Making use of the Army Painters war paints we have a step by step guide for painting your Bolt Action miniature. In addition to the written guide we have also created a video that takes you through the steps from basecoat to finished miniature.
Below you can find the list of Army Painter paints required along with their Citadel equivalent. The colors aren't an exact match but they are close enough.
- Chaotic Red / Khorne Red
- Dragon Red / Evil Sunz Scarlet
- Leather Brown / Steel Legion Drab
- Monster Brown / Baneblade Brown
- Desert Yellow / Tau Light Ochre
- Fur Brown / Skrag Brown
- Matt Black / Abaddon Black
- Uniform Grey / Dawnstone
- Ash Grey / Administratum Grey
- Tanned Flesh / Cadian Fleshtone
- Barbarian Flesh / Kislev Flesh
- Gun Metal / Ironbreaker
- Soft Tone Ink / Seraphim Sepia
- Strong Tone Ink / Agrax Earthshade
- Dark Tone Ink / Nuln Oil
- Red Ink / Carroburg Crimson
- Basecoat: Leather Brown
I primed my miniature using Leather Brown as the miniature will consist of predominantly earthy tones. I applied this basecoat with an airbrush, however if you don't have access to an airbrush you could use the Leather Brown Spray Primer available from the Army Painter. Alternatively you could prime the miniature by painting on Leather with a brush however this will be more time consuming.
- Layer: Leather Brown + Desert Yellow 1:1 mix
- Highlight: Desert Yellow
- Wash: Soft Tone Ink
A mix of Leather Brown + Desert Yellow was the first layer on the jacket. While it is not terribly important to avoid painting in the fold you will get a much less flat appearance if you can stay within the lines. A highlight of Desert Yellow was then used around the sleeves, collar and the edges of jacket. Finally a targeted wash of Soft Tone Ink in the recesses of the jacket will restore definition.
Trousers & Hat
- Layer: Monster Brown
- Wash: Strong Tone Ink
The trousers and the hat can be painted in much the same way. Starting with a layer of Monster Brown be sure to leave the Leather Brown showing through in the folds of the material. Definition can be achieved by washing with Strong Tone Ink paying particular attention to the folds of the trousers.
Bed Roll & Fur
- Basecoat: Uniform Grey
- Wash: Strong Tone Ink
- Highlight: Uniform Grey + Ash Grey 1:1 Mix
Both the bed roll and the fur on the hat can be base coated with Uniform Grey. This can then be followed by a Strong Tone Ink wash which will give the grey a brownish hue. A final highlight of Uniform Grey and Ash Grey mixed in 1:1 quantities can then be applied. Thinning this down with a little water will give a much better blend against the darker grey.
- Basecoat: Chaotic Red
- Wash: Dark Tone Ink
- Highlight: Dragon Red
In order to recreate a red leather effect a basecoat of Chaotic Red should be applied to the webbing. This will be a little too bright so a Dark Tone Ink wash should be added. This will also have the adding effect of better bringing out the details.
- Basecoat: Matt Black
- Highlight: Uniform Grey
The shiny black leather boots should be first basecoated with Matt Black followed by a Uniform Grey highlight along the edges.
- Basecoat: Fur Brown
- Wash: Red Ink
- Basecoat: Gun Metal
- Wash: Dark Tone Ink
To achieve a reddish stained rifle stock a base layer of Fur Brown can be used as a base layer. On top of this a wash of either Red Ink or Soft Tone Ink can be used to bring out any details. The metal workings of the weapon, along with any other metal on the soldiers person, should be based with Gun Metal. These metal areas can then be washed Dark Tone Ink.
- Basecoat: Tanned Flesh
- Highlight: Barbarian Flesh
- Wash: Red Ink + Soft Tone Ink 1:1 mix
The first layer for the skin is Tanned Flesh applied evenly across the hands and face. This can then be followed by a highlight of Barbarian Flesh. This highlight should focus on the raised facial features, fingers and knuckles. The final step of this tutorial is a wash in Red Ink + Soft Tone Ink in a 1:1 mix. Rather than applying it across all of the skin it should be targeted mainly in the recesses.
While this tutorial focused on Soviet Infantry in winter uniform it could be applied to any Soviet Infantry. Additionally, due to the huge variety in shades of Khaki used during WW2 feel free to mix up the colors slightly. For example mix in some Army Green with the trousers Monster Brown. Let us know what you thought in the comments along with any other Bolt Action miniatures you would like to see a tutorial for.