Painting Figures Multimedia
S u m m a r y
||CD ROM for Windows PCs (tested on a
PC running Windows XP Professional)
USD$35.97 from Squadron.com
||Useful hints and tips; high
production values; very helpful to actually see certain techniques
in use; good spread of colour theory, history, preparation and actual
Miniatures' Painting Figures Multimedia is available online from
Our hobby is a solitary one.
We have hobby shops, model clubs, competitions and the Internet, but
these tend to be social outlets . When we are actually performing the
hobby of building and painting a model (be it figure, plane, tank or
ship), we are generally alone with nobody to refer to.
Books and Internet discussion groups can be helpful for picking up
tips and techniques, but there is no substitute for actually seeing
a modelling technique being performed. If a picture is worth a thousand
words, a video is worth many more!
Andrea Miniatures has produced a CD with around 50 short videos on
the subject of painting metal figures with acrylics. In reality, the
techniques are equally valid for resin and plastic figures too (with the
possible exception of priming).
The CD starts with a panoramic view of a stunning 1/35 scale diorama
of Andrea's Type VII U-Boat. A series of short clips run through the
history of figure models, requirements for a workspace, tools,
adhesives, and assembly techniques. A longer video on painting theory is
next. I found this section particularly interesting. It describes
overhead lighting technique, and some new insights (for me) into
lightening and darkening colours.
The real focus of the CD is painting the figure. A series of videos,
each several minutes long, break down the painting of the face,
garments, leather and wood into easily digested chunks. Each section
includes a practical demonstration of the techniques on a 90mm Andrea
figure. Plenty of time is spent showing the mixing of paints and the
application of layers of colours, light and shade.
The CD is capped off with a discussion about bases and display, plus
some more examples of completed figures.
It took me a little over an hour to view the contents of this CD.
Production quality is first rate, with excellent lighting, close-up
shots, clear voiceovers and a pleasant soundtrack of classical music.
If you, like me, slop a wash over a figure then hope for the best,
this CD might be for you! Actually seeing the techniques for
highlighting and shadowing flesh and fabric gave me plenty of
inspiration to make a bigger effort on my next figure.
This will be a useful aid for anyone wanting to go to the next stage
with figure model painting.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2003 by Brett
This Page Created on 01 February, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003
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