So in my last post I mentioned a book I’d just picked up, “Foundry Miniatures Painting and Modelling Guide” by Kevin Dallimore. I’ve read the book through once and was impressed with the style and his techniques. I’m not a great painter. Painting for me has always been an obstacle; something that had to be accomplished so that I could play the game. Lately though, I’ve wanted to try actually doing a decent job on my miniatures, but had no real idea how to accomplish it, so I knew I needed help.
I bought the book with high hopes, but low expectations. I expected to find a bunch of fascinating, expert techniques, but figured they would all be beyond me. Reading the book though, that seemed to not be the case. In particular Dallimore’s “One Color” method is very straightforward and a good way to get started. I had some 28mm Perry Old Guard Grenadiers in my dead lead pile, so I pulled one out and painted him up using the one color method. I don’t have any photos of the process, but I took one of the finished product after a coat of gloss varnish.
Now you guys are looking at this thinking, “big deal”. I assure you though, this guy is a large improvement over my usual quality.
Full of confidence I grabbed up six of the Perry 28mm Hessian musketeers I just ordered from The Warstore, primed them and got to work. Here is one in process, with just the flesh and white bits painted.
Again, I suspect most guys reading this aren’t going to be impressed, but I am. As I keep painting this group of figures I’ll take some more pictures of the work in progress.
I recommend Dallimore’s book without reservation if you, like me, have minimal knowledge of ‘proper’ techniques for painting miniatures. For more advanced types, the two and three color methods and other ‘advanced’ sections would probably be of value. Maybe I should actually write a review of the thing, even though it is already three years old and I’m probably the last person in the hobby to know about it.