Before the actual painting can be started, the items are prepared by filing and cleaning, after which they are primed with a good quality spray paint.
For figure painting, oil-based (alkyd) and water-based (acrylic) paints are used – sometimes in combination. However, not mixed together as liquid, but one type can be overcoated with the other.
The oil-based colors are best diluted with rectified French turpentine. Among the oil colors are Humbrol, Model Master, Lefranc & Bourgeois, Rembrandt, and Winsor & Newton widely used; and among the water colors, Vallejo and Scalecolor are recommended.
For fig paint, Kolinsky Red Sablre or ferret hair brushes are used in different sizes. A whole range of techniques are available to master light and shade, typically painting in many layers before the result is satisfactory. The degree of mathematics can subsequently be adjusted by using varnish types in, for example, mat, gloss and satin.
(click on the pictures for more information on tools and how the characters are painted)