With scale models comes scale people. This could be on the deck of a ship, on a railway platform or in the cockpit of an aircraft. Adding a figure to a model gives the viewer a reference of scale. This Tutorial will cover some techniques on painting figures. The figure used in the tutorial is a 1/16 Otto Skorzeny plastic kit from Dragon. The paints I used for this model are acrylic. I find acrylics easy to work with and they are kinder to expensive brushes and dry quickly. Usually when painting a model I use a mixture of acrylics, enamels, felt pens, pencils and any thing else that gets the job done. The techniques described can be applied to almost any scale figure. The first thing to do is apply an undercoat. Sorry for the fuzzy photo! It’s also handy to tack your model down on something that you can hold whilst applying paint. I have used an old paint pot here. It s always good to thin down the paint before application. as paint that is too thick will clog up small detail. However this does depend on the paint as I find some acrylics a bit thin as it is. spray paint can also be used to apply undercoat. Next is the base coat. The base coat is the coat is the foundation colour of your model. This is the surface that the lowlights and highlights will be applied to. For Otto’s uniform I have used Tamiya Dark yellow (XF-60). Shadows Next is to apply shadows to creases in the uniform. When we look at our own clothes we can see creases and folds that cast shadows and we can also see areas of highlights. The model being 3-Dimensional means that it does cast shadows on its self. However the model does look a bit flat compared to real life. In order to bring the model to life we will emphasize the shadows and the highlights in the relevant areas. Just as an artist would when painting on a canvas. The shadows have been applied with to the creases of the model by watering brown paint right down. Then applying it to the creases of the model. The paint being thin will naturally flow into the crease areas. More to follow ..