Shortly after my first article on Battle Cry Figure Painting, Scott Brooks contacted me to discuss ideas on painting the soft plastic Union and Confederate forces. While some of the questions were practical, such as priming and protective coatings, it is clear to me that he had a wealth of new ideas and a completely different artistic bent. Rather than merge his ideas into my original article, I felt it would do justice to write a completely new article.
Scott, first of all, discuss what types of paints you used for your figures.
The paint I used is Delta Ceramcoat acrylic, the kind you can pick up in the craft section of Wal-Mart for about $1.20 each. I add a little water to thin it down a bit, and it seems to work just fine. Most of the colors I mixed myself, to get a tone and color I was satisfied with.
Starting from the base, discuss the techniques you use to paint the figures.
Did you use any historical references for your figures?
The regiment I painted in butternut and brown is supposed to represent a Texas regiment, based on a painting by Don Troiani. Being a native Texan, I couldn't resist! In fact, I've used several of his paintings from the book, Don Troiani's Civil War as a guide to make sure my uniforms are somewhat accurate.
Once I was through painting, I sealed the figures with Plaid brand clear acrylic sealer (also available in the crafts section of Walmart). I used about four coatings per figure since I knew they would be handled quite a bit during games.
How do you store your figures? Do you jam them back in the Hasbro box?
Well, that's about it for my figures. I hope this helps anyone out that's considering painting the Battle Cry miniatures. I think it's well worth the effort, and it increases the interest and fun while playing.
Thanks for sharing your painting techniques and ideas with us, Scott!
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