16 December 2009

Applying the Tan Undercoat. . .

Here's Mr. Hand, in the midst of applying the tan undercoat to the final nine cuirassier coats. Anyone out there remember the old Mr. Bill Show on NBC's Saturday Night Live? "He's going to be mean to me. Oh, nooooooooo. . ."


And here's the third squadron of the Anspach -Beyreuth Kuirassiere, all nice, tan, and ready for the next step of the painting process.


A spare hour or so late this afternoon saw me up to my eyebrows in Delta Ceramcoat "Trail Tan", which I use in a two part process to paint white coats. The tan undercoat provides some shadow and added depth for any figures wearing white uniform itemss. It's a bit less stark than black and, I feel, approximates pre-industrial age white uniforms, made from undyed wool, more effectively. Next step? Painting in some of the boarders, edging, and smaller details first before adding the pure white on top of the undercoat. Yep, that's right boys and girls. I said BEFORE applying the white. Stay tuned to Radio Free Stollen for more painting updates and a few Kodak moments!

4 comments:

Fitz-Badger said...

I remember. :) It's Colonel Sluggo, Mr. Bill...

Interesting to see these progress pics.

Bluebear Jeff said...

I am looking forward to learning your technique too, Stokes . . .

. . . but I also have a question. Do you have three hands? If not (and I presume that you don't), how do you manage to have your left hand holding them miniature and your right presumably holding both the brush and taking the photo?

Inquiring minds want to know.


-- Jeff

Stokes Schwartz said...

Jeff -- It's a trade secret!

A J said...

LOL, my wife talks about Mr. Hand. SNL doesn't air in Britain but I wish I'd seen it during the classic days of Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi et al.

I turned to using tan undercoat for figures in white or gray uniforms for the very reason you say. It makes for a much less harsh effect.

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