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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.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Test Paints - WW2 British Paras

In between doing quite a bit of reading and chasing squirrels down rabbit holes, I have been doing some more test paints for my WW2 British Paras. They are done now, and I have been able to narrow down which colours work best, which don't work and also the ideal painting sequence.

Shade, Base and Highlight:

Shade and Base: 

Shade and Highlight:

Base, Wash and Highlight:

Base and Highlight:

The figures above are from Warlord Games.

This evening I started work on some of the 1st Corps figures to test my revised scheme:

I've concluded that it will be best to paint each element in turn. Most elements will be getting a base and highlight, followed by a wash (which will be done when several elements are painted). So far I've completed the flesh and started on the smocks:

With fair winds and following seas, I should have these mostly finished by tomorrow night.


  1. I hate having to experiment paint figures, so its nice to see how your testing worked out!

  2. Lots of different techniques on show here Tamsin, hope all the initial hard work pays off and you get the desired effect on the models

  3. We was at Pegasus Bridge 3 weeks ago... those men are heroes and you give them a great tribute!

  4. @ Herkybird cheers! Experimentation is a grind, but worth it to get things right :)

    @ Dave Stone - I hope so too! :)

    @ Fran - cheers! :)

    @ Norm - thanks! :)

    @ L'Empereur - merci! I really must get myself organised and visit various sites like Pegasus Bridge. I'm actually more focused on Arnhem at the moment, rather than Normandy :)

  5. Lovely work on these Tamsin. If your interested in the Para's there's an excellent little exhibit inside the IWM Duxford. Lots of useful reference material and some of the original planning tables for operations like Pegasus Bridge and Arnhem.

  6. They definitely look the part Tamsin!

  7. @ Lee - thanks! I really must visit Duxford at some point :)

    @ Nick - cheers! :)

    @ Geordie - thanks! :)