Thursday, February 10, 2011

Paint Iron Warriors

Miniature iron warriors are used in museum displays as well for historical dioramas.

Painted iron warriors are most often used in dioramas or role-playing games. They are small and require precise brushwork, but with good lighting and a bit of practice, you can learn to paint miniature iron warriors.


1. Remove the iron warrior from its packaging. Use a hobby knife to remove any "flashing," or bits of metal left on the seams. Use sandpaper to smooth any rough surfaces.

2. Use a wet rag and a weak soapy water solution to clean the surface of the iron warrior, then dry it with a towel. Place the iron warrior on a piece of cardboard to protect the surface of your work area.

3. Apply a primer paint layer. Use pure white if the warrior will be painted a light shade, pure black if the warrior will be painted a dark shade. Let the primer layer dry for half an hour.

4. Apply a layer of paint to the larger areas first, like capes or overcoats, then move to the details, like buttons and belts. Let each layer of paint dry for half an hour.

5. Spray the warrior with a layer of paint sealant once the top layer of paint has dried. Perform this step outside or in a well-ventilated area.

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