New army. New color scheme to choose! For me, it is the most fun portion of any army project.
As I am selecting colors, several factors are involved. First and foremost, I want it to look as different as possible from all the other forces I have seen. This typically means doing some research, checking out as many sites as I can to see what other folks have done.
Story is HUGE for me, so the color scheme also has to come with at least a basic framework for a story.
As I was playing around with colors, I experimented with a scheme of white shirts, black hats, and glowing red stars.
Since I usually like to play my "good guys" as bad guys, or at least somewhat scary, I thought the glowing red stars and the black hats would be more imposing. The idea here is that the townspeople fear them... and they dread the sight of the glowing stars.
At first I thought that I might need to make the shirts a much darker color to have those stars pop out, but the fluorescent paint is very helpful in this case! :-)
Just because they are feared, it doesn't mean my Lawmen can't be a hit with the ladies!
With the color choices solid, I can proceed with the mass production! Yay!
Sometimes interesting things happen when you have painted miniatures for this long. They say that if you walk around long enough, you eventually meet yourself. In some ways, I have managed that :-)
In this case, I am matching the color/style of another painter who had previously been matching figures that I had painted about 8 years ago. So, it's been interesting to think about how I approached figures 'back in the day'.
Obviously, so many things have changed since then. In fact, the way I paint now barely resembles the approach I used in those days.
This is definitely something different. You hear me talking about this all the time... that is, using Secret Weapon washes and mixing them with regular paint. In this image, I mixed an off white with Baby Poop.
By doing this, I get a very nice shade of tan that is semi-opaque. It is fantastic for tinting flesh tones, golds, etc. I do this with all kinds of washes and paint combos. As I said, flesh tones and metals benefit greatly from this approach.