Saturday, October 06, 2012


I have not done any 'flats' painting before, I have had these wonderful "Retreat from Russia" minis for a few years now and have been both fascinated and intimidated by the prospect of painting them.

I have finally decided to paint them up, while either planning to put them into a shadow box or other wall display with either a snow-scene backdrop, or the graph depicting the Grand Armee's numbers from the advance to the retreat.


Bluebear Jeff said...

The "Castles of Tin" blog has many examples of painted flats . . . you might want to look through some of his back posts:

-- Jeff

MurdocK said...

thank you Jeff!

MurdocK said...

I had looked at that blog before - it was mostly naval, now I see many tricornes and flats, as you say.

Most are very well painted 40mm or larger. If you had looked through all that blog before Jeff, does he get into any painting tips on flats?

Bluebear Jeff said...

I don't recall, my friend, I look at so many blogs, but I think he might have done so.

Why don't you leave a question about it in his comments? I suspect that he'd be willing to share his thoughts, since he does love flats.

-- Jeff

Corporal_Trim said...

Hi, MurdocK,

It's my blog that Jeff referred you to. Some of the flats are 40mm but most of them are 30mm. I don't paint large scale flats.

You have a very nice set there in the Retreat from Moscow. As for the intimidation factor, it's common enough but I say - don't be. If you can paint wargames figures, you can paint flats.

As for the people who paint contest-worthy flats with oils, most of them have been at it for a long time. Setting the bar at the connoisseur level of painting is a recipe for disappointment. Don't worry about that, paint to please yourself in the style you're comfortable with.


MurdocK said...

Thank you Steve for the encouragement.

I have always found the incredible detail on these sort of minis something of a challenge to work with.

I suspect it may be time for me to get a new fine point brush or two.