Sunday, May 2, 2021

1/72 Plastic American Civil War

My daughters' abbreviated school schedule has allowed us plenty of time to paint. I started the girls on 1/32 soft plastic figures, which they did enjoy. Now we have moved on (down?) to 1/72 scale. These figures are all from HaT Industries.








 

I am very glad to see that one manufacturer is making figures suitable for wargaming!

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  1. Those are rather nice paint jobs. Move over Scott-the kids can paint for clients.

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    1. And they really enjoy it too! Maybe we'll make a whole home business out of it. Although I have a feeling that making it into paid work will rob some of the fun.

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  2. I'm curious - how did you go about painting the soft plastics? I've wanted to do the same with kids (I'm a children's librarian) and looking for a way not to have the paint flake off.

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    1. I hope that you don't mind me commentating Scott?! You will no doubt have some more to add.
      I get little flaking. It is chiefly about preparation before painting. Wash the figures in detergent and then rinse then thoroughly. Undercoat first (people commonly use white or black—I like Payne's Grey), then apply the colours. After painting apply a varnish (a matt spray is easy).
      Regards, James

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    2. I don't mind at all, James! I agree completely with washing the figures. Plastics have a greasy mold release agent that will cause flaking if left.

      I also use a plastic primer: Rustoleum flat white 2 in 1. Once the figures are painted, I seal them by brushing on Minwax polyurethane. I used "clear satin" on these figures.

      After basing is complete, I spray Testors Dullcote from a rattle can. Otherwise the figures will stay shiny.

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    3. Jennifer, maybe I will do a full blog post on our process. We should have new figures coming in the mail this week.

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  3. Fantastic painting of these Scott. They look fabulous! Marvellous that it was a family affair. Did you do some each, or form a production line?
    Regards, James

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    1. The girls did most of the prep work and block painting. I did much of the detail work and highlighting, but they did some of that as well.

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