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PAINTING ZULUS.

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How to make a nightmare a lot easier!!!!

To use that old cliché there are literally 'Fousands of em' to paint.
Well perhaps not quite that many and if the player recycles units and uses some old wargames tricks such as multi bases representing set numbers of figures but actually having less figures on the base. (More on these options elsewhere.)Never the less having to paint flesh of any colour is one of the most difficult. With this in mind we have been experimenting and the following method has given some excellent results when viewed in mass units.

Picture one shows the ready to paint figure. Make sure that this has been cleaned up and any excess glue or witness lines caused in the moulding process have been dealt with.

 

 

Picture two shows the figure after it has received its undercoat of matt brown enamel. I prefer using enamel for this as it wears better and during the handling process in games if acrylic wears off the matt enamel undercoat is more hard wearing. It also gives an excellent base for the following wash processes. I use a brush to apply this coat but there is absolutely no reason not to use a spray can to apply it or even an airbrush.

 


Picture three shows the first of the washes. I use an acrylic tan wash in a colour such as Coat d' arms Barbarian leather 116 or Vallejo Flat Earth 70983.

 

 


This wash can be put on in varying degrees of thickness. About 50% water is a good place to start but as with most washes we encourage you to experiment until you get the perfect effect for you.

Picture four shows the next stage which is a wash using Games Workshops Citadel ready mixed wash Gryphonne Sepia. Wash the entire figure in this.

 

 

Picture five shows the last wash. Using Games Workshops Citadel Devlan Mud wash the entire figure. At this point the figures skin tone is pretty much finished. When dry you might want to do this last wash for a second time to make it slightly darker but that is your choice. We found that it was worth leaving some figure with only one of these dark washes so that the differing skin tones gave an excellent mixed skin tone look when the figures were based on mass.

 

 

Well hopefully this has proved that painting large quantities of Zulus is not that daunting a prospect. All that the figure needs now is the details, such as the loin cloth, painted. Many of these can also be done quickly by using coloured washes.

Happy painting.