Two readers, Bill and James, recently emailed with questions about my painting method and the color combinations I use. Hopefully this post will help!
First, I usually prime black. Any flat enamel paint will work. I buy my cans of spray paint at Walmart for $.99 each. The paint comes out in a this spray, so I usually apply two coats. It dries extremely flat.
I block paint the figures in my shade colors. They start off very dark, but I will add highlights to brighten them and make them pop.
Here are the colors I used for the block painting.
Craft paints do not have great coverage, but they work well over these shade colors. I paint the highlights and leave recesses in the shade color. This accentuates the figure's three-dimensionality and adds depth to the eye.
Here are the colors I used for the highlight painting.
Once the figures are all based, I will paint the shoulder straps in appropriate colors.
Hopefully this short guide is of some help! I know this method enables me to paint a large number of figures relatively quickly while keeping a high standard.