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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.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

WW2 Aussie Test Figures

I've done two more test figures - a Papuan trooper and an Aussie in khaki drill.


If you look closely, you can see some white in the eyes

I had a lot of trouble with the final flesh highlights on this chap. I was using Brown Sand which seemed too strong, so I went back over them with the original Chocolate Brown highlight, and thinned down the Brown Sand to a glaze consistency. That looked good, but seems to have been lost after the final wash of diluted Strong Tone. I think that I will go with Flat Earth as the final highlight for the rest of the Papuans.

Khaki Drill:

For the khaki drill I used English Uniform (shirt) and Brown Sand (trousers) as the base, highlighted by adding increasing amounts of Buff. The trousers look fine but the shirt looks a touch green - I will probably replace the English Uniform with Khaki Grey when I do the Militia.


  1. I think they both look very nice, I like the greenish tinge on the shirt

  2. Excellent tests - I'd call them successful!

  3. Both of these are terrific, Tamsin. The trooper can be left exactly as is. As you pointed out a number of Aussies did try to dye their uniforms green. In this case it just wasn't too effective leading to the slight greenish tint. Good work!

  4. 2 great looking figures Tamsin!

  5. I always try to skimp on wash/glaze with dark skin, as I always end up with it too dark otherwise!
    the Aussie looks fine to me, a bit of colour variety in the unit will be accurate and look really good!
    You are really a good painter, aren't you!

  6. I think you are spot on with the palette Tamsin.

  7. These look great. I had real trouble trying to do the whites of the eyes on some dark skinned chaps I attempted recently. It seemed like the right thing to do, but was a brush stroke too far for my skills. Luckily my figures were yelling as well so I could do their teeth nice and white.

  8. I think you nailed it :-)

  9. @ John - thanks! I am tempted to keep it in the mix for some figures when I do the Militia :)

    @ miles - cheers! :)

    @ Jerry - thanks! That's a great excuse - I'll happily use it :)

    @ Ray - cheers! :)

    @ Herkybird - thanks! The "glaze" was for a highlight, it just didn't work in this case :)

    @ Lee - cheers! :)

    @ Michael A - thanks! :)

    @ Sun of York - cheers! I normally avoid painting eyes, but these chaps will need at least something. I might have to keep practicing to get it right - I've heard that mixing the white with flow aid helps, just a dab in each corner :)

    @ Stuart - thanks! :)

  10. Hi Tamsin, Regarding doing eyes, there's a small trick to getting he look I think you're after. First use either white or off white and run a horizontal line across where the sculpt is for the eyes. After it dries take a small amount of black and center it as a line in the middle of the white. It will give you what you would see at twenty or so yards - the whites in the corners and the black in the middle. I would recommend a very fine point artists black pen for the pupil.

    PS - try it on a few sample figures first. Try just painting flesh tones on the face and then doing the eyes.