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How To Paint Plastic Soldiers Part 2

Updated on March 3, 2012

Base Coating

Following on from the previous hub How to Paint Plastic Soldiers .I'll continue with painting details .The figure I will be describing is from the Airfix German Paratrooper 1/32 Scale set . After preparation is completed I first paint the figure with a coat of Humbrol Matt Varnish, this gives a good base on to which the base paint coat can be painted.. I initially paint the figure with Revell Aqua color (water base paint) do not apply the paint too thick otherwise some of the detail on the figure will be lost. This coat will dry in about 10-15 minutes depending on room temperature. At this point a second coat can be applied.

Base Coating

Base coated figures
Base coated figures

Belts and Bags

Once the Base coat is dry I proceed to paint the Belts, webbing, boots and Insignia with black paint this requires a fine brush and a steady hand . If you do smudge slightly all is not lost as smudges can be covered at the end with base coat paint. Also at this stage I have painted the water bottle on the figures using a Saddle Brown colour.


I use a dark brown for the wood on weapons and the detail any metal with Oily steel or Gunmetal colour

Final Detail

The eyes are simply a tiny smudge of white paint . I then put a very tiny spec of black in the middle for the eye ball and a thin line of black above the eye socket for the eye brow.

when completely dry I finish by coating in a matt enamel varnish, this seals the figure and prevents chipping.

These figures are from Revell the fine detail is better than the airfix figures and they cost a little more.


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      Plastic Soldier 3 years ago from Cheshire England

      very bushy

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      I use similar steps painting the plastic figures from my Hero Quest board game.

      voted up.

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      4 years ago

      Have you by chance got huge bushy eyebrows? I'm wondering why you think these miniatures look good.

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      Plastic Soldier 6 years ago from Cheshire England

      Thanks for the advice I'll retake some more detailed photos of each step

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      An idea you may want to try for your hubs are to have photos of the interim steps - ie, show what the figure looks like before you've done anything, then with the first coat, then the second, then the belt, water bottle and so on. With each incremental step we can see the progress you make in painting them, showing us how you've done it. The photos in this hub really do a good job of showing how good you are at this.