Ok, as you know, The kids fell in love with Warhammer and we are in miniature fever at home… they bought their armies about 3 weeks ago, yet they haven’t played a game yet… why?? Because you need to put everything together and paint it!!
I told them they were in charge of everything in their army: assembling, painting, etc… and as This is exam time, they simply didn’t have the time to do anything. This week end was a bit more relax, so we started assembling on a massive scale… (which is paradoxical for miniatures, but… anyway…)
Basically, you just have to follow the instructions. It is very well done. Cut the pieces with the little pliers, and glue them together. We decided to assemble everything before painting, just for Organization’s sake. I was surprised that you sometimes find extra arms/weapons/decorations, just to make the soldiers your own and make sure that no soldiers are the same. Very cool.
As soon as a soldier was ready, we fixed them (using rolled tape) on our trusty spray painting board. When everything was ready, we had a mini crowd charging on the board. Something between Excalibur and Michael Jackson’s Thriller…
You need to prime your figurines. If not, the paint (which I Guess is acrylic) will not adhere that well on the glossy plastic. The shop sells their own primer, but I Guess you can use basically any other brand for this. I had an old can of white primer, and we used that. It is amazing how the details come to life with a simple coat. You don’t need to paint the whole thing in a color, just to create a surface that will hook the paint on the plastic.
And we ended up with a box full of snowy soldiers, ready to be painted.
Now, for the paint itself, i would advise to use the ones supplied by the Warhammer shop. Mainly because of their metallic paints (Gold, silver, copper) that you simply cannot find in a regular art supply shop. The pots are quite handy too, with a little “reservoir” in the lid, which allows you to take just the right amount of paint.
So, we started the painstaking task of painting all the little details, nooks and crannies of each figurine. The kids started by the “bigger” ones (behemoths and all that sort of things) before going to the smaller ones. Mainly to get acquainted with the level of details, as they never painted anything that small.
There are models in the documentation, and a lot of tips on how to paint them. However, creativity is still the key word here, and you can basically make your own army.
It takes time, patience and precision, and you are guaranteed a quiet night, without noisy video games… which is always a bonus.
See the result for yourself, painted by kids between 11 and 14. Not too bad if I dare say so myself.
Of course, we are still far from completing the whole thing, but it is a good start!