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alcal
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:35 pm    Post subject: Painting Horses with Oils Reply with quote

I have been asked to re do my short example of painting horses with oils for future reference.Its not by any means a new method but here is my version.

PAINT

Windsor & Newton `Winton`37ml had them for about 20+ yrs and more recently Daler-Rowney`Georgian`75ml,but im sure any make of oils would work and a smaller tube would still go a long long way.I love the oil as it gives such a rich finish they i just cant match any other way and at the same time so simply,jees your not even painting the horse really are you. Cool

My most common colours are:
Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna
Vandyke Brown (Hue)
Crimson Alizarin
Yellow Ochre
White
Black

APLICATION

Before oiling your horses you need to undercoat them,i used to prime them white but this makes the final wipe off more difficult,i now use a bright version of whatever i want the horse finished in.Most commonly this is a form of orange tan.
Most importantly (for me anyway)is to do the base/prime coat in enamel and to leave it about two days to thoroughly harden.Next using the oil paint straight out of the tube(although i do mix them together to give slight variations on the shade)brush it all over your horse and wipe off.I use toilet roll for this but another suggestion is sponge or cloth/linnen.
This will create all the highlights on the horse as well as leaving the defined shaded areas.You need to leave the horses two to four days to harden /dry the oil before you carry on to do the main/tail/socks/hoofs and blaze,oh and remember to paint the eyes black and dont add white unless youve got a startled horse to do.I tend to use a black wash on the main and tail of most horses,remember horses rarely have no socks or four socks.

Ist example is of the Revel German Artillery Horses in plastic:







2nd example is from the redoubt 28mm ECW range:




Simple but effective,my horses arnt the best ive seen but are very acceptable especially as in my last batch when doing over a hundred at a time! Very Happy

Cheers AL
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice .. Cool
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Panzer21
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to speed up the drying time of oils, there's a medium called Linquin which while it can thin the paint, does speed drying time considerably.

There's also a new product........water soluble oil paints!
When I first heard about them I thought it was an April 1st, but it's true. The oil paint uses a water soluble linseed oil. You can also buy thinners & a product that does the same as linquin.

To use them they are identical to oils, except you can wash your brush in water.
Neil
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