Matthias Manske Lead Toy Soldiers 40mm
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Painting Toy Soldiers

Try it yourself, it is by far not so difficult, as maybe expected. Also beginners oftenly get impressive results after short times. The contours of the figures lead the brush and painting faults are correctible for many times. Nearly all types of colours available in store can be used – acryl-, enamel-, oil- and even water colours (the latter should be fixed with clear paint).

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The grounding can be done in white or black and is finished with a coarse brush in one minute. By now, please use brushes with size “1”. Start the painting by covering the larger, not connected areas. Later on, you will correct subsided colour automatically through painting of the bordering regions. With my fusiliers of the Prussian Regiment no. 40 “Alt-Kreytzen”, I started with the blue coat and the silver-like metal plate of the cap.

Then, I continued with the black of plait, shoes and catridge box, followed by the brown of hairs, musket, knapsack and sheath of the sabre. The next step was using gold for sabre handle, sabre tip and catridge box plate.


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How to paint Toy Soldiers:

After that, I used glowing pink, which was the trade-mark of the “Alt-Kreytzen”-Regiment, mixed with white and red, but based from white. It covered the cloth of fusilier-cap, collar, cuffs, turnbacks, waistcoat and breeches. For getting a glowing colour, I repeated the application.

Then, I emphasized the white of leather gear, belt, gaiters and marked with the same colour the buttons of coat, cuffs, waist coat and shoulder flap (polished silver buttons look like white from a distance of two meters). After using skin colour for face and hands, I marked  the eyeball with white ovals and let follow the pupils as black points. A pink line became the mouth, the similar in brown showed eyebrows and moustache, before I took silver for the metal pieces of the musket.


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Experienced painters shades the skin parts with pale pink and draw division lines  at the fingers and the fabric edges of the clothes. Camouflage on the foot-plate makes a difference to the detailed painting of the figure.  A matt finish fix the colours and prevent any unnatural glance.

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