The UndercoatFor undercoating the Ila I used Humbrol enamel matt black. You want the undercoat to be as matt as possible so the detail on the model is easier to see. For an acrylic undercoat it is a good idea to use a matting agent, as acrylics tend to be naturally a bit shinier.I brushed the paint on with a Small Drybrush brush making sure I covered the entire model. Don’t let the paint pool anywhere as this will dry very thick and could obscure details. Also watch out for any stray hairs detaching from your brush and sticking to the model during undercoating. Pull them off with tweezers before they become permanently attached! Take particular care not to clog up the face and similar fine detail areas and I also made sure the undercoat didn’t form a web of paint between the spears, don’t be afraid to go back and clear runs or blobs of undercoat off with your brush. I then let the undercoat dry completely before going on to paint the models.PAINTINGThe figure painting follows my well known method of working from dark to light shaded form a black undercoat, the method is explained in full detail in Foundry MiniaturesPainting & Modelling Guide, and Kevin Dallimore’sPainting & Modelling Guide: Master Class. This three or more colour painting method uses successive tones of colour (shade, middle and light) which are added to the model in layers, working up from dark to light. This creates a bold three-dimensional effect of shadows and highlights, the layers of colour giving greater depth and subtlety to the model. It may seem counterintuitive if you haven’t painted this way before, but bear with me.THE PAINTI used Army Painter paints to paint the Ila, from the Warpaints Mega Paint Set, mixing up colours to suit my style and preferences. The Mega Paint Set provides and adequate range of colours for almost all needs, but you will often need to mix colours to get the desired results, however I have tried to work our combinations of colours to reduce this a bit.
The amount of paint you squeeze out to use is harder to judge, I usually mix up more than I need, which better than not having enough, I’m afraid I have grown a bit lazy with using pre-mixed paint systems.Lastly don’t get too much paint on your brush, less than a third of the way up the hairs on the brush in the paint is plenty, neverdip the brush all the way up to the metal ferrule, or you will ruin that brush in short order. THE EYESThese models have well defined eyes a swell as great faces and so are ideal if you fancy having a go at eyes. I paint the eyes first so I can get them right before doing the rest of the model, as if the eyes are not good it will spoil the rest of the paint job! If you are not confident about painting eyes leave them unpainted, it will look fine.The whites of the eyes are in Matt White, no prizes, I painted the in with a Warpaints Insane Detail brush. Follow the detail on the model, and don’t worry if you don’t get it quite right because you can always neaten up the white with some MattBlack. Then I painted in the iris, just a dot using the same brush, with Oak Brown. Make sure the position of the iris match, as you can see I have one warrior looking to the side and the rest looking straight ahead, but above all, try not to make them crossed eyed!
Paint the eyes first. Try not to make them crossed!