Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Cohesive Look for an Army.

Hi all

I'm currently on a bit of a mission doing a load of German units - the reason why - got an airbrush, my paintings improved and I hate a 'piecemeal army'. What do I mean by piecemeal - well it's an army without cohesion, because personally that's what makes a collection of models an army to me.
A bit of history - I've always considered myself an average painter - what that means now when I consider that I'm a better painter now than I used to be can be interpreted in many ways. However the point is this, individually I never thought my units were impressive, an entire army of them, in a cohesive display was! So since then my aim was to have an army in which no individual model is amazing, the force in full display together looks impressive.

The issue though with my Germans (and other armies in the past) is that because I do improve over time, I have to almost deliberately paint worse than previous to do a new unit to match a previous army! My Germans are a prime example of this (especially the infantry) I can paint winter infantry significantly better now - having done two whole armies, but I need to ensure they match the old Volksgrenadier models I did. Alternatively I do what I did with my British armour, the first ones I did for my Canadians were very very simple. They were not up to scratch when I came to redo my Brits, so I just restarted - much the same as I'm now doing with my German tanks.

I know some others have alternative ways to tie armies together such as bases or using just the same limited pallet of colours. Sadly with tanks you have no bases, and with regards colours - well they're all pretty similar in WW2!

So I think I'm following Winner Dave down the path of madness, strip and repaint to get that cohesive look - it's going to be a long few months....



  1. Couldnt agree more to be honest. Yeah its time consuming but the same paint pallette, method employed and basing makes one hell of a difference to any force for any system. It ties them together as a force, catches the eye and to me makes a statement of the love and effort put in to the hobby.

  2. What I did to my old grey painted tanks and half-tracks is, I just painted over them. It created battlewearines on its own that can't be replicated in any way. Oh and I used just brushes to do this.

  3. Good article, I think rather than necessarily stripping and repainting it all re-doing just the bases can really help tie together the units, especially on the tabletop the bases are more noticeable than the mdoels themselves, I do put my tanks on bases, the large FOW bases work perfectly with their tanks.

  4. I totally agree. I hate when my force doesn't look cohesive. Germans can be the worst for this with their different base colors and camouflage patterns. I find the same with my painting progression. Ipaint so slowly that my style and skills change through a project.