I've always been interested in the First and Second World Wars, both from a wargaming perspective and a general historical side as well. Me and Headologist both play Company of Heroes a lot, and recently downloaded the 1918 Mod - a really excellent piece of work. It's sparked a bit more interest in the WW1 era, hence the chap on the left.
(Incidentally, I'm also working on a set of rules for Trench Raids on the Western Front - watch this space for more info later on!)
So, in keeping with the whole new period I decided to try something a bit special for the paintjob. My usual style involves a lot of inking and re-highlighting, but I've always admired other people's work where there's a real step change between the levels of highlighting, and you can see it clearly. The inspiration for me came from Sydney Roundwood's blog. Take a look at the highlighting on the header image and you'll hopefully see what I mean.
So for this chap I picked three pretty distinct colours for the tunic, and restricted my ink washes to flesh and around the belt, straps and equipment to give the impression of shadow. The final highlight in particular was decidedly Spartan, leaving a large portion of the intermediate stage showing through (I'm currently working on a full, illustrated step-by-step).
Also, I worked a lot on historical accuracy and did a lot of background reading to get things like the belt buckles, epaulettes and medals spot on. Probably a few errors in there, but I'm confident I captured the feel of the period.
If there's one thing I need to work on it's flesh and skin. Never been very good at it, and the face looks a bit off to me (may give it some Soft Tone to blend the highlighting together a bit). Apart from that I'm really happy with him, and going to press ahead with the other 14-odd chaps and get them painted up ASAP.
Thanks for reading, and as I say stay tuned for a step-by-step tutorial later on in the week. Until then...