With the vehicles finished the infantry was my next step. I used tack to hold them onto roofing nails. I have tried painting on the bases and also on hobby sticks but I like the nails better. I can access all sides of the figure and they are easy to hold. Included in the picture are the infantry, tank commanders and half track passengers. They are ready for priming.
Primed figures, I used Vallejo 70.602 Black Surface Primer with my airbrush again. I used the same technique for application, thinning and cleaning as I did for the vehicles. The one tan figure is a test piece to see if I like the base color.
Another view of primed infantry. I used an old cardboard box to catch over spray and test my air brush.
Infantry with their base coat of Vallejo Model Color 70.921 English Uniform. I painted the vehicle crews that were installed during the build with the same colors. The only difference was I used a brush for the entire process.
A close up of the base coated figures.
The finished figures. In addition to the primer and base coats I finished the figures with the following colors:
Helmet Strap/Webbing/Packs - Vallejo Model Color 70.886 Green Grey
Wooden Gun Stocks and Shovel Handles - Vallejo Model Color 70.872 Chocolate Brown
Metal - Reaper Master Series Paint 09052 Shadowed SteelHelmets - Vallejo Model Color 70.924 Russian Uniform
Hessian Camo Strips - Vallejo Model Color 70.821 German Camo Beige WWIIFlesh - V 70.845 Sunny Skin ToneFinal Wash - Army Painter Strong Tone Brown Ink
The finished infantry mounted to the bases. I had an HQ, a Piat team, a 2" mortar team and 7 infantry bases. I only needed six but I do not like more than four figures on a base; it is hard to finished the bases without getting material on the figures. Notice the slashes on the bases. I use the end of my hobby file to gouge the bases. This helps the base material stick to the bases. Without this it will easily crack off of the completed base if dropped.
Your basing friend! I used to use spackle patch but it cracked easily and took a long time to dry. A friend told me about Durham's Water Putty. This stuff is great! A 16 can costs $2.58 at Lowe's and will do a lot of bases. I have finished about 150 bases so far and the can is still half full. It is recommended for furniture repairs, spackle/plaster repair, filling knots in wood and as a pouring medium for molds. Mix about a teaspoon with water in a small container. Stir until you have a consistency similar to a thick white glue and apply with a brush or other object. I like to use toothpicks and hobby sticks.
The bases with the putty applied. Notice the container with the extra putty and my high tech application sticks.
Getting ready to finish the bases. I used Elmer's white glue, any type of cheap acrylic hobby/craft paint and Fine Dark Brown ballast from Woodland Scenics for my first layer on my bases.
Make a 3 to 1 mixture of glue and paint in a small container. Add more color as desired for your base coat. This may show through in some places.
A base with the glue applied. Be careful not to get glue on your figures. I used the brush to pull the glue/paint mixture towards the end of the base before adding the fine ballast.
The base when removed from the ballast. Use a brush to reapply glue/paint mixture to any spots that are bare.
The bases all finished with the ballast stage.
I liked the slight contrast between the flock and the tufts.
The flock added to the base. I use a pair of tweezers to cover the entire base with flock. I then turn it upside down over the container and gently tap it to remove the excess flock.
Once again I use my tweezers and select a tuft. I lightly dip the bottom in super glue and stick it where I want it located on the base.
A close up of the finished infantry bases.