Saturday, April 12, 2014

My War Memoirs

Now this is something completely different!  I have never painted anything from modern warfare (historicals), and certainly nothing at this small scale!

Memoir 44 is a game that Rich and I have played a few times.  It is a lot of fun, especially since it has all kinds of very cool miniatures.  We thought it would be fun to paint up the figures, starting with some tanks.

Rich painted the early war Panzers, while I tackled some late war Tiger Tanks.

I started out by mixing some khaki paint in with the Badger gray primer in preparation of painting some late war Tiger tanks.

Primer is on!

You can see the primer mix, as well as the khaki and tan that I wanted to incorporate onto the vehicle!  My 'palette' gives you a bit of an idea of how small these tanks are.  I think they are less than half the size of a Flames of War Tiger.

I mixed a cavalry red with the olive drab to create the rust colored stripes.

Working my way through the tanks.

I used a beat up liner brush for this part, since it would give me a nice random application across each of the surfaces.

I did the same for the green color.

Now it's time to add some darks.  The Secret Weapon Baby Poop is more of a yellow, while the Sewer water has a greenish tint.  The Brown liner paint is for the deepest darks, and for adding in with the other washes.

It makes a difference right away. As always, these glazes were applied very carefully, not slopped on.  I was mixing in each color on various sections of the tank, so that some parts were 'warmer', and others were 'cooler'.

Getting there.  Again, the Brown liner is thicker than the two washes, which creates a very different property.  It also gives it more of a smokey feel, which is great for deep wheel wells, and even scorched areas such as the muzzle tips.

Almost there!

With the majority of the shading done, it was time to do some freehand!!

I started with the white, so that the darker red and black colors would go over the top.

Here's a few images of the freehand under way.  Keep in mind, these buggers are tiny!  Definitely needed my magnifier light :-)

Next up, a post with some finished images!


  1. Never heard of that game, but I am getting ready to paint some Sherman tanks and some Flames of War stuff. Awesome paint work for something that small.

  2. Have you used the Vallejo polyurethane primer? If so, how does this Badger stuff compare/contrast?
    I picked up a couple of free samples at Adepticon but have not had time to use them.
    I find with Vallejo, I have to brush on multiple coats so as not to clog detail.

    1. Since I generally mix primers together, and mix them with paint, any direct comparisons are difficult. The Vallejo black and the other primers that have 'color' to them tend to stick very well to most surfaces.