Tutorial: WWI Russian Infantry
Hello again all, carrying on with my WWI theme today, as I take a look at painting Musketeer Miniatures' WWI Russian Infantry. If you missed the last post, then check it out here: but the main point was that these miniatures are amazing! I really wanted to do something special for them, so I tried a few new techniques - namely more 'manual' highlighting and fewer washes.
Here's another one of my step-by-steps. It's meant for new-ish gamers so sorry if it seems a bit basic to you Longbeards! The inspiration for this technique (and a rough starting point) was Sydney Roundwood's 'in progress' posts for his British Infantry. Sydney really is one of the most talented painters I've seen and I'd highly recommend a look and a flow if for some reason you haven't seen the blog. Now, to painting! Before I started, I superglued the model to a 2p coin, PVA'd some sand on, and undercoated the whole thing white.
|Steel Legion Drab is painted onto the tunic, cap and trousers.|
Care is taken to minimise going over onto the other white bits, but
it's not essential at this stage.
|Skavenblight Dinge is used to paint the greatcoat.|
(what an absolutely ridiculous name)
|Scorched Brown for the wooden parts of the rifle -|
it's important to get a good coverage. After I took the
photo here, I went back over it as it was a bit blotchy.
Also Scorched Brown on the straps.
|Black boots, black for the metal parts of the rifle, and for|
the peak of the cap. Also, a black cap for the water
bottle on his hip not visible here.
|Tallharn Flesh is painted onto the skin.|
|Desert Yellow highlight on the tunic and trousers.|
About 80% of the original Steel Legion Drab is painted over,
leaving the folds and creases showing through.
|(While that dries, Codex Grey to highlight the greatcoat).|
|A very limited wash of Army Painter Soft Tone to the flesh parts,|
and onto the belts and straps to create the impression of shadow.
Don't go overboard here - less is more.
|The rifle and straps are highlighted Bestial Brown.|
|Elf Flesh is painted onto the skin.|
Russian Army was valuable for the majority of colour references, and I used militaria and reenactment sites to get the feel for things like water bottle and belt buckle colours. Yes, if I really fancied it I could dig into it all and get massively obsessive about it, sourcing all my research. But that would suck half the fun out of these excellent models - the key for me is to find someone who'll have had to do some research themselves (re-enactors and militaria suppliers are gold here) and go with their research. It's almost always right.
Hope you enjoyed, and hope it was useful.