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The Great Isolation Army Project: Max Ayson’s US: Part Three

In this third installment, Max gives more detail on his technique for painting up his new army.

The Great Isolation Army Project: Max Ayson’s US: Part Three
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Progress has been slightly slower with this update, as I am no longer Furloughed! So on the plus side I’m getting out of the house and shipping you lovely lot hobby goodies (following social distancing guidelines and obsessive washing of hands of course!) however on the downside no lie-ins!

Between packing orders, I have found some stuff to paint and model, the army is all but done now (for 1000 points at least). If i could ship Stalingrad orders and paint GI’s I would, but alas work has caught up with me!

Squad Three

Squad Four

This week’s addition is another 20 soldiers, plus a Machine gun jeep, there’s a few minor kit bashes in the squad using German bare heads from other kits or the metal upgrade set along with the arm holding the helmet down. These little conversions add a little flavour to an army in my opinion. Though I’m close to finishing my initial 1000 point list I am also adding a few last units so that I can make a 1000 point inexperienced version of this list to represent the first few weeks of the campaign. This will mean I’ll need a few more units like a light mortar and some medium artillery plus a medic squad, a chaplain and air observers as well as a handful more infantry to bump up the squad sizes from 10 to 12! It turns out you can really squeeze in a lot of units when your core is all cheap inexperienced troops!

This list is also going to be used in a themed tournament coming up later this year, its from the SSWG guys, and I did a write up of that tournament here: I’d be surprised If I’m not the only guy there with a mostly inexperienced army!

Redeploying Medium Machine Gun Team


Painting Tips!

A few people on my Facebook page and the Bolt action groups have been asking for a guide to paint these units, and here it is!

As this sort of thing takes forever to write up properly I’ve simply listed what paints go into which step. Generally, I undercoat every part of the model in the first colour, then wash the whole model with the washes listed. If you just want your army tabletop ready then stopping here wouldn’t be a bad call, as the models will already have the right colours and look pretty dang good.

Then wait for that to dry I'll have a cuppa tea (or a beer if it’s not a school night!) then get back to it painting on the highlights, followed finally by basing and decals. I paint in batches ranging from 3 (if it’s a team weapon) all the way up to batches of 10 for whole squads. However there is no right or wrong way to go about this so find the batch size that works for you, I know a lot of people like 5’s as a number to stop them getting bogged down yet still churn out a large number of minis.

Stage One

Stage Two

Stage Three

Stage Four

Paints Used


Base: 917: Beige

Wash: a 50/50 water to AP Light Tone mix

Highlight: 917 Beige


Base: AP Tanned Flesh

Wash: a 50/50 water to Flesh Tone mix

Highlight: AP Barbarian Flesh

Highlight: 845 Sunny Skin


Base: 876 Brown Sand

Wash: AP Mid Brown

Highlight: Brown Sand

Helmet & Grenades

Base: 887: US Olive Drab

Wash: 50/50 mix of AP Military Shader

Highlight: US 887 Olive Drab mixed with a little 837 Pale Sand

Add more 837 Pale Sand to produce highlights until its bright enough.

Belt, pouches & Y straps

Base: 918 Ivory

Wash: a 50/50 water to AP Light Tone Wash

Highlight edges with 918 Ivory


Base: 981 Orange Brown

Wash: AP Mid Brown

Highlight: 981 Orange Brown


Base: 863 Gunmetal Grey

Wash: AP Dark Tone

Highlight: 865 Oily Steel

Backpack & other bags

Base: 873 US Field Drab

Wash: AP Mid Brown

Highlight: 873 US Field Drab

Highlight: 988 Khaki

Gun Strap & Boots

Base: 818 Red Leather

Wash: AP Mid Brown

Knife Handles

Base: 866 Grey Green

Wash: AP Dark Tone

Until next time folks! I wouldn’t be surprised if the next update takes a little longer due to being back at work, but hopefully, the next update will be this whole army together and finished, and then hopefully after that we’ll be in a position where I can get a game in with these guys and post a report of that so we can see the brave GIs in action!

Max Ayson
Max is most frequently found at either in the customer service office or at a painting table. When not painting or working Max can frequently be found at Bolt Action tournaments or camping in a field wearing silly costumes!