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Painting models with oil paints

Painting models with oil paints

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I just thought I'd give it a go, just to see.

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First attempt at using oils

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To start, I’m going to try two large areas, the trousers and the shirt. The trousers will be red and the shirt white. I’m particularly interested in how I get on with the shirt as I generally find painting white difficult, so it will be interesting to see how easy this is with oil paints.

I also need to remember that blending oils is different with a different brush stroke. I’ll also need to keep remembering to remove the oil paint from the brush while blending.

Oh, and very importantly, do not lick the brush! I do lick my brush while painting to keep a point but when using oils and white spirit, this is not advisable….

First up, let’s get the palette ready. Red is hard to highlight, so I will try to focus on the shadows. I’ve therefore selected Vermillion Red, Scarlet Red and Cadmium Red. And Prussian Blue for the deeper shadows. I usually shade red with purple but Prussian blue is the closest of the oils in the set I have.

I’ve then mixed the colours together to create a palette to use

First attempt at using oils

I aim to try to copy the video linked in an earlier post and place the lightest colour on the areas highest and then lines of the darker colour in the shadows. I can then use the intermediate colours to move from one to the other.

The below diagram shows where I planned to put the paint.

First attempt at using oils

Blending was difficult. This was a new way to work the brush and I’m not sure that I got it right. I also used the synthetic brush for blending when perhaps the softer brush would have been better. Below are the results, although the red paint is very reflective and I’ve struggled to get a good picture. It does appear more shaded then these pictures suggest.

First attempt at using oils

On to the white. The oil set that I bought comes with Titanium White and I also selected a Sky Blue and Black to mix up a grey and cold, blue tones. My palette is below.

First attempt at using oils

The shirt is flatter and I found that this made blending easier than the folded cloth of the trousers. I used the same approach here with lines of colour put down, getting darker into the shadows before blending these together.

I found the consistency of the oil paint a little thick for this, so used some thinner to try to reduce this. I don’t think I took it far enough and some of the paint appears a little ‘lumpy’. Perhaps good for textured surfaces but we’ll see how this dries out. You can see the results below

Results of blending the whiteResults of blending the white

So far, I’m happier with the white than the red. I can see the colour change from bright white to a grey and this looks more natural than I’ve managed with acrylic paints. I’m still not sure about the red.

I’ve also noticed that photographing this is a lot harder. The paint is wet and highly reflective, which isn’t easy but I probably need to look into better, probably more natural, lighting conditions to get some good pictures.

I now need to wait for this paint to dry before starting the next part. This will take several days and is the main downside of oil paints. While there are drying mediums that you can add to speed this up, I didn’t want to complicate things and will just wait for the paint to dry naturally.

Step One

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Firstly, meet the victim for this experiment. This lovely metal miniature is from Black Hallows and was given free as part of a kickstarter that I backed (I forget which one). This particular chap is apparently called Odibrand Winterrock and he’s the town blacksmith. He’s scaled for 28mm.

Odibrand was not a single cast miniature and required the base gluing to the cobblestones (which are metal) and his hand holding the hammer gluing to his arm. I’ve pinned the feet into the base and also put a pin into the anvil ready to be mounted once it is painted up.

Meet OdibrandMeet Odibrand
Step One

As you can see from the images above, I’ve managed to prime the model and then splatter a zenithal highlight over him. Not my finest work with the airbrush. You’ll also notice that I’ve not bothered too much with the clean up and there are a few mould lines.

I’ll start by painting the base colours with acrylic paint as per the video I linked in. This is to provide a guide as to where to apply my oil colours.

Step One
Step One

I’m more interested in seeing how different colours work and blend on the model rather than trying to come up with a nice looking colour scheme. Hence the red trousers and my least favourite colour, a white shirt.

I’ll start with painting the trousers and see how I get on with that.

Gathering the tools

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I’m going to need some supplies before I start. First up, some oil paint. After some research, apparently oil paints have different qualities with ‘artist’ being better quality than ‘student’. Makes sense. There are a lot of different brands but Arteza seemed to be fairly well regarded without being too expensive.

Amazon was able to supply 24 Arteza tubes of oil paint covering the colour spectrum. And all for around £25, which, given that I’ve just paid £21 for a Scale 75 paint set containing 8 paints, seems good value.

I’m not using my good sable brushes on this experiment, especially as I’ll be using mineral spirit to clean the brush. So, Amazon again to the rescue with a cheap set of ‘sable’ brushes (probably made from horse hair rather than sable) and a set of synthetic brushes for clean up. For the sable brushes, I’ve gone for some fine detail brushes for application. The synthetic brushes will be for blending and I’ve opted for a selection of different types to help with that – specifically a couple which are flat rather than rounded.

Gathering the tools

Finally I will need some thinner and something to put this in. I could use any glass or plastic object but I feel a metal ‘artists’ pot will get me in the mood better.

I’ll also need a palette. In this case, I’m going to use an old CD case with some white paper inside so that I can clearly see the colours.

And with that, I’m ready to go.

Why?

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I’m not a good painter of models. I’ve never had a lot of artistic ability and neither do I have a lot of patience. The former problem may be caused by the latter problem…

While I’ve had some success with acrylic paint, I’ve found  my blending to be mediocre at best. I’ve tried glazes and inks but with no significant improvement.

While watching a video on oil washes for scale modelling, I was intrigued by comments from the author on drying times, ability to blend and how thinners could correct mistakes. This got me thinking.

After a search on YouTube, I found this video on painting models with oil paints. If nothing else, the video is very useful in explaining how to go about it and what you might need to try.

Having watched the video, I thought I’d give it try.

This project tracks my progress and I’ll see how a complete idiot, who’s never owned oil paints, let alone painted with them, gets on.

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