From the Publisher
lavishly illustrated in full colour
Here it is at last; Kevin Dallimore's fully comprehensive guide to painting miniature models! If you're entirely new to painting then this guide will help to get you started, and if you have painted before you'll find it full of useful tips and new ideas. With the aid of numerous fully illustrated stage-by-stage examples Kevin describes every aspect of his celebrated painting style, from a quick and simple method designed to get you painting single models and armies to a high standard, to more advanced techniques that will help you get amazing results from your models. All areas of the miniature model painting hobby are examined in detail, with sections covering the equipment you'll need, the preparation of models, designing and painting shields, using transfers, painting horses using oils, varnishing and basing. There are also features on creating dioramas, converting models and painting vehicles and buildings plus hints and tips from some well-known guest painters. Illustrated throughout with a vast number of painted examples featuring Kevin's stunning work, this guide should inspire miniature model enthusiasts everywhere to pick up those paint brushes!
From the Author
Many years have passed since I first had the idea of writing a painting and modelling guide and I apologise, to those of you who have been patiently waiting, for the delay! Since my initial draft of this book the project has grown and expanded beyond anything I had originally envisioned, but I think the end result is all the better for that long period of development. It might even be worth all the extra grey hairs!
I've tried to cover every aspect of my painting techniques in this book and have included pictures to illustrate each step as clearly as possible, along with a vast array of 'beauty shots' to inspire you to pick up those paint brushes! From time to time I've presented alternative approaches to subjects or called on the help of other painters who do things differently to me, so there should be enough tips and suggestions that any painter of any standard, from beginner to expert, will find something of use. I don't expect anyone to read everything from cover to cover though (although it would be great if you did!), just pick and sample bits that take your fancy.
I'd like to close this little preamble by expressing my gratitude to several people who have helped me in assorted ways during the writing of this book; Ivan Congreve, Paul Richardson, Mark Copplestone, Alan Perry, Michael Perry, Thomas Foss, Andrew Taylor, Jim Bowen, Tom Wiess, Chris Steadman, Paul Baker, Steve Mussared, Steve McGuire, Ian Heath, Bryan Ansell, Keith Pinfold and Steve Dean. Particular thanks go to Martin Buck for his painting and also for editing the whole thing and most of all thanks to John Treadaway and my partner Caroline for their steadfast encouragement.