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 tabletop gaming magazine.
Wargames Illustrated Paints is a collection of material that has appeared as articles in the magazine, plus new and exclusive content which connects these articles together, providing you with a complete, easily followed, and superbly illustrated painting guide.
Covering both basic and advanced painting techniques, over the course of 76 photo-heavy pages, Wargames Illustrated Paints will be an invaluable (and very affordable!) addition to your hobby bookshelf.
Wargames Illustrated Paints is available here, from your local hobby store, WHSmith in the UK, or from North Star Military Figures.
What people have been saying about Wargames Illustrated Paints:
“Got Wargames Illustrated Paints on Friday and it has already revolutionized the way I paint with the map of the highlighted areas for face painting, one simple picture has achieved what years of looking at other magazines, books, and websites on painting have failed to get across; brilliant!”
AN INTRODUCTION AND THE BASICS
Introducing the main contributor to Wargames Illustrated Paints, Matt Parkes, along with his workspace and the tools that he uses for painting and modelling.
THE PLANNING AND THE PAINTS
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.
MASTERING THE BASIC TECHNIQUES
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.
THREE STAGE PAINTING
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.
PAINTING FACES AND SKIN
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.
FABRIC AND CLOTHING
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.
BASING – GROUNDWORK
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’.
BASING – THEMING
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, shows us how to approach painting different types and styles of horses.
SHIELDS, BANNERS AND DECALS
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