December 07, 2015

Released & Reviewed: Wargames Illustrated Paints

Wargames Illustrated Paints is your definitive guide to painting Wargames figures by two of the best professional painters in the hobby, compiled by the publishers of the world’s best selling table top gaming magazine. Paints is a collection of material which has appeared as articles in the magazine, plus new and exclusive content which connects these articles together, providing you with a complete, easy to follow and superbly illustrated painting guide.

Covering both basic and advanced painting techniques it includes some very useful articles, like how to paint various cloth effects, how to paint faces, painting horses and hints on how to paint various types of bases (how about mud and puddles, rather than just normal ground) over the course of 76 photo heavy pages., WI Paints is a invaluable (and very affordable!) edition to your hobby bookshelf. This is a one shot printing and sure to sell out fast. Click to Order HERE

Wargames Illustrated Paints Reviewed by Matt Koltonow
It’s a little tricky to contain my excitement about this one. Produced by the fine folks over at Wargames Illustrated, Paints is a magazine compilation of articles from previous issues of Wargames Illustrated along with some added new material about more or less every facet of painting wargame figures. Like most books on this subject, it begins with a discussion of supplies and primers. The basics of painting are covered with brief bits about highlighting, textures, which paints to use, etc. One stand out bit in here is a discussion of paint consistency that explains how thin is too thin very well. The book dives right in after that and covers a plethora of different subjects. including extensive tips for skin, flesh and faces. Rather than break it down by color, Paints is sorted more by subject. Fabrics, metals, and wood are all covered and usually have good “recipes” using easily attainable products.

Two stand out articles in here are the one on horses, and the one on basing. The horse article covers pretty much all the colors you would expect to see horses in as well as the markings and what not. The basing articles cover the absolute basics as well as more advanced stuff like theming. This article in particular is fantastic. Each section has a theme and a particular battle and advice for replicating the effect. 

Most sections end with some sort of gallery and a handful of extra tips to achieve similar results. There are brief articles on both converting and decals making the magazine a one stop guide. As someone who’s been painting for quite some time now, there was a lot it had to offer. Not all of it was new information but the quality of the photos and simplicity of instruction got me itching to try some of these techniques out. This magazine would make a good gift for anyone painting 28mm figures and it definitely has a spot on my shelf.

Full contents:
Introducing the main contributor to Wargames Illustrated Paints, Matt Parkes, along with his workspace and the tools that he uses for painting and modelling.
You can’t talk painting without talking paints! As well as this key ingredient, in this section you will also be introduced to colour theory, harmony, context and reference material.
Highlighting, Drybrushing and Shading are some of the basic techniques you will need to master in order to get your models looking their best on the wargames table.
This great ‘pot-to-pot’ technique will hold you in good stead for all your basic paintwork. It also serves as a springboard for more advanced brushwork.
It’s time to focus on the focal point of most models – the face. In this section we also look at skin in general, including different tones and effects.
Here we take a look at painting clothes, large areas of cloth, different kinds of fabric and constructing patterns, including heraldry.
Most of us need to tackle the tricky subject of painting metallics on our figures at some point. In this section Matt shows us several different approaches, from basic to advanced.
Along with metal, wood is another regular feature of our miniatures. Dave Taylor shows us the subtle differences in painting, dark, stained, whitewashed and other ‘wooden’ styles.
Along with faces, bases are another standout feature of wargames figures. Matt covers the subject in two parts. Here he introduces us to the basic ‘groundwork’.
Having mastered the basing techniques in the previous section, we now move on to theming, using various battles from history to provide examples of different types of terrain.
Bays, chestnuts, blacks, Palominos… Dave Taylor, with the help of award winning rider and painter Christin Sciulli, show us how to approach painting different types and styles of horses.
At some time we all have to tackle the tricky subject of painting shields and banners, or applying decals to the same.  We explore the subject here, with several easy to follow guides.
Simple, and not so simple, conversions for those of us who like to tinker with our pewter or hack at our plastic figures

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