Looking at some of the commercially available figures I get the impression that they have been painted with a three inch emulsion brush - bulging eyes, monotone clothing; I am sure you know what I mean.
One of the great things about our hobby is that it can take you off in all sorts of unexpected directions. For me that is figure painting as it is something that I had never tried in smaller scales. Various of my figures have appeared in some of my other topics, such as http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10230&start=50
This is a quick outline of the way I paint my figures. All of this is done with acrylics as it stops my wife complaining about the smell (of the paint, not me before you ask
The victims in this instance are the ICM 'Henry Ford and Co' and the first job is to prime the figures with Games Workshop's "Imperial Primer":
I rough in the eyes next, using a fine brush to put a thin black line across the eyeballs. The hard part here is not to make the figure look cross eyed:
The flesh starts with a coat of Games Workshop's "Bugmans Glow":
This is where it is very easy to make a mess of the eyes by splurging the base coat over them - Henry Ford took about 6 attempts to get right.
"Bugmans Glow" is followed up with a layer of "Cadian Fleshtone":
Then "Kislev Flesh" goes on:
The aim with the progressively lighter shades is to give highlights and lowlights, such as the tip of the nose and cheeks. This is enhanced with a wash of "Reikland Fleshshade" to 'pop' the highlights:
Clothes come next, and I work in layers from the skin outwards. I use a base colour then wash a darkened version in to the clothing creases. When this has dried I dry brush a lightened version of the base colour over the tops of the creases. Hopefully this shows up in the photo:
I find white and black are particularly difficult clothing colours, but reproducing them is made easier by not using either pure white or pure black; both are varieties of grey so the shading can be done. Pure white sticks out too much, and there ain't no such colour as black - unless you are in a very deep dark cave!
I can't help the thought that the mechanic in the ICM set looks a bit like Vladimir Putin. This is him with his overalls painted:
Even better is the engineer in the ICM set. I think he looks a bit like George Batty from the Sand Hutton Railway:
He really needs a Hunslet "Waril" to drive.
Finally Vladimir and George are discussing the Bagnall 'Alice':
So much for a quick outline - goodness knows how much space I could take up with a detailed description! That's how my figures get painted, and I am learning something new with every one. The main thing is to have a go and not be afraid of messing a few up - practice is what cheap Chinese figures and Modelstrip were invented for
Over to you guys - let us know how you paint your figures as you may have some better ideas than mine.