I started off by painting the commander for my recently painted Matilda II:
He just needs to be varnished and glued into his hatch.
As he was finished quite quickly, I grabbed one of the Warlord Paras to do a test of the painting scheme. I realised quite quickly (mostly before I actually began painting)that some of the colours I'd chosen wouldn't look quite right with the painting style I am intending to use (only using washes for flesh and select items), so I quickly substituted colours that would work.
Here is the first test figure:
|I didn't like the ground colour, so I repainted it - much better.|
* replace Pale Sand with Sand Yellow as addition colour for brown highlights
* webbing colour too dark - replace Reflective Green with German Uniform
* modify Denison colour patches slightly
* add a Sepia wash as final step for toggle rope
The beret colour and flesh came out well though!
However, a lot of the Paras would still be wearing 1st pattern Denison which has a more yellow-brown base colour, rather than the pale olive of the 2nd pattern. I decided to try a couple of different colours to see which came close to the look I wanted:
|Tan Yellow; Japanese Uniform; Brown Sand|
|Tan Yellow; Ochre Brown|
|Japanese Uniform; Ochre Brown|
|Brown Sand; Ochre Brown|
I think I have my scheme pretty much nailed now:
Tomorrow I will be re-blacking the test figures I painted today and adding basing gunk to this lot:
They will get primed on Monday, then I can get the SYW Russians out and start painting them.