Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Dad's Army WIP Part 2...blocking colours

OK, this is the bit where I list the basic colours I've used for blocking in. These act as the foundation colours over which washes will be applied, followed by overpainting, highlighting and detailing.

I find it hard to take decent pictures at my wee workspace, so please bear with me :-)

Below are the first thirteen figures with all their foundation colours blocked in.

These are the colours I have used:

  • Reaper HD Sunburn Flesh for skin areas
  • Vallejo Brown Violet for helmets
  • Vallejo Black Grey for boots and bayonet scabbard
  • Vallejo English Uniform for battledress & caps
  • Vallejo Green Ochre for helmet chin straps and extra bags (not service respirator bag)
  • P3 Thrall Flesh - regular webbing
  • Vallejo Yellow Green - Service Respirator bags
See picture below.

Paints continued...

  • Vallejo Mahogany Brown for Rifles/Gun stocks
  • Vallejo German Grey - gaiters & metal work on guns
  • Reaper Ruddy Leather- rifle slings
  • Vallejo Olive Grey- scarves on a couple of the figures
  • Vallejo German Cam. Black Brown  for hair
  • Reaper Peacock Green for Molotov Cocktail bottle
See picture below.

That's quite a lot of different colours for what looks like a fairly straightforward uniform I guess :-)

Below is a picture of the wet palette that I use for my main painting tasks. Hmmm, think that paper might  need changing soon :-). I find a wet palette essential for my work, especially in the hot corner of the living room where my workspace is - our summer weather dries the paint out fast.

My next post will be about the wash stage. I will be using four different wash colours for this.


  1. Nice work again. Certainly helpful to get the colours I need for doing my boys. Thanks!

    1. Very glad that you find it useful Rodger. Please fire away if you have any questions.
      Later posts will reveal my "secret formula" for British battledress ;-)

  2. Good stuff John. Yes, it's funny how even a basic paint job can rack up the numbers of paints used.

    The wet palette - that's basically a wet sponge with wax paper on top?

    1. Thanks mate. Normally paints get put away or shoved to one side as I use them, but when you line 'em up like this it's surprising how many there are.
      Yeah, wet palette is really easy to make - I have a bought one, but only because it was on a special. Basically get a shallow, fairly airtight tupperware type container, stick a soggy sponge/kitchen cloth in the bottom,& cover it with kitchen baking paper - you might have to get the paper damp first under the tap. I makes my paint last so much longer & saves time.


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