Three Orcs landed on my paint station. Very characterful models, although they needed to get some serious bikers cloathing to be done.
First of all, like on every model, proper cleaning is the beginning ;) . Fortunately, there is not much job on this part with Maxmini models. Once all of the mould lines are removed there is time for priming. With some of the models I use airbrush for applying basic colours, but this time I've simply used black and white primers from GW range. At first I've primed all of the parts with black one. It's a good idea to apply paint in two turns, taking a few minutes break before applying another. When first layer of primer is dry unpainted parts, that were missed by paint are better visible and are easier to cover with the second layer. Now there is time for white primer. Adding it will help us to see how the light drops. Simply make two or three thin sprays, taken from the top of the model. There is no need to make them totally white. Even more, they shouldn't be fully white - thus you'll be able to see how shades and highlights should be applied.
Now we are ready to paint! Personally I paint one part after another, starting from the biggest parts and with obvious colours, so shoes, pants and jackets were first. Of course I've used brown and black colours to imitate hard leather cloathing. When basics are done, there is time for details – belt buckets, rings, zippers and so on. I add more contrast for these parts to make them more visible on the model - otherwise they could get lost in the whole look.
Next part to do is the skin. I've used olive greens as a base, dark green for darker tones and cool bone tone for highlights. At this moment vertical black and white priming shows its usefulness as you can see where the shades and highlights are. Proper blending needs time so be patient. Often it is necessary to apply even ten layers of different shades.
It is good to add some different colour to break the monotonous greens, so when most of the work on the skin blending was done I've applied a thin layer of brown ink. After that I've add final layers of olive green and cool bone tone only on the protruding elements like elbows, knuckles, ears and so on. Like with cloating, when most of the surface is ready there is time for details – teeth, eyes, tongue. The best I left for the end – glasses! They really make the feel of the models so they need extra attention - and more importantly they are fun to paint :) I've painted all three in different colours to have an extra exercise. How to achieve such effect I'll show you with details next time.