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Painting Wargaming Figures – Allied Forces in Northwest Europe, 1944-45 (Paperback)

British and Commonwealth, US and Free French

WWII Wargaming Modelling Photographic Books Colour Books Military

By Andy Singleton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 200 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399005623
Published: 5th April 2022


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This book is aimed at assisting those new or unfamiliar with historical figure modelling and wargaming by providing them with a range of simple tips and techniques to assist them in putting together good looking collections using methods that won’t take an age.

Covered in this book are an introduction to the majority of tools and materials commonly found in modelling, before moving on to cover clear, concise guides for painting British, American and Canadian forces, along with notes on the uniforms of the Free forces from occupied nations.

The guides cover all the common variations of uniform used during the period, including British and Canadian Battledress, Airborne forces uniforms, and the American M43 uniform, as well as when these uniforms were worn and introduced. Camouflage uniforms are also covered, and are broken down into how to apply the various patterns simply and with easy-to-repeat methods.

Illustrated with hundreds of photos, each stage of the guides has a combination of text description, photograph and list of both paint and brush size used to make the steps as easy to follow as possible.

The figures used for the examples throughout the book are 20mm scale but of course the techniques can apply to others. Every step is clearly explained, from a dark base coat for shadows and then adding colour and highlights, including detail of the specific brush sizes and paint colours used for each stage. It is also worth pointing out that he does include notes saying where certain elements can be loft out if you have a lot of figures to do and want to save a little time. The standard of work illustrated throughout the book is excellent, and Andy does a really good job in explaining the techniques in a clear and easy to follow manner. Easily recommended for modellers and wargamers.

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About Andy Singleton

Andy Singleton has been modelling and painting since childhood, having built subjects across a broad range of subjects, scales and genres. In 2014, Andy decided to stop having a proper job and picked up his brushes full time to become professional figure painter, with his business Volley Fire Painting Service. In addition to painting legions of figures, he has worked with many manufacturers across the industry and examples of his work can be found in many rule books, magazines and websites. Andy is also a co-host on the podcast ‘A Few Brits and the Hobby’.

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