Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Black undercoats, metal, plastics and resin

I have had a bit of a break from painting lately because I have been really busy with work and studying but I'm going to start a couple of dwarf of Mid Nor using a black undercoat.

Here's the dwarfs as painted by the amazing guys at Rackham.

Its something I have been wanting to try for a while and after I started following a new blog I found: Wargaming Tradecraft from N++ in particular an article on black primer stirred my interest again.

I have always been aware of black primer and have read a few articles on it years ago but never bothered giving it a go, to be honest sometimes I never undercoat figures at all.  I quite like to paint onto bare metal and have the detail at crisp as possible.  I suppose that's one of the reasons I avoid plastics too the detail is just a bit less than metal and as soon as the undercoat goes on your hiding that little bit more.

Talking of detail I fancy getting some resin miniatures to try out, the stuff over at Studio Mcvey is looking really good I wouldn't mind having a go at painting some of these.

Anyway I digress ...

I already have the two dwarfs assembled, filed, and undercoated in black, I will keep a track of my progress on them and keep you updated.  I'm really looking forward to starting them, just gotta find the time...


  1. Your painting style is incredible! Love the skin tones and the red progression on the horns.

    You can find cowboys over here:

  2. I would like to take the credit for those paintings on this page but they were painted by the Rackham painters.

    I'll post up my version once Im finished, I must say though its not going to well, I don't think black undercoats are for me...

  3. Nothing wrong with black undercoats? Ink can salvage any model! Worst case scenario, soak and scrub the paint off with dettol liquid-if it's metal.