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Thursday, 24 January 2013

And some Japanese to fight against them with

When I did the first sixteen figures for the 14th Army I also did 17 Japanese to go with them. The Assault Group do a deal that give you free figures so I had the spare chap with the shovel.

Like with the 14th Army chaps, I purchased another set of figures after I completed these and still have another 24 Japanese to paint, including some LMG's and the Knee Mortars.

These are painted as follows with Vallejo Model Colour:

Japanese Uniform: 923 - Soft hats, tunics, trousers, socks
Green Brown: 879 - Puttees, Sun Hats, Helmets, Packs, Straps
Dark Sand: 847 - Helmet Cloths
Saddle Brown: 940 - Belts, Binocular Cases, Pistol Holsters, Shoes, Rifle Stocks, Bayonet Handle, Ammo Pouches, Helmet Straps
Black: 950 - Bayonet Scabbard, Bayonet, Barrel, Lock, Some Shoes, Water Bottle, Hair
Gunmetal Grey:863 - Bayonet
Tan Yellow: 912 - Exposed Flesh
Flat Green: 968 - Leaves
Flat Yellow: 953 - Helmet Star
Dark Sand: 847 - Helmet Netting

Once the figure is base coated I give the figure a wash of Vallejo Sepia Wash. Once dry I apply the highlights as follows:

Japanese Uniform: 923 - Highlight with Japanese Uniform: 923 and then a mix of Japanese Uniform: 923 and Ivory: 918
Green Brown: 879 - Highlight with Green Brown: 879 and then a mix of Green Brown: 879 and Dark Sand: 847
Dark Sand: 847 - Highlight with Dark Sand: 847 and then a mix of Dark Sand: 847 and Ivory: 918
Saddle Brown: 940 - Highlight with Saddle Brown: 940 and then with a mix of Saddle Brown: 940 and Dark Sand: 847
Black:950 - Highlight with Black Grey:962 or Highlight with a mix of Gunmetal Grey:863  and Black:950 for the bayonets and rifle fittings, then bayonets are then further highlighted in Gunmetal Grey:863 and Silver:997
Tan Yellow: 912 - Highlight with Tan Yellow: 912 and then again with a mix of Tan Yellow: 912 and Ivory: 918
Flat Green: 968 - Highlight with Flat Green: 968 and then with a mix of Flat Green: 968 and Dark Sand: 847

Line with Peat Brown Ink: Faces, Fingers, Musculature, Rifle Split, Strapping, Fastenings, etc.

Japanese Officer

Japanese Officer

Japanese Officer

Japanese Officer

Japanese Rifle Section

Another view of that section

Another Rifle Section

Another view of the second section
 I hope to get the rest of the Japanese done over the next few weeks.


  1. Wow, I really like those. I guess it's the wash that gives them the strong shadow tones? How would you compare the vallejo wash with the GW washes?

  2. Thanks for your comments. I'm sorry, I have not used the GW washes so cannot comment on the comparison.

  3. Those look great Paul always fancied doing the Japanese!

  4. Thanks Willie. I'd certainly consider TAG as my first choice if you do.

  5. Bolt Action mix well with Assault Group. I'm working on some of each. Thanks for posting your color choices.