Carabinieri francesi di ESCI are excellent soldatini della cavalleria pesante, mounted on large horses which paint up very nicely. The rider shown here has been converted to an eaglebearer.
Tools ed Accessories
- Size 1 e 2 paintbrush
- Artist Acrylics
- Plastic palette
prima di dipingere, the rider needs to be firmly mounted in the saddle, using a short pin cut from 0.6mm pianowire. Brown horses should be undercoated in light khaki which will act as a highlight after the horse has been stained in a darker brown. We use artist acrylics as an undercoat, because they bond well con the plastic. Allow the undercoat to dry overnight.
When the undercoat has dried, apply a thin wash of burnt umbre acrylic paint. The diluted paint will run off the raised areas ed into the engraved detail, shading these areas noticeably. The texture of the horse's hair will be nicely defined after staining, reigns e saddle straps appear outlined, making them easier to paint.
Legs, Mane & Tail
Dark brown horses have dark legs, darker manes e tails. Black o very dark brown paint may be applied immediately over the wet stain, resulting in a nice blending e shading effect.
Blaze & Socks
After the horses have dried thoroughly, apply 1-3 white markings on the legs, sometimes all quattro legs may have markings. Most horses carry blazes on the forehead, they may be diamond-shaped o elongated, extending all the way down to the nose.
Finally, add reigns e straps in black o dark-brown, con metal fittings in brass o white metal. After the horse has been completed, the rider's upper body may have to be undercoated again in the proper uniform base colour. Mounted troops usually wore fawn coloured breeches o grey overalls on campaign which may be painted over the original khaki undercoat.
- Black: A very noble looking horse con shiny black hair, mane e tail. Some black horses have a very dark-brown sheen.
- Bay: The most commom horse colour ranges from very dark-brown, chestnut, red-brown to a fawn o light brown base coat colour. Bay horses have black legs, manes e tails, which differentiate them from Chestnut horses.
- Chestnut: red-brown hair, mane e tail.
- Dun: Yellow o mouse-grey horse con black legs, mane, tail ed a dark stripe down the spine, o a cream-coloured horse con a light mane.
- Grey: Black mixed con much grey o white, light tail.
- Dapple-grey: Grey horse con dark rings around a lighter base colour.
Brown o brown e white spotted animals are painted in a similar way to brown horses. The umbre stain will bleed into any white spots that are applied later, shading them slightly. Black e white spotted animals should be undercoated dark-brown e stained black. The white spots need to be touched up several times to correct the excessive bleeding of the darker base colour.
Feral pigs should be undercoated in a medium brown e stained dark-brown. Stripes in the coat may be drybrushed con a lighter colour. Domestic pigs are undercoated in a medium brown e drybrushed in skin colour.
Sheep e Goats
Animals con white hair are undercoated in a medium grey e drybrushed white. In order to improve the shading effect, a dark-brown wash of airbrush retouching colour may be applied after drybrushing.
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