Basing