It’s been a bit over a year now since I purchased my first 6mm miniature, and in that time I’ve painted roughly 1500 give or take of the little buggers. That said, while I’m certainly no expert, I do have a bit of experience. I’ve also noticed my painting method is a bit different than most, so with the public good in mind (and my own ego), I thought I would post my painting method, using my latest finished set of Wood Elf Spearmen as an example.
Initially I prime per one of my earlier posts, very thin gesso. Often times I will wash with borwn or black ink as well, in this case though because of the bright colors, I did not put a wash on most of the figures. With the figures stuck with poster putty to milk/juice caps, I start blocking in colors.
For the hair I used multiple colors, mostly oranges and blonde colors. I will normally start with the hardest to reach spots just as in 28mm painting, normally the torso. As the faces are hidden under cowls on many of the spearmen, I elected to paint the skin first. In this case I went way out on a limb and used VMC elf skintone. Next up was old reaper master series Linen white. I love this color (although it is the worst smelling paint in the world), I cant for the life of me repeat it with other paints, It will be a dark day when I run out. It is difficult to see in these smaller pictures (I left the pictures full size if clicked on) but I’m not worrying to much about being super exact. You don’t want paint all over, but mostly what I’m worrying about at this point is making sure all the prominent points are saturated with color.
Next I painted the cloaks P3 Meridius blue. That mess of blue in the background is actually from painting tyranids. I like to keep it old school, so next up is some Citadel/GW Spearstaff brown I’ve had since I was a kid. Its still good (at 23+ years of age), and again a great color I don’t know how I will replace.
The primary color for the elf part of the woodland faction has been the meridius blue color, but I didn’t want these guys to just be a wall of teal, so i went with whit(ish) shields, using GW Ulthuan Grey. Terrible name aside, its no longer generally available (although you might find it in the odd hobby shop), the exact color isnt important, I just wanted a bluish light color, not green/brown like the linen white I used. [Please note: after completing this post I realized that I totally screwed the order up here, and I had left just primer on the shields until after washing, putting grey on AFTER that. So….there you go….back the the remaining post….] Next I painted the pants and boots Reaper Sandy Brown. With some silver for the spear tip, you could stop here. Honestly, everything I do beyond this is only even barely noticeable when you hold the things up to your face. Microworld figures are so detailed I just cant keep myself from trying to make them look even better (Rapier and Baccus get the same treatment, I’m not biased).
For humanoid figures i normally use either GW Agraxx earthshade, or occasionally nuln oil, and wash the whole figure. I wanted to keep my colors bright as possible for these guys though so I used Army painter Soft tone this time around. Again, you could stop here and have a pretty good looking paintjob. They come a bit dark, but the wash gives nice depth and covers up basically all but the most egregious of mistakes. I elect to continue on and go back over all the base colors again, I don’t repaint the whole area, but basically place a highlight on everything (with the exception of hair).
I made one alteration this time around, using reaper golden blonde on the tunic highlights (the soft tone already gave the white a nice nutty tone i wanted to emphasize). I didn’t wash the shields to keep the white color, but I did add a meridius blue stripe to all the shields in the end. I also wanted to put another highlight on the cloaks since the area is so prominent, and used P3s arcane blue (per their color system i think). Don’t laugh, but on lizard men I put a third highlight 😛 The last step is to finish up with some GW Rune fang silver on the spear tip.
I was going to post some pics of my basing, but its frankly not very inspired, and this post is already a lot of words. As mentioned I have lots of other projects going on, but I am currently working on some Microworld Wild Elves that I hope to top these guys with next and will post as soon as possible.