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WIP 28mm Minden Miniatures-Grenadiers de Fránce

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by MarquisMini, Sep 26, 2023.

  1. MarquisMini A Fixture

    I am starting on the flag,
    I have had this beautiful flag from Flags of War sometime ago... 20231009_210414.jpg 20231009_210355.jpg
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  2. Nap Moderator

    Hi Daniel

    Great updates on the figures , painting coming on well

    As for the base .....you certainly moved quickly on the groundwork

    .......I bet your wife hides all the wooden cutting boards in the kitchen

    Liking the flag as well

    Look forward to seeing more

    Happy benchtime

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  3. MarquisMini A Fixture


    Lol, you bet she does hide them ;-)
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  4. MarquisMini A Fixture

    I have placed few trees and glued the first two figures... 20231010_230005.jpg 20231010_230021.jpg
  5. Waterlooman A Fixture

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  7. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Thank you so much for that very kind offer, but I couldn't possibly let you do that as I live in the UK and posting it would be very expensive.
    I have ordered some of that Mig Ammo Ultra Matt, it should be here in a couple of days.

    I tried my trick by mixing my Vallejo Flat Black and Blue to get a darker shade but it still dried with a slight sheen to it - don't know why their Matt paints are not matt, I tried all sorts of tricks with them - adding vallejo matt varnish to my pallet when painting but it still dried with a slight sheen.

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  8. MarquisMini A Fixture


    No problem W!.
    In my experience, Vallejo Flat paint are not really that Flat , but when it comes to Black i use Scale 75, try them, you will not regret.
    Espexually their blues, you can mix them with any other color from different manufacturers and really dulled tgem down.
    Once you have your ultra Matt varnish that light sheen will be a thing from the past :)
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  9. Briggsy A Fixture

    For some reason I have missed a couple of pages of this thread, not getting the notifications but also not seeing the thread riding to the top of the list.

    Anyway it's been good catching up, liking the progress and sympathising regarding the sheen from Vellajo paints, an issue I seem to have as well. I know you have Mig lucky matt varnish, it's pretty good stuff. However I started using Liquitex Ultra Matte medium on the recommendation of Rob. This mixed liberally into the paint on the pallete is very good giving a nice flat finish, it also slows the drying time a little and makes the paint go a lot further. This last trait has had me mixing far too much paint, needing only a third of the amount of paint I usually start with. Hope this is useful info rather than it complicating things.

    Loving the progress by the way, the ground work is great and I love the flag.

    Cheers Simon
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  10. MarquisMini A Fixture


    Hey Simom,
    Great to hear back from you.
    Thanks for the tips onnthe Liquitex, probably cheaper than the AK /Mig ultra Matt varnish.
    First time i used this product it caught my attention on how liquid it was, then i decided to mix a little with the color palette and gave me amazing results.
    I can use Tamiya X21 Matt Agent, but i find it smelly andnsometimes if you are not careful it will give the figure a " Chalky " finish.
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  11. Briggsy A Fixture

    Hi, yes the Tamiya stuff isn't all that pleasant, used it airbrushing tanks and things but found it to be less than satisfactory brush painting. Of course none of this would be an issue if Testors hadn't stopped making their dulcote.

    One thing I did discover though was how I undercoated or primed everything made a huge difference. For years I have used the cheapest car grey primer I could find, as age and injuries take their toll though getting to the shop was getting to be a problem, so I decided to go professional. I bought Mr Color self leveling filler spray which gave a beautiful smooth finish, then I used Tamiya Primer. Unfortunately this gave me a very shiny surface to work on and the shine came through every layer of paint no matter how hard I tried to matt it down. So I've bitten the bullet and gone to a car accessories shop I can park outside of, I'm paying £11 for the grey primer now instead of the £1 I used to pay, damned branded products! Can't complain though because it is doing the right job and the rattle can should last a good long while.

    Cheers Simon
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  12. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Interesting finding there with the use of some undercoat - primers causing some shine to come through the paint layers, I use Vallejo Acrylic Surface Primer and it leaves a slight shiny satin finish over the figures, wonder if that is half my problem also.

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  13. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Yeah, i feel your pain, branded products get expensive really fast.
    I am out of my Self Etching primer, i will get my hands on it soon.
    Best product i have ever tried for metal and plastic figures, worth the spend.
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  14. Briggsy A Fixture

    Well gents that's me done, I need my rest, duty granddad all day tomorrow, oh lucky me, fun but exhausting.

    Cheers Simon
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  15. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Always an enjoyable task,
    Take care Simon.
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  16. MarquisMini A Fixture

    I have finished the "Natural Leather" cartridge boxes, the officers had silver trim and grenade badge unlike the troopers who did not have trim but grenades only and they were white.
    For this Naturap leather i have used vallejo cork brown and a dab of light skin.
    Once the base color is dry, i give a very dilutted wash with Vallejo Red leather, it gives a nice tone to it.
    Then i highlight the top of the cartridge box ( top of the flap wher it will normally bend) and sides using more ligjt skin to the mix... 20231013_103934.jpg
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  17. MarquisMini A Fixture

    And finished the Field officer and trooper, both placed onto the base. 20231013_103907.jpg 20231013_103849.jpg
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  18. Briggsy A Fixture

    Looking good, being on the base makes a big difference and the mass effect as you add more will be great. Love the detail you get into these little fellas.

    Cheers Simon
  19. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Very nice work - always sharp paintwork.

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  20. Rob A Fixture

    Those little guys are coming up really nicely. It is going to be a very eye catching display when you get them all ranked up on that base.
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