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Friday, 23 October 2015

Painting Tutorial - 10mm Napoleonic Russian

Howdy folks,

Currently on my workbench is a rather considerable sum of 10mm Napoleonic miniatures from the 'Magnificent Little Soldier Co.', a mix of Russians and Prussians, Infantry, Cavalry, and skirmishers.

As I work my way through this lovely pile of minis I thought I would share with you the progress and a few tips on how I tend to paint 10mm miniatures.

Paints used  - Vallejo, in the following colours,

Black, undercoat
Flat Green, for Russian uniforms,
Charred Brown, for blankets,
Beasty Brown, for muskets,
Blood Red, for collar/cuffs/turns
Burnt Red, for musket straps
Silver, for the bayonets
White, for trousers and trim

Step 1 - Undercoat

Fairly straight forward. You can often flood an area with too much paint if you are not careful when working with such small scales. Use a size 6 brush and work fast, that way any excess paint gets spread before it dries.

Step 2 - Uniform

Don't worry too much about slipping onto other areas when you paint the green uniform. You can always go over these later as required. Work with a lot of models on a strip (the photo only shows two sections, I normally work with around 12), and paint all 'right arms' on all strips, like a production line. This helps ensure you don't miss any areas.

Step 3 - Red Cuffs and Flesh

When working with such small scales, try not to 'paint' detail, but rather 'dab' on the detail. A good example of this is the hands (lower picture), these are dabs of paint on the area the hand is. Use the tip of your brush, with fresh paint for every couple of dabs.

Step 4 - Trousers and Trim

The key point to mention here, and which stands good for most small scales - 10/6mm - is 'contrast'. Don't try to shade the trousers by painting grey first, then white, but simply go straight for the white on black. This helps the area stand out better.

With the trim, try to run your brush over the raised area rather than paint the exact line. Unless your eye site is amazing it is far easy to let the paint 'catch' the line that try to paint along it.


A sneaky peek of the Command groups for these regiments!

Thanks for reading!
The models featured are part of a current commission. Unfortunately at time of writing I am fully booked for the next few weeks, so cant offer any slots until early/mid December, but if you would like work done, please contact me by email at
A strip of 5x 10mm models, painted to this standard is currently priced at £1.25

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