I've gone back and re-painted the original test-figure, giving him a lighter, more Nothern-European skin-tone. I've also lightened up the colours on the smock (Or "para-frock" as other British Army units used to refer to them as little as ten years or so ago. A bit of revenge for being called "crap hats" by the boys with the red beret). I've also painted up two more test figures: one using a different ink wash and highlighting method and the second using a different base coat for the smock.
Of the three, the NCO pointing with the rifle is probably the closest in appearance to the original reference photographs provided by the customer, having more of an ochre base to his smock whereas the other two have more of a buff base. On the other hand, the officer with the beret in the middle has a lighter, brighter, cleaner look overall. I've included the the original test miniature paint-job at the bottom of the article for comparison purposes.
Apologies for the picture quality. The differences in painting style/technique between these three are quite subtle. My better -half (the good photographer) is at work and I wanted to get these up quickly for the customer. If I don't hear back from the customer before she get's back, I'll stick up better ones.
|New Test Miniature Batch|
|Para Test Mini 2a|
|Para Test Mini 2b|
|Para Test Mini 2c|
|Original Test Miniature|