Painting Clinic: Speed Painting Japanese Infantryman

With our latest PDF Painting Guide for the Japanese is available to download ‘here’, super-fast painter Andrew Chesney shares his methods for getting your Japanese forces painted up and on the battlefield in double-quick time:


Ches: When you’re getting started on a new force, one of the first stages is working out the colour scheme for the uniform. You can research this online or in the relevant Osprey uniform guide, or of course, just use your imagination. To help with this step, Warlord has created a number of painting guides and starter paint sets using the Vallejo military colours, chosen to give you just the right colours for each army.


While you may well want to lavish more time and effort on vehicles and commanders, these guides use mainly the colours from the paint sets (plus sometimes a few common colours like gun metal and a flesh tone, plus sprays and Quickshade wash), and demonstrate how you can get your troops ready for battle quickly and easily in just a few steps.

Japanese Army infantryman

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Paints Required:  

Desert Yellow Primer

Imperial Japanese paint set

A mid flesh tone paint

Army Painter: Dark Tone Quickshade

Army Painter: Matt Varnish

j11. As with any figure all the mould lines were carefully cleaned. It was based with sand on a 25mm base. I used the Desert Yellow spray for this model as it would give a great base layer for the uniform as well as being perfect for a sandy beach base.

j22. The majority of the model had a coat of the Japanese Uniform paint. The flesh was painted in a mid tone.

j33. The boots, belts and ammo pouches were painted in Flat Earth. The weapon stock in Flat Brown. The Gun Metal went on to the rifle barrel and any tools visible. Finally the shirts and puttees were painted Green Grey.

j44. The whole model was given a liberal coating of the Army Painter: Dark Tone Quickshade. This shades every part of the figure by collecting in the creases and giving the illusion of you spending extra time layering the colours! Once it’s completely dry, a spray of matt varnish removes the shine and protects the paint.

j55. With a quick dry-brush of Stone Grey on the already sand-coloured base, I added some Army Painter Highland tufts and some basic hedge foliage for contrast.

So within 15 minutes (not including the overnight drying of the Quickshade) I had a battle ready Japanese Infantry! Give it a go & let us know how it went over on the Warlord Games Forum



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