Thursday, August 9, 2012


Hey All!

I have been a bit busy as of late - Summer and knee surgery! Can't do too much but I'm well enough to get back to painting!

Pictured above are some Soviet Platoon HQ Stalingrad-era fellows and my wet palette made with a Folgers Coffee can lid, Parchment paper and ass-wipe (I now use a sponge). Add water and your paints stay wet for days... Too bad it doesn't work on the wife...

To paint faces, I use Vallejo colors from top right to left:

817 Scarlet
876 Brown Sand
803 Brown Rose
342 Highlights Flesh (white and flat flesh same-same, I'm just lazy)
845 Sunny Skin Tone
955 Flat Flesh
822 German Camo Black Brown
872 Chocolate Brown

I also use 815 Basic Skin Tone as the basecoat. Lets see, that's 9 plus white and black. Holy crap! No wonder its taking me so long to finish anything! I begin by taking a white-primed figure and painting an undercoat of 815 on all the face and hands. Try to keep the paint thin. I add about 1/2 drop of water to a full drop of well-shaken paint. I let this dry usually overnight but if you are in a hurry, into the oven for about 15 minutes at 150-170 degrees Fahrenheit.

These figures are part of a platoon of Assault squads that I am putting together. I plan on having four squads when complete. I will probably add a flame from the Molotov later. I am continuing to attempt to lighten the highlights to get more contrast.
 The figures on the left will become -1 Platoon HQs. I painted them straight out of 'The Soviet Soldier' by Histoire&Collections book.

Stay Tuned!



  1. You got me at "too bad it doesn't work with the wife"! :D

    Still, let me see if I got it right: you put the toilet papper in the lid, drench it with water, cover it with wax paper and that's it?

    Thank you!

  2. Very nice Troy! The colors look vivid and I really like the contrast.


  3. A very nice blog,your last post made my other half laugh.

  4. Fascinating - I have not come across the wet palette technique before, I must try this out! Thanks.
    Hope your knee is on the mend!