PAINTING OF ROBOGEAR INFANTRY

Today the theme of my article will be "gaming" painting of Robogear infantry. What is gaming painting? This is just the method of painting your army, which will give you an opportunity to have an army of figures carrying your colors, or, to be more exact, to have the color scheme invented by you. At the same time this wont be the method when you cover everything with one color and then finish it with "dry" brush. Of course not. Your army will be painted professionally and with good quality and you will even be able to present it in a contest nominated as "The best unit". Certainly, for experts the "collection" painting is interesting, but this method is sooner applicable to miniatures of special characters, i.e. to single figures. We will tell about such painting on these pages later.

So having purchased a set of Robogear troopers produced by Tehnolog Ltd., we proceed to imparting a presentable appearance to our army. The figures you have bought are inside a frame and consist of several assembling parts.
The normal color of the parts is gray. It is a customary standard, as gray color does not suppress other colors that you will apply. Cut carefully the parts out of the frame and remove any excess plastic then smooth them out. The quality of the casting is high, so you wont have to waste time on finishing the figure. Work out junctions with a sharp knife to make them even.
It is possible to use another method. Take some glue with a clean and not very soft brush and pass over the junctions. The glue dissolves the plastic and you make it smooth with light movements of the brush. Be careful the glue dissolves the plastic quickly and if you continue rubbing with the brush, consequences will be unpleasant. On the whole, try experimenting. I use this method after having worked the parts with fine sandpaper and the glue smoothes out deep scratches and makes the surface even. When the parts finished, assemble the figure.
Now the miniature is ready for painting. The only thing I would recommend to do to make a small hole in the figures foot and insert into it a toothpick or something similar. This will help you not to "capture" the miniature while working and it will be convenient for you to paint and dry it.
The process of grounding is not difficult. The only thing you need to do is to protect yourself from the grounding dredge, which appears during this work. The room must be ventilated and you should put on a respirator or a simple gauze mask. In some manuals it is recommended to apply the primer on figures inside a box and some people even insert a vacuum cleaner hose for drawing air out. You should apply primer by spraying it shortly several times this will save the primer and allows you to control the process avoiding superfluity or deficiency of the primer on the figure. When the primer is applied it should dry up.
The first step in painting the trooper is to apply flesh-color paint on his hands and face.
You need not be very neat at the first stages do everything quickly. Dont be afraid of touching other parts of the figure it will be easy to amend everything later. At the moment the speed and quantity are more important.
After the paint has dried up, we do "flowing". This method is often used for painting gaming miniatures. Some companies even produce special ink for such method. The flowing is covering a painted surface with strongly diluted paint of a darker tint. The diluted paint flow into all cavities in the surface. Shadows, wrinkles etc can be made in this manner.
In our case, we dilute a mixture of the flesh-color with dark brown. The proportion is chosen experimentally I have got the proportion of fifty-fifty.
After the flowing has dried up, the face of the figure looks dirty. You need not amend it at once and try to make the face finished. At this stage we only create the color base.
The next step is the basic color of the uniform. It will be a mistake if you try to cover the whole surface with thick paint. It is better to apply two or three coatings of the thinly diluted paint then the paint will cover everything evenly and wont hide the small details of the miniature.
It is possible to make shades on the prominent details adding black paint to the basic color.
Not waiting till the paint dries, I starts to make the surface of the figure lighter.
This method is effective while using acrylic paint, as when the paint dries completely the verges of color transitions will be smoother. Avoid lightening with a contrast color try to use a color 20-30% lighter than the basic one. If the color transitions turn out too sharp, it is easy to amend just apply another layer of the thinly diluted basic color on the surface.
Now we are correcting our work painting in black those place, which we touched while working and which should be of another color.
Now we start painting other elements of the troopers clothes. The method is just the same. The only thing that makes this work difficult you must be careful and not to touch already painted surfaces.
After the basic colors have been applied on the figure, we can start painting details. Do this in the same manner. Cover with black chosen elements without touching already painted areas.
Apply necessary color.
Again cover with black the details, which should be of another color.
And so on until our miniature is painted completely and there are no unpainted areas.
When the miniature is pained completely, it is ready, but you can give it a collection value by working over its details. For example, buttons, rivets and other fine details of the miniature. Working with these elements will require a rather long time, neatness and accuracy, but the appearance of the figure will become attractive and unique.
Lets take an element imitating convex glass this is used for representing sights, lamps, jewelry etc. This technique is simple though it requires good tools and hard hand. There are just four operations. Ill show them step by step. It is not very accurate, but the main thing here is the principle. The first step apply a basic color, let it be red.
Holding the brush at an angle, you should lighten the lower edge a little.
Put a thick dot with almost black color.
And then put a white dot with a clean brush, sometimes you will have to use a toothpick.
That is all. Taking into account that we do this on the black ground of the pre-coated detail and its curvature, we will also have a black edging, which gives some depth to our lamp.
Emphasizing corrugated hoses and pipes also make it more spectacular.
A feature making your miniature impressive is eyes. It is easy to draw eyes. Do this in the following way.
In the place where an eye should be, draw a short black stripe, then a narrower white stripe and then put a black dot.
Painting faces is a very interesting process and I will tell you about it in my next article.
But let us get back to our troopers. Only their weapons remained unpainted. It will take a long time and a lot of work for collection painting. But in our case, we need a speed and playing quality. There are several ways to solve this task. The simplest way is to process the black surface of the weapon with a little silver paint using the dry brush method. The weapon will look relief of the blue steel color and it will seem a real and long used tool of destruction.
There is another way it is rather new. You can use a polishing metallic paint, for example, Metal Cote by HUMBROL.
Apply this paint on weapons or other elements, such as helmet, boots, knapsack etc.
After the paint has dried up, polish the surface with a piece of velvet cloth, but dont rub too strongly you can damage the paint. After polishing you will see a natural steel luster. And that is all. It is also possible to do black flowing before polishing. Then it will look more relief.
These are the main principals. Just try, experiment and send us photos of your miniatures.


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