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About me - I'm a Christian (Pentecostal), Married to Wendy, two step children Thomas and Natalie, dog and rose-crested cockateel(Beauty). I've been a miniature hobbyist for over twenty years; I occasionally wargame at my local club or at home with friends. I set up my commission painting service in 2014, so I spend a lot of time painting!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Step-by-Step Guide to painting FoW 15mm German Grenadiers for Bolt Action

Hi All, 

Its been some time since my last update, work side of painting keeping me busy. With the long weekend upon us I felt that now was a great time to paint some of my own minis; not only that, I have a new project.

Some time ago I dabbled with Bolt Action(BA) by Warlord Games; lack of players/space/funds led to me selling my small collection. One thing that I was always curious about though, was the possibility of playing BA at a smaller scale.

After doing a little digging online I discovered(unsurprisingly) that others were already downsizing BA to smaller scales successfully. 15mm Being the predominate scale of choice, as this enables the Flames of War, Peter Pig etc. ranges to by utilised.

My plan therefore is to use 15mm minis, individually based on 1ps (2ps for small teams). Rules will be unchanged. Im not sure about changes to measurements yet, some gamers simply convert all game inches to centimetres & others prefer to use inches. I will do some game testing to make my mind up on this on. I've read that many gamers feel that using inches with 15mm scale makes the ranges more realistic, for this reason, I'm leaning towards that way of thinking.

All that aside I see several pros to using 15mm(at least to my way of thinking):
Space saving - in terms of miniature/terrain storage & use, especially if a smaller ground scale is adopted.
Costs - smaller scales means lower costs. for £30 I've been able to buy one German & one British platoon as well as five BA dice for each. Thats roughly forty infantrymen each with some small teams included; which isn't a bad start. You really notice the difference when buying vehicles/tanks/planes.
Painting time - 15mm is quicker to paint, though I have to say that this guide is very similar to my 28mm scale guide for the same minis(on my commercial blog). You can of course use a more simpler scheme and really fly though painting an army(especially when using an airbrush).

This brings me to the painting guide. I documented each step(except the initial airbrushing) with a picture to help. I may do a YouTube vid at some point & I will definitely follow this with a guide for my Brits.


A pic of some of the finished minis using this guide!
Note that with these minis I painted the black areas earlier than they appear in the guide, but changed the guide as I feel this will provide a better way.

Clean and wash minis, attaching to bases and apply sand with PVA
Apply an undercoat with the airbrush using a 2:1:1 mix of Airbrush Thinner(V):Black Surface Primer(V):White Surface Primer(V)
Airbrush the mini’s base with a 3:2 mix of US Field Drab(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Airbrush the mini(carefully above the boots) with a 3:2 mix of German Field Grey(VMC):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Paint the skin with slightly coats(2) of Dwarf Skin(VGC)

This pic pics-up from the end of the airbrushing, with the first painted coat
Paint the wood (rifle, handles, ammo boxes) with a coat of Beasty Brown(VGC)

Paint the tent quarter (camo helmets/uniform) with a coat of German Camo Beige(VMC)

Paint the bread bag (MG/MP pouches) with a coat of Green Ochre(VMC)

Paint the brown camo patches and flask cover with a coat of German Camo Medium Brown(VMC)

Paint the helmet (non-camo) mess tin & gas mask tin with a coat of German Grey(VMC)

Paint the green camo patches with an coat of German Camo Extra Dark Green(VMC)

Paint the brown leather straps(helmet, equipment & rifle) & any Panzerschreck/pistol cases with an coat of Mahogany Brown(VMC)

Paint any Panzerfaust/Panzerschreck and with a coat of Dark Yellow(VMC) - Note this equipment not painted for this guide!
Damp brush any bullet chains with a coat of Brassy Brass(VGC) Note this equipment not painted for this guide!
Clean-up the uniform, any gaiters & canteen (MG ammo box) with a coat of German Field Grey(VMC)

Wash the whole mini including the base with an unthinned coat of Agrax Earthshade(C)

Paint the boots, webbing, straps, rifle pouches, entrenching tool, flask cup and metal parts with a coat of Black
Highlight the uniform & gas cape(on the gas canister) with a coat of German Field Grey(V)

Extreme highlight the uniform, gas cape(on the gas canister) with a 1:1 mix of German Field Grey(V):Pastel Green(VMC)

Highlight the skin with a coat of Dwarf Skin(VGC)

Extreme highlight the skin with a coat of Basic Skintone(VMC)

Highlight the wood (rifle, handles, ammo boxes) with a thinned coat of Orange Brown(VMC)

Highlight the tent quarter (camo helmets/uniform) with a coat of German Camo Beige(VMC)

Extreme highlight any larger areas of camo on helmets/uniform with a 1:1 mix of German Camo Beige(VMC):Ivory(VMC)

Highlight the bread bag (MG/MP pouches) with a thinned coat of Green Ochre(VMC)

Extreme highlight the bread bag (MG/MP pouches) with a thinned coat of Dark Sand(VMC)

Highlight the large brown camo patches & flask cover with a coat of German Camo Medium Brown(VMC)

Extreme highlight the large brown camo patches & flask cover with a coat of Green Ochre(VMC)

Highlight the helmet (non-camo) green camo patches, mess tin & gas mask tin with a coat of Brown Violet(VMC)

Extreme highlight the helmet (non-camo) large green camo patches, mess tin & gas mask tin with a coat of Brown Violet(VMC):Pastel Green(VMC)

Highlight the boots, webbing & rifle pouches with a coat of German Grey(VMC)

Highlight the entrenching tool, flask cup, metal parts & extreme highlight the boots, webbing, rifle pouches with a coat of Dark Grey(VMC)

Extreme highlight the entrenching tool, flask cup, metal parts with a coat of Light Grey(VMC)

Highlight the brown leather straps & any Panzerschreck/pistol cases with a coat of Mahogany Brown(VMC)

Extreme highlight the brown leather straps & any Panzerschreck/pistol cases with a 1:1 mix of Mahogany Brown(VMC):Ivory(VMC)

Highlight the Panzerfaust/Panzerschreck and with a coat of Dark Yellow(V) - Note this equipment not painted for this guide!
Extreme highlight the Panzerfaust/Panzerschreck and with a 1:1 mix of Dark Yellow(V):White - Note this equipment not painted for this guide!
Drybrush(lightly) the base(leaving a shadow patch under the mini) with a thinned coat of Dark Sand(VMC)

Repaint the rim of the base with a thinned coat of German Field Grey(VMC)

Blackline with a 1:1 mix of Black Paint:Ink

Airbrush the mini with a 1:1 mix of Matt Varnish(V):Airbrush Thinner(V)
Apply flock tufts to the base

Edit* - I've spent a little more time on the bases, added a couple of extra pieces of foliage; I think its a big improvement!

As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).