|Michael Caine's first movie was Zulu! portraying Lt. G. Bromhead, VC|
Well, after all that Team Yankee painting the past few weeks, I figured I'd go for something completely different: Anglo-Zulu War british Colonials. I picked up some models last year and have most of them built and with the dark blue, skin and dark red basecoats on but that's it. After watching this Tutorial I decided I would modify it slightly (to use paints I already own) and do up a test model. And what better character to do a test model than to do the Michael Caine sculpt of Bromhead! I'll be going step-by-step so if you are more advanced, feel free to skip ahead! I'll have a full breakdown of colours used at the end.
First though, glue your models onto whatever basing you will use, some go for singles as I have, but if you know for sure you are going to be going with 4 to a base, by all means, go that route. I use a pre-mixed tub of ultra-fine sand, mixed in with some larger rocks and crushed slate.
|Pre-Mix tub at left, officer on horse superglued onto his green base, with white glue (PVA) painted on the top of the base.|
|After being dipped and swirled around in the tub, the officer now has a scenic base. I like to do this prior to painting since i get messy drybrushing the sand and rocks!|
|Even though my models will be on single bases, gluing them temporarily on paint strips means I can work on 4 models at a time. You can see their bases are already done.|
|Trousers are done with the above colours. Close-up of the blue-gray trousers when finished. 1 base, 2 highlights.|
|first 2 colours of red: Burnt Red and Cavalry Brown (which is more red than brown) This is also a good close-up of the finished blue-grey trousers.|
|3rd red is Carmine red. Front.|
|Back. Leave the stitching lines where you see them sculpted (metal models mainly)|
|Final Red is Vermillion red. If you want, go edge-highlight in Orange-Red, but I thought it was much and stayed with Vermillion|
|Skin has been inked in Army Painter Soft-tone, 2 layer green regimental colours and collars, yellow piping (normally white, but he is a Lt) in Desert Yellow.|
|The Vermillion really pops here. You can also see the one pouch under his left arm.|
Full colour palette: All Vallejo unless otherwise noted. Order of colours is dark-to-light in steps
Desert basing: Beige Brown 70875, then successive drybrushes of Brown Sand 70876, Desert Yellow 70977 and Buff 70976. The rocks are 70990 Light Grey then white over the whole base.
Trousers: Dark Prussian Blue 70899, then Vallejo Panzer Aces Periscopes 309, Field Blue 70964
Redcoat: Burnt Red 70814, Cavalry Brown 70982, Carmine Red 70908, Vermillion 70909
Browns / Leathers: Ger. Camo. Black Brown 70822, Chocolate Brown 70872, Beige Brown 70875
Gunstock: Ger. Camo. Black Brown 70822, Chocolate Brown 70872, Mahogany 70846 or Flat Brown 70984
Black Boots: Black, Black Grey 70862 or German Grey 70995, Neutral Grey or London Grey 70836
Webbing and straps: Light grey 70990 then 70-820 Off-white
Other pouches (This model only has one, the rest have lots) Khaki Grey 70880, Khaki 70988, then edge highlight Ivory 70918
Regimental Colours and Collars: (I chose the 24th) 70970 Deep Green (any dark green will do though) then 70942 Light Green highlights.
Pith helmets (not shown) Light grey 70990, Sky Grey70989, 70-820 Off-white