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We once again return to the painting table for a another tutorial for Bolt Action. Following on from our previous Soviet tutorial this time we will be showing you how to paint German Infantry.

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.

Video Tutorial

Paints Required

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.
  • Oak Brown / Mournfang Brown
  • Leather Brown / Steel Legion Drab
  • Monster Brown / Baneblade Brown
  • Skeleton Bone / Ushabti Bone 
  • 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

Priming

  • Basecoat: Uniform Grey

I primed my miniature using Uniform Grey 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 Uniform Grey Spray Primer available from the Army Painter. Alternatively you could prime the miniature by painting on Uniform Grey with a brush however this will be more time consuming.

Uniform

  • Wash: Dark Tone Ink
  • Highlight: Uniform Grey + Wolf Grey 3:1 Mix
  • Highlight: Ash Grey + Wolf Grey 3:1 Mix

The first step of painting the uniform was to apply a wash of  Dark Tone Ink across the entirety of the uniform, as well as the helmet and equipment. Once this was dry a mix of Uniform Grey + Wolf Grey in a 3:1 mix was then applied to the uniform alone. A further, thinner highlight Uniform Grey + Wolf Grey mixed in the same quantities as before was then used around the sleeves, collar and the edges of uniform.

Gaiters And Equipment

  • Layer: Monster Brown
  • Wash: Soft Tone Ink
  • Highlight: Monster Brown + Skeleton Bone 2:1 Mix

The gaiters around the ankles, water bottle satchel strap and bed roll can be painted in much the same way. Start with a layer of Monster Brown followed by a wash of Soft Tone Ink to achieve some definition. Finally a highlight of Monster Brown + Skeleton Bone in a 2:1 Mix can be used to highlight the same areas.

Black Leather

  • Basecoat: Matt Back
  • Highlight: Uniform Grey

The ammo pouches, equipment straps, webbing and belt can all be painted with Matt Black, be careful not to stray onto uniform whilst doing however. A thin highlight of Uniform Grey can then be applied to the edges of the pouches and straps.

Brown Leather

  • Basecoat: Oak Brown
  • Wash: Strong Tone Ink
  • Highlight: Leather Brown

For the brown leather of the boots, satchel and entrenching tool handle we will start with a basecoat of Oak Brown. A wash of Strong Tone Ink will then be applied to improve the definition followed by a slightly thinned highlight of Leather Brown along the edges.

Helmet & Equipment

  • Highlight: Ash Grey

As the helment, canteen and gas mask cannister have already been washed with a Dark Tone Ink we can go straight to highlight of Ash Grey around the edges,

Skin

  • Basecoat: Tanned Flesh
  • Wash: Soft Tone Ink
  • Highlight: Barbarian Flesh

The first layer for the skin is Tanned Flesh applied evenly across the hands and face. This can then be followed with a wash of Soft Tone Ink to bring out the detail of the face and fingers. The final step is a highlight of Barbarian Flesh. This highlight should focus on the raised facial features, fingers and knuckles.

Rifle, Buckles and Buttons

  • Basecoat: Fur Brown
  • Wash: Soft Tone 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 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.

Summary


While this tutorial focused on a uniform with a more bluish hue, due to the huge variety in shades of uniform used by the German Army during WW2 feel free to mix up the colors slightly. For example, you could mix in some Army Green or Monster Brown instead of Wolf Grey to the first uniform highlight. Let us know what you thought in the comments along with any other Bolt Action miniatures you would like to see a tutorial for.

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