18mm Samurai

November 11, 2010 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

I’m taking a little diversion from the 28mm world and working on some 18mm figures for gaming on the road.  Most of my gaming takes place away from my house, and transporting large boards and figures gets to be a pain.  I figure, If I paint up some 18mm figures and mount them magnetically to a tray they should be easy to store and ready for a quick game.  I’m working on a 2×2 board for on the road gaming.

Plus, it is great to be able to paint a figure from start to basing in about 45 minutes.  Quicker once I get the assembly line going.

Here’s the ashigaru archer, forced into service by his lord and ready to fight and (almost certainly) die.  Both are from Old Glory.

As well as his samurai superior, who is desperately in need of a dullcoat to kill some of the shine.

These were both test figures to check colors and painting techniques.  I’m learning that on 18mm figs I need to paint with a lot of contrast to make the colors really pop out.  The red is much too dark to really be seen.  The ashigaru yellow and grey is better,  but still not what I’m looking for.

One of the great things about 18mm is that you can use some 28mm stuff next to it and it becomes much more epic.

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