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German Officer 1:35th Scale
“Practice makes perfect” is the old adage & it’s certainly true when it comes to painting miniature model figures.

We don’t claim to be particularly talented at figure painting but every now & then it’s rewarding to paint up a figure to accompany your models or dioramas. The problem is, it can be hard to get anything like a professional result.

Nevertheless, by putting the time in, your figures should improve. As it has been a while since our last effort, we grabbed a 1:35th Scale “German Officer with Overcoat” figure. He comes from the range offered as a present to subscribers of French modelling magazine Steelmasters. We believe the figure was also marketed once by Nemrod, though we can’t be certain. We’ve got a whole selection of these figures & they make the perfect subjects for practice. We thought we’d snap some shots as we went to show how you can paint a figure using Vallejo acrylics. Here’s how we did it.

German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale

First, the figure was base coated in Vallejo Black Primer (Ref: 70.602), then, using an Iwata HPC airbrush, we painted the uniform in thinned Vallejo Panzer Grey Primer (Ref: 70.603) & the overcoat in German Field Grey (Ref. 70.830). We then created a lightened highlight mix of each colour & sprayed that over the top.

Next came the face, for that we used the Vallejo Face Painting set (Ref: 70.119) applied by brush. First, the face was base coated in Brown Sand (Ref: 70.876) followed by highlights using Beige Red (Ref: 70.804). Now comes the subtle bit. Using very watered down, almost opaque mixes of Basic Skin Tone (Ref: 70.815) & Light Flesh (Ref: 70.928), highlights were carefully picked out. Basically, any area which would catch the light, gets multiple thin applications of the lighter shades.

Finally, using very thinned down washes of German Camouflage Black Brown (Ref: 70.822), the hair & eyebrows were picked out, as well as the eyes. At this scale, no attempt was made to pick out the whites of the eyes or the pupils. The same thin wash was used to add subtle shadows under the eyebrows, lips & chin.

For the uniform the same principle was followed. We added a drop of Light Flesh (Ref: 70928) to each of the uniform shades & applied very measured & thin highlights by brush.

This just left the detail painting. Silver buttons & insignia were picked out using Vallejo excellent alcohol based Liquid Silver (Ref: 790) while their Game Colour washes were used to add shadows to the uniform, hands, insignia & pockets. Black Shade (Ref: 73.201), Sepia Shade (Ref: 73.200) & Umber Shade (Ref: 73.203) were employed on the body & Fleshtone Shade was used very sparingly on the face for a bit of warmth.

We were not too sure what to do about the shoulder patches so we left those generic whilst our figure carries the rank of Major on his uniform underneath.

German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale
German Officer 1:35th Scale
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Excellent video. I am an older DUDE just retired and getting back into modeling after many years. It is surprising how the products available now are so good as against years ago. After building a number of boat and plane models as well as some figures, I think my new love will be figures. It will take time BUT, patience and a lot work and I hope to eventually GET IT!!
Go for it! Perseverance & practice are the key.

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