Painting — The Round Massive Tin Figure

The fab­ri­ca­tion of tin fig­ures had pri­mar­i­ly been con­cen­trat­ed around Nurem­berg until 1872, when Georg Heyde from Dres­den was grant­ed a license to fab­ri­cate tin figures.

He pro­duced, among oth­er things, sev­er­al series of round fig­ures in full-met­al tin-lead alloy in 43 mm includ­ing every­thing from Roman legionar­ies, Ger­man infantry to native Amer­i­can Indi­ans — and with that the rea­son was laid for the round mass fig­ures that we know today.

After World War II, sev­er­al new mate­ri­als have emerged as plasik and resin, which many of the fig­ures today are cast from.


From the first fig­ures with few details to be painted




For the today often incred­i­bly detailed models

With the round-shaped fig­ures, a com­plete­ly new approach to paint­ing of shapes aris­es as one now has to relate to paint­ing a fig­ure that is in 3D, where the flat fig­ures are only in 2D.

Whether you are a prac­ti­tion­er or a begin­ner, you will always spend a lit­tle — or a lot — of time plan­ning how to han­dle each model.

Many of the Soci­ety’s mem­bers have great knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence in mod­el­ing and paint­ing and over time, sev­er­al mem­bers have cho­sen to share this knowl­edge with the oth­er mem­bers of the Soci­ety through arti­cles in the Soci­ety’s Mag­a­zine. The fol­low­ing links con­tain exam­ples of this:

About paint­ing of round mass fig­ures by Niels Boesgaard

About paint­ing the faces of Peter Thrane

About Paint­ing Horses