Sunday, January 3, 2021

1/72 Austrian Grenadiers

I will have some pictures of my daughters' figures in the near future, but for now, here are some of my own figures I painted with them. These 1/72 soft plastic figures are from HaT Industries.





 

I primed these white, then put a basic block paint job on them. I used Minwax as a dip.


If boxes such as this had been available 25 years ago, I doubt I ever would have moved to metal gaming figures! It was very nice to be able to make a good looking wargaming unit.

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful unit Scott, well done!

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  2. Very nice work on these Hat Austrians. Funny you say that about plastic - I feel the same - if the later Airfix figures had just been in hard plastic, like the Perry or Victrix ones of today, I think a lot of people would have been happy using them. Half the issue I had with the plastic figures of my youth was getting paint to stay on them!

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    1. Yes, very true. The dip helps keep the paint attached, as does the new generation of plastic primers.

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    2. That was a problem I had too, Ross. Of course, those were my much younger days and I had yet to discover the benefits of varnish and dullcote.

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    1. I have enjoyed painting these. It's almost time to order more.

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  4. They look very good. I started with metal, painted one unit of Airfix (highlanders, no less!), watched the paint flake off, and that was it for them.

    If my Grandsons become interested in the hobby, I might use plastic for that, but not otherwise at this point.

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    1. Those old Airfix figures were the worst for paint flaking. I found these to be much more robust.

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  5. Beautifully painted Scott. I'm on 1/72 for the 'goldilocks' aspect of the scale, the proportions of the figures and economics of them. Once washed and undercoated (simply a coat of paint—I use all acrylics), I find no problems with paint flaking. From my experience and observations, wear and tear of the painted & varnished figures during use is less than with metal figures.
    Will you be doing more of these?
    Regards, James

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    1. Yes, I certainly will be doing more. My daughters are all on fire to paint up huge armies.

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