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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Friday, 11 May 2018

(Not Quite) Finished - 28mm WW2 Papuans

Almost there - just the vegetation to add to the bases, but as the long static grass I've ordered for tuft making hasn't arrived yet I decided to take some pics for you.

I did finish the highlighting on the white on Wednesday. Unfortunately, when I looked at them something seemed wrong - the off-white final highlight appeared to have totally covered the ivory first highlight making the contrast with the pale sand base far too stark. So i used a glaze/wash of off-white to tone the contrast down. But that then swamped the pale sand.

Oh well. I gave the figures a coat of Klear then when that had dried I used a slightly diluted mix of Vallejo grey and burnt umber wash (2:1) to shade the recesses. That recovered the situation quite nicely.

Last night I added the basing material - first a layer of acrylic filler to build up the level to match the figure bases. Once that had cured I stippled on some Vallejo dark mud which was dry-brushed once it had dried. Today I took them into work to give them a spray coat of matt varnish. I might need to respray the stretcher team tomorrow as there seem to be some glossy spots.


Owen Guns:

Bren Team:

Stretcher Team:

I might need to respray the stretcher team with matt varnish tomorrow as there seem to be some glossy spots - it was a little breezy outside so they must have been missed.

As you can see, I didn't bother with the eyes - I think they look fine as they are.


  1. Looking good. Very nice work.

  2. They look fine now, declare victory and move on!!
    I am always annoyed when I cannot do the last stage (like your tufts)!

  3. Unique and interesting unit. Nicely done.

  4. I gave up painting eyes on 28mm figures ages ago.
    They look fantastic you've done a great job, love the cam on the owen guns.

  5. These look excellent. I keep thinking a far East Chain of Command project would be fun to do

  6. A great looking unit. The stretcher party is a great addition.

  7. These great Tamsin, really well done.

  8. @ Lee - thanks! :)

    @ Herkybird - cheers! :)

    @ Dartfrog - thanks! Papuan troops only seem to have become available quite recently, from Eureka (like these) and Warlord :)

    @ Guidowg - I've painted eyes occasionally, but I never think they look right so normally I don't :)

    @ Alastair - it will certainly make for a somewhat different game with all the jungle terrain blocking lines of sight :)

    @ Dannoc - cheers! The stretcher party is a vignette rather than a unit, but great to have :)

    @ Alex - thank you! :)

    @ Michael A - cheers! :)

  9. Lovely brushwork Tamsin. You've really nailed the skin tone! Looking forward to seeing them based up.