Modeling Guides: Painting Micro Force 10mm Figures
Preparation and Priming - Miniatures must be prepared for a good paint job. Manufacturing often leaves a “part line” around the figures which may be removed by scraping with a sharp hobby knife. Also check for any flash or vents - small pointy spikes of metal. These are usually at corners of bases, or at the tips of muskets or swords. These are best sliced off with the hobby knife.
GHQ figures do not require scrubbing with soap and water, nor a primer. Here we will use a primer to assist in shading.
"Inside Out" and "Hard Edged" - Look for places where painting one area will damage other previously painted areas. These are the places to paint first - so work from inside to out! These figures are small, so only worry about getting one hard edge perfect. In the case of the hussar, that would be the collar, then head, next busby and then plume.
Get a book with color pictures of real horses. GHQ makes the best horseflesh available in pewter, so don’t settle for nags dipped in one shade of brown! Use washes and drybrushing to add realism.
Painting Aides Supplied by GHQ - Micro force 10mm miniatures are designed for easy painting. Buttons, trim, straps, drum ropes, etc. are all oversized so you can paint them. Other details are scribed in to the figures, like this British drummer’s trim. Though you can use paper flags, most of the cast pewter flags have scribed lines showing where, for example, the CSA “Stars & Bars” or French Tri-color go. These figures are small, but not difficult to paint.
Painting Equipment - GHQ puts the same devotion to accuracy into the equipage in their 10mm models that you have come to expect from Micro Armour. Here you learn how to paint a French 6 pounder, one of the few correct models of the System of the Year IX gun (used from 1809 through 1815) available in any scale.
Use GHQ Olive Drab acrylic paint (CLR5) to paint French and Union equipage. British, Confederates and Prussians look best in Skyblue Kersey (CLR25). Metal furniture in the carriage is always painted black.