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PM hangarflying
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My First 6mm: Austrian 7YW. Am I doing it right?
hangarflying
5th Apr 2016 11:53:26

 

Hello everyone!

https://imgur.com/a/3HPR4

These are pics of the first 6mm minis I have ever painted, and I'm not quite sure if I'm doing it right—I'm used to painting 28mm plastics, so this is a bit of a shock to the system.

The three grenadier units were painted a few weeks ago with a white base coat; I just finished the line unit a few hours ago, and it has a gray base coat.

Units are based for the Age of Reason game.


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themobius
6th Apr 2016 04:14:07

I really like them they stand out and the colours are much brighter than they would be on 28mm as they should be on 6mm. The shading is also good and the highlights are bold and again non subtle as the should be.  IMHO yep you're doing it right especially as you have them painted based and ready to play rather than a big pile of lead!


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Leftblank
6th Apr 2016 08:10:48

Your painting is ok. Grey undercoat looks better than white. 

I have tried three base coat colours now on my Napoleonics. Black is ok but quite dark, when painting it's difficult to see the details: white is bright, but white on white doesn't look good, I see white spots and lines shining through and you have to repaint the bases. I now use mid brown and quickly wash them with black. Thus I see the fine lines and besides, the rifle, backpack and base are already painted. Never tried grey. 


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PM hangarflying
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hangarflying
6th Apr 2016 12:41:51

Thanks for the input!

The brown with black wash sounds interesting! I'll have to try it out.


PM Gunnar
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Gunnar
7th Apr 2016 09:58:15

You've done a good job with this unit. 6mm is very different from 28mm and takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it it's a very addictive scale. :)

My only suggestion would be to base the units with some (preferably painted) sand and flock. Since you're really after a "unit impression" with 6mm, basing is extremely important for the overall look of your army. 

 

 


PM hangarflying
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hangarflying
7th Apr 2016 06:24:36

Thanks Gunnar!

I've got basing material, but I'm a bit hesitant just because I've never really done it before. I figured that I'll just paint the bases now, and then when I get that all figured out, I can go back and finish it up.

EDIT: Also, my bases (for infantry) are only 15mm deep and that doesn't leave me a lot of room to play with. Ah well. I'm sure I'll get to it eventually. ;-)


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dourpuritan
9th Apr 2016 02:11:23

Lovely figures, but In all honesty I am not a fan of the dark green base. I find that figures stand out much better on a lighter coloured base. In the club I belong to the tables are covered in dark green carpet - not what I would have chosen. I usually throw a GW cloth over the table - unfortunately these are no longer available.


PM hangarflying
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hangarflying
9th Apr 2016 03:07:35

Thanks! Interestingly, this is the lightest shade of green that I have.


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dourpuritan
10th Apr 2016 07:23:33

Have you thought about mixing some yellow into it?


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Glenn Pearce
10th Apr 2016 03:16:30

Hello hangarflying!

Great looking paint job. Better looking than mine and I've been doing it for almost 40 years.

6mm is a different world from other scales. You want to space things out, use some contrast and try and avoid bases that are too small. So here are some suggestions that you may or may not want to use. As has already been suggested first try to use a lighter green that helps to brighten up the figures. Next change over to Polemos style bases 60mm x 30mm with 24 infantry or 9 cavalry on a base. That will not only match up your purchases to your units (no left over or extra figures needed), but also display your figures better, do away with all the fiddly little bases, probably increase your playing area and allow you to play just about any rule set on the market. The added base size allows you to create a mini diorama for every unit. That extra area and contrast from the terrain will greatly enhance the look of your figures. It's pretty easy to do, if you have any concerns just buy the basing material from Baccus and follow the instructions. Just look around this site and see how fantastic the bigger based units look. These bases also don't let you cram your units together on the table, so you avoid that blob look. More light in, more colour out.

These are most of the secrets of 6mm, hopefully you can use some of them.

Best regards,

Glenn

 


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