Painting and Finishing Techniques

Painting and Finishing Techniques Painting and Finishing Techniques

Osprey Modelling 45
Author: Gary Edmundson
Osprey Publishing, April 2010, 80 pages.
ISBN: 9781846032639

Painting and Finishing Techniques…

The idea of painting and finishing a model is to replicate what the actual subject looks likes in real life in miniature form. This sounds simple enough, but when first starting out in the hobby, unless you have access to resources such as this book you mostly learn these techniques via trial and error. This book provides one such resource and is aimed at those people who already have some knowledge and skill in finishing models but are looking to improve.
After a short section explaining the different types of paints and finishes, the author then looks at the all important workspace, placing a great deal of importance on cleanliness and use of adequate lighting. While these sections are nothing earth shattering, they are however often over looked aspects of the hobby as there is nothing worse than finding dust or a stray cat hair stuck on your newly painted model.

The book focuses on larger scale models such 1/48th and 1/35th (compared to the 1/100th of Flames Of War) and covers both finishing techniques on model aircrafts as well as armoured vehicles. The subjects covered include painting vehicle interiors, how to create and use an oil-paint wash (a very useful technique for enhancing detail on models) and painting various types of camouflage schemes such as hard-edged and soft-edged patterns.

The most useful section I found in the book was the section on weathering, as I am a strong believer in modelling at any scale is all about the detail and the finish. The book includes plenty of step-by-step photos of the techniques shown and being quite the tank buff, the highlight of the books for me was the excellent step by step section on weathering armoured vehicles. The author also demonstrates very well the use of masking tape for various tasks during the course of the book.

The book only briefly touches on figure painting for completeness but by the author’s own admission, he is not an accomplished figure painter. However, he does a more than adequate job demonstrating step-by-step how to paint a tank commander for a project featured in the book. The only thing I felt that could have been covered in a bit more depth was varnishing or sealing once the model is complete. The author has included one paragraph on his preferences in the aircraft section but I would have liked to have seen some alternates discussed.

All-in-all, this book achieves the goal of demonstrating how to detail and finish models to a high standard. While not aimed specifically at Flames Of War combined with both volumes of the Art Of War, the reader can definitely take away some useful tips and techniques that they can apply when painting their next armoured platoon or aircraft sortie.

~ Blake.

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Last Updated On Thursday, November 4, 2010 by Chris at Battlefront