Gray Ladies, the Flu, & Some Completed Figures

There are times when life really throws a monkey wrench into a person’s plans. I had planned on completing 36 additional figures by March 25th and with the figures I have already completed that would have given me at least 2 warbands to play in the inaugural Colonial Adventures Game.

However, I caught the flu. Flu season has come late to Texas & I caught a touch of it. I was too sick to work, so I thought I could get some painting done. Wrong! Not only did I not make any progress, but I had to redo a lot of it. Then I thought I could just go to the store & play. There were plenty of guys bringing plenty of figures to loan to those who didn’t have theirs painted. Well, when the 25th arrived, I still felt bad & decided to stay home instead.

I switched from spray primer to gesso a couple of years ago. It works great, but here’s the caveat: You have to let it dry & cure for 24 hours. I use an old craft brush that has a little stiffness so I can push the gesso into all of the nooks & crannies of a miniature. Gesso is composed of chalk, acrylic paint, & glue. You brush it on heavily & it shrinks to bond with the miniature as it cures. Again, you have to let it dry at least 24 hours.

It comes in 3 colors that I know of, white, black, & gray. I use gray simply because it is easier on my eyes than the black or white. Sometimes, you may need to apply a second coat. Sometimes the first coat is thin in spots & at certain angles the metal will show through. The real secret to using gesso is to let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Primed with gray gesso

I haven’t found a dark flesh triad yet that I like. So for now, I’m using Vallejo’s Burnt Umber for the shadow tone; a mixture of Burnt Umber & Vallejo’s Dark Flesh for the mid tone; & just the Dark Flesh for the highlight tone.
Mid-tone from mixing Burnt Umber & Dark Flesh

And finally, some of the figures I finished this week:






3 comments

  1. Well done. I like the mix of shield type and design. I have yet to try out my can of spray primer. Back in the day I just used white paint.

  2. Thanks, Sean. The shields were what I really messed up while trying to paint with the flu. They were originally red, white, & blue. The ladies ended up looking like spokeswomen for Pepsi! So I went back to black & white with simpler motifs.

    I know a lot of painters swear by the Tamiya White Primer because it is thin & has good “tooth”. There’s also a lot of painters who use Gesso. Gesso takes a lot longer to apply & cure.

  3. It’s a good thing that you have the patience to use the Gesso (never heard of it before your post), I know I couldn’t wait that long 🙂

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