I have finally recieved all I need to start painting the forces for Easter's demo game at GothCon in Gothenburg.
When I ordered the figures last summer I simply ordered a pack of everything, thinking it would give me roughly a platoon sized force. However, the 82nd and 101st airborne had very different equipment in Normandy which meant I couldn't use some packs and didn't have enough of other packs. I also realised when I was about to start painting that I was out of round bases. After a frenzy of completing orders I was finally able to start painting last week.
I followed an old painting guide that Matt did before he started sculpting. Although I didn't have the exact colours I followed it as closely as I could, using similar colours. I did skip the final highlight stage and used a sepia wash instead to save same time. In hindsight that might have been a mistake as I didn't get that faded "Band of Brothers" look I wanted.
These are very much first test and I'm quite pleased with the, except for that faded look. The first photo above was "HBO-ized" meaning I reduced colour saturation and increased the contrast a bit. That's the look I want, but the TV-show also fiddled with the colour settings to give a bleaker more pale version than reality. So should I be content that my figures probably look like the real deal when filming or should I try to paint them like the final version? I don't know. I will try something little different on the next figures and see how they turn out.
Matt hasn't been sculpting for long -- relatively speaking -- so his style is a little rough. It shows on faces and boots especially, but he's got an incredible eye for details and a good sense of poses and anatomy.
The figures were based on round 20mm bases from Renedra, but I used a hexagonal base from Minibits for the squad leader. I will do that for all Big Men for ease of recognition. Should come in handy in a convention game.
|Some lurrverly figures from Elhiem, or Matt as his real name is.|
|The poses are lifelike and full of character.|
|There's not any useless poses with Elhiem, everyone is either moving or using their weapon.|
|By request from the customers Matt also sculpted some "pointy waving dudes" for variety.|
|Sgt. Malarkey I presume. (Or is it Lt. Spiers?)|
- Undercoat US Drab (flames of war spray) and Olive Drab (Tamiya)
- Uniform painted with several thin layers of Desert Yellow (Coat d'Arms), leaving undercoat in recesses. Knee patches left as undercoat.
- Webbing, straps, helmets, backpacks and pouches highlighted with Green Grey (Vallejo)
- Boots and pistol holsters painted Saddle Brown (vallejo)
- Skin areas painted Flesh (Wargames Foundry mid-tone)
- Rifle stocks and wood painted mid brown and highlighet with beige (Wargames Foundry Dusky Flesh mid- and light tone).
- Everything washed with thinned Sepia Wash (Vallejo)
- Finally metallic areas highlighted with Gun Metal (Vallejo)
|The figure is murky from the wash. It appears lighter in reality though, the photo got a bit dark.|