Here are some Harlequin British infantry. Lovely sculpts, they are. A pleasure to paint.
I undercoated white, and then block painted the main elements in this order:
- red jacket, leaving the white piping and belts untouched
- blue trousers and caps
- black boots
- leather rifle sling
I then painted them with Army Painter (or Wattyl walnut Stain and Varnish for me). When dry I dry brushed white over the basing material, added some irregular patches of desert kind of flock, and painted the sides of the bases in Nato Chocolate. Then I matt varnished them with Tamiya Flat.
Finally, I ran a line of pure white over the exposed belts just to bring them into sharp focus. I left the helmets dull to simulate the practice of dyeing them with tea, as they did.
And so I have my first group for my new Colonial VSF period. This, once I get some officers, will be three platoons (or a company and a half). Since my VSF campaign will be happening in South America, these first troops represent Imperial military ‘advisors’ or troops sent to protect particular assets.