Friday, July 9, 2010

15mm Colonial Marine Platoon

I finally got round to taking some pictures of my 15mm colonial marines platoon. The figures are GZG NAC troops, mounted on pennies. For the paint scheme I used the excellent tutorial from the Dawn of the Lead site. it can be found here:

I am pretty happy with how they turned out, though I did have an issue with the dullcote. I don't know why exactly (bottom of the can, too old, not shaken enough?), but the dullcote left white residue in some of the recesses on the figures. It's not that noticeable, but still quite annoying to me. I've never had this happen to me before, so if anyone can shed some light on the matter it would be greatly appreciated.

These troops have seen a few battles now, mainly while I was visiting my buddy in Vancouver a few weeks ago. We had a few test games of the latest version of my skirmish rules. My marines got slaughtered both games (isn't that always the case with newly painted minis?). But on the bright side I am now (almost) totally happy with the infantry rules. I think maybe a few minor tweeks, but it seems to work quite well. Vehicle rules are the next big thing to tackle...

Anyway, here are the pictures. Feedback and suggestions on my painting is greatly appreciated.


  1. I've been told by old painting hands that the "fog" left behind by the dullcoat can be reversed with a shot of glosscoat. Once dry, you can re-apply the dullcoat.

    Caveat emptor.

    I haven't had this happen in a very long time, but I remember that did the trick. Now I spray once with semi-gloss coat and finish with dull coat.

    I don't remember the reason given for the fog, though "old" sounds about right.

  2. Thanks for the tip, I'll have to give that a try.

  3. I mostly use cheap craft paints actually. A bunch of different brands, though mostly Delta Creamcoat. They are very cheap (usually around 2 bucks a bottle), and have a nice consistency when you thin them with water.

    These are then supplemented with a few Games Workshop colours here and there.

  4. I've never seen Delta Creamcoat (probably coz Im UK), but the results look good.

    I think everyone uses some GW at some point, but have you tried Vallejo? I started using them a couple of years back and now thats all I mainly use.

  5. I've heard a lot of good things about Vallejo but have never tried it. I mainly use craft paint and GW because it's what's available locally. The only other option to buy locally is Reaper (though they are pretty good), due to the lack of a good mini gaming store.

  6. Nice painting on those minis, great to see my tutorial put to actual use!

    I've had spray varnish go cloudy when spraying in too warm or cold a temperature, might want to check that too.


    Mikko / DotL

  7. It's the moisture content in the air that causes Dullcote to go white. Usually a second coat of Dullcate applied over the top will do the trick, but so will the gloss and then Dullcote.

    Secret tip: light coats and allow to dry between each coat over night (well, at least an hour in a warm, dry room).