I have mentioned about the experiments I am undertaking in developing a suitable painting technique for replicating the classic 'old toy soldier' look for my potential 54mm project. As these are going to be plastic obviously they will need slightly more care and preparation than metal types. I am looking at this as being similar to working with 20mm plastic figures only on a larger scale and so the plan looks something like this:
- Wash the figures in warm soapy water, rinse and leave to air dry
- Trim any flash and lightly score the underside of the base with some sandpaper (it provides a better 'key' for the adhesive).
- Glue the figure to the appropriate base (1" by 2" for these particular figures).
- Coat the figure with neat PVA. I am using full strength glue for sealant purposes as it has the effect of 'softening' the detail - which is important for the painting technique as most old style toy soldiers were light on physical detail.
- Spray undercoat with an acrylic car primer spray
- Paint in flat colours - no shading or highlights
- Gloss varnish
- Gloss varnish - a second coat, just to be sure....