The wargaming world’s first ever release of WWII Thais in any scale (yay!). Alas, my skills as a painter are far too inadequate to do Matt’s sculpting justice! You’ll note that in my haste to get these photographed I paid scant attention to the lighting.
Now I’ve always been a believer in the phrase “credit where credit’s due” and as such would like to mention those who’ve inspired me throughout the years: thanks to Matthew Hingley of Elhiem fame I discovered the 3-layer method of painting way before the “Kevin Dallimore” system became in vogue, while Steve over at the SOGG alerted me to the existence of ‘Cayman Green’ in the Vallejo Game Colour range, thereby putting an end to my extended hunt for a suitable green. The webbing was shamelessly copied from Dominic Goh‘s site. Finally there’s the insanely talented Chevalier de la Tierre, whose incredible painting guides not only taught me about the Non-Metallic Metal way of painting, er, metal, but also showed me the usefulness of VMC US Olive Drab, a colour I had hitherto ignored.
So that’s one company (in RF! terms, that is) done! Countless more to do! Stay tuned for more additions to the force.
The SHQ range of early war Commonwealth troops features some excellent poses and is comparable in quality to their Dutch, Polish and Cossack figures (I should point out that their recent French, Belgian and Italian releases are, in my humblest of opinions, less than inspiring).
Sadly the same cannot be said for their mould quality. In inspecting the contents of my packet – which, I should happily add, took a mere four days to arrive – I was dismayed to discover four severely miscast figures that simply had to be chucked away into the bin. That’s the equivalent of £2.75, or an entire pack of figures! Although the same fate thankfully didn’t befall the rest of my order, most (but not all) of the figures that were salvageable did require some considerable cleaning up. My advice would be for those in a hurry to order an extra pack or two in case you end up having to wait another week for replacements.
In painting them I used the following colours, all derived from the FOW painting guide.
Uniform VMC Iraqi Sand
Webbing, Turban and Socks VMC Khaki
Shoes VMC Black Grey
Flesh VPA New Wood
Water Bottle VMC US Field Drab
Sadly no one does figures wearing the distinctive Indian army topee, so for such beleaguered fellows as the 2nd KOYLI I’ll have to put up with SHQ’s South Africans.
For the two figures I used VPA Light Mud for their socks and webbing equipment.
Actually finished these last week, but a trip up north precluded their being photographed.