Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Painting 1/35 military figure

7 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    July 2016
Painting 1/35 military figure
Posted by blackburge on Friday, October 28, 2016 6:18 PM

I everybody, I have problem with painting 1/35 millitary figure. What is you suggestion, tips ?? Primer? My flesh paint are to Thick on my modèle face are you thin it? Thanks a lot 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, October 28, 2016 6:30 PM

I prime my figures with black primer, and yes, if your paint is to thick, you will need to thin it.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so


On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

  • Member since
    September 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Friday, October 28, 2016 9:56 PM

There are a ton of You-Tube videos out there that will take you through the how to paint a military figure.

  • Member since
    July 2003
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:43 AM

I bought this Vallejo Face Painting set.  The paints are wonderful, and the instructional pamphlet was a huge help.  It takes some practice to get the techniques down.  The paints need varying thinning with water.  However, I think it's a good place to start.

I've been using white primer with good results, but I can see where black primer would be desirable.  I may try black primer next time.  


  • Member since
    October 2016
Posted by Coot on Sunday, October 30, 2016 12:19 PM

I play miniature wargames and figure painting is central to gaming.  I'm not great at it, but there are some great painters on the web.

Take a look at this youtube channel.  She is very very good.

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:06 PM

Prime in black, so that your shadows are always dark and build up lighter areas with highlights. Keep your paints THIN. This will mean that you won't get 100% coverage with you first few passes with the brush, but it will build up and look more realistic.

With enough practice you eventually start painting feelings and emotions into your figures' faces.





This tutorial really opened up my world when it came to painting figures;

I use this same technique on clothing with great results as well. You just have to practice and not give up.

Start with blocking first - Getting good clean lines between your colors. So that a shirt sleeve and hand are separate and the colors don't bleed over each other. Clean blocking will get you good results to start from, then you can build apon the basic paint scheme with layers of thinner paint from that point and work your way up from there.

It will take some time before you get the hang of it, but it does start to get better as long as you stick with it.

Just don't give up on yourself.

There is a lot more information available in the figure painting section and if you have questions, we most likely have the answers.

I hope to see some examples of your work eventually. We can guide you better once we can see where your skills are at currently.

Hope this helps!  :D


- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    July 2016
Posted by blackburge on Sunday, October 30, 2016 7:14 PM

Thanks I will try this kit. :)

  • Member since
    July 2006
  • From: Clearwater, FL
Posted by Gymbo-59 on Thursday, November 3, 2016 7:29 AM

Never thought of using black primer.  Dunno why.   :)   I'll be doing that this weekend.   Thanks for the great tip.  

Duct tape is like the force.  It has a dark side & light side and it holds the universe together.


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.