I am starting a new “force” to go along with my already completed Darkest Africa figures, this time the dreaded Force Publique…’cos everyone needs a bad guy to face, even the Arab Slavers…!!!
I have bought one pack each of:
I’ve learned a lot over the last year painting figures from the 28mm Foundry Darkest Africa range, and my painting style has been evolving slowly from a Base Coat/Dip/Highlight style I’ve done in the past to a blended style.
I have particularly been influenced by a book from Javier Gomez (better known as El Mercenario) called “Painting Wargames Figures” – honestly, I wish I had access to this book years ago, as it has proven invaluable for working out a colour pallet. You can buy the book at:
Read more at:
Anyway, as much for me to remember what i did, as for anyone else, here is my test figure for the Force Publique, with the colour combinations I used. I mix paints as a rule, and blend on the pallet as the mood takes me, rather than paint from the pot.
VMC = Vallejo Model Colour
VGC = Vallejo Game Colour
All percentages are approximate…I go with what looks right!
Base Coat – 80% VMC Hull Red & 20% VMC Black
1st Highlight – 80% VMC Hull Red 20% VMC Light Brown
2nd Highlight – Add more VMC Light Brown for final 2nd Highlight(s)
100% VGC Tan
Base Coat – 80% VMC Prussian Blue & 20% VMC Black
1st Highlight – 100% VMC Prussian Blue
2nd Highlight – 80% VMC Prussian Blue 20% VGC Off-White
Red Sash and Fez
Base Coat – 100% VMC Cavalry Brown
1st Highlight – 50 % VMC Cavalry Brown & 50% VMC Red (947, as there are more than one red in the range)
2nd Highlight – 100% VMC Red (947)
100% VGC Polished Gold
Base Coat – 100% VMC Hull Red
1st Highlight – 50% VMC Hull Red & 50% VMC Mahogany Sand
2nd Highlight – 100% VMC Mahogany Sand
Base Coat – 50% VGC Gun Metal & 50% VMC Black
1st Highlight – 100% VGC Gun Metal
2nd Highlight – 100% VGC Chainmail Silver (just the edge of the bayonet, and fine details)
Gun Barrel Bands
100% VGC Polished Gold
Leather Scabbard and Ammo Box
Base Coat – 100% VMC Black
1st Highlight – 80% VMC Black & 20% VMC Neutral Grey
That’s it for now – hope you find it useful! I will post more at a later date, including information on my basing style, which I’ve been asked about a few times.