Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Painting the LRDG Chevrolet from"The Sting of the Scorpion" by Battlefront for Flames of War

I have always had a particular liking for the way the LRDG adapted their Chevrolet trucks (1942 Canadian Chevy, right hand drive, India format to give them their correct title). Loads of stowage and MGs of various types and the hotchpotch uniforms of the crew make these interesting subjects to model and paint.

The models included in the “Sting of the Scorpion” wargame set, from the Flames of War range by Battlefront, are beautifully detailed and crying out for a proper paint job. I have never liked the way Battlefront painted these Flames of War models for their promotional material, black lining, little or no weathering and dry brushing in my opinion gave the impression of a rushed paint job and gives the models a basic and rather crude toy soldier like quality. I have applied techniques which I believe create a much more realistic and satisfactory appearance worthy of such well detailed models.

There is plenty of research material and photographs available of the actual vehicles and some inspirational larger scale models available on the web as a simple search on Google will prove. This research is important to be able achieve the weather beaten and eclectic look of the vehicles.

The first part of the job as always is to clean and undercoat the models. Games Workshop Skull White is more effective than black for sand/ochre coloured models and keeps the colour bright and clean. The models were then airbrushed overall Sand Yellow from the Vallejo air range of colours.

Once the basic colour has dried sufficiently it is time to start the shading of the truck. This is done with the excellent washes from Games Workshop. These need to be thinned and applied in near transparent layers to achieve the subtle graduation of the shading required for the LRDG Chevy. I employed the full range of browns through black and these were painted on rather than simply flooded or washed over the model. This is a time consuming task but the overall effect and the subtlety than can be achieved is well worth the effort.

The stowage and other detail on the model need to be picked out before painting it in detail. This effectively lifts the detail of the model and makes it much easier to paint. The tyres (tires for our American cousins) were painted basalt grey and then detailed with numerous washes of black before receiving a final layer of Devlan Brown to finish. This provides a fine weathered appearance that won’t need dry brushing.

The highlights for the model are simply a mix of Sand Yellow and white thinned to about 7 parts water to 3 parts paint and applied in layers. This is what gives the model of the LRDG Chevrolet its sun bleached quality. Once this is done the model is set aside to allow the paint to dry thoroughly before painting in the stowage. Again I referenced the colours of the equipment on Google before painting. The stowage is painted in exactly the same manner I paint my figures. Blocked, shaded and high lighted for effect.

A few stone chips and some peeling paint detail was added just to finish and give the model Chevy the necessary workhorse appearance that the LRDG vehicles achieved in the field.

These models will be available individually on Ebay Should you require any other vehicle painted to this standard please contact me with your requirements at for a quote. All payments can be made, and are preferred, through Paypal, shipping is at cost.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

The Accursed Getinmahbeli from Khurasan Miniatures

Jon from Khurasan Miniatures contacted me recently to see if I would be interested in painting the first of his new range of Mystri Island 15mm Lost World/Adventure figures. As the greens were available to view on line I jumped across to TMP to have a look. There, sculpted by Mark Kay, was a set of very well detailed and characterful 15 mm pot bellied cannibal women of the Accursed Getinmahbeli tribe that looked like they would be great fun to paint.

So a week later the pre production figures arrived. Standing at 15 mm high Mark has done a superb job of getting plenty of detail into these minis. The facial detail is probably the best I have seen on any 15mm figure. Cleanly moulded they required little or no cleaning up and after a quick dip in the cleaning solution and undercoating with Games Workshop Skull White spray it was time to paint.

I painted the figures with Vallejo and Games Workshop paints thinned with distilled water and an acrylic retarder. I started by blocking in the colours as on the Valiant figures in my previous post.

The most important area was obviously the flesh and this was done with Games Workshop Bronze Flesh.This was then followed with a coat of the Gryphonne Sepia from the new inks from Games Workshop. Further shading was added by blending Gryphonne Sepia with increasing amounts of Ogryn Flesh and Devlan Mud. Once dry I then highlighted with straight Bronze Flesh to which I gradually added Skull White to the basic colour. This was applied in very thin layers and the highlights built up gradually until I was satisfied with the overall result. As I have already said it is rare to find figures in 15mm with this level of facial detail and the extra time spent painting them is well worth the

The clothing on the minis, based on the attire of the actual Kalinga head-hunters, is just enough to protect the harridans modesty, little more than a loin cloth and an ill fitting blouse. I decided to have some fun and painted them in quite vivid and strong colours. The Vallejo range has an excellent level of pigmentation and blend well with Games Workshops skull white. I use Games Workshops white to lighten the colour as it has a non-chalky consistency and is extremely bright.

To finish off I placed the figures on Battlefront bases using Games Workshop sand and flock. As these figures are for publication, on the Khurasan Miniatures website as examples, I purposely kept the basing as uncomplicated as possible so as not to detract the eye from the figures themselves.

All in all superb figures to paint, real little “painters figures”, which are most unusual and a welcome break from the norm. For more information on this new range go to