How to Paint Realistic Military Figures by Lynn Kessler
Many military dioramas require realistic personnel for the sake of authenticity, but painting such small human figures presents special challenges, and in particular, when it comes to face painting. This guide aims to answer modellers' questions about painting scale figures with acrylics - more forgiving and easier to handle than oil-based mediums - and generally improving their painting skills. Figures from specific periods are featured, including the Middle Ages, the Napoleonic era, World War II, as well as soldiers from Vietnam and the Gulf War conflicts. Fully detailed chapters are devoted to the Napoleonic uniform, the camouflage uniform and metal finishes such as armour, helmets, chain-mail and weaponry. There is also advice on choosing the proper tools, achieving light and shadow effects, displaying figures and creating simple dioramas.