This is another article from my old website and describes how I paint and base 20th Century figures using washes over a white undercoat and then staining. Most of the figures I've painted in recent years have been 20th Century with drab uniforms, and I think this approach works well for that era.
This article shows 10mm and 15mm figures. I also used the same technique on my 28mm IWI figures. I'm not sure whether it's applicable to earlier, more colourful, periods. I did start painting some 15mm ECW figures along these lines but the project stalled so I don't know what the outcome will be.
As is the 'Way of the Wargamer', my SCW extensions project was overtaken by my WWI project - 10mm Pendraken Late WW1 models for use with Peter Pig's Square Bashing rules. All the rest of the photos are of these.
Figures are Late WWI British officers.
WWI staff cars, and a British fieldgun and two howitzers in dazzle camouflage. Same shading treatment is used for vehicles.
If these had been 15mm figures, I'd have used Tetrion/Polyfilla (wall crack filler) to hide the edges of the figure bases.
Irregular patches of thinned PVA are dabbed on the bases, and these are then more-or-less buried in puffs of static grass.
All models are finally sprayed with Games Workshop Ardcoat acrylic varnish, which seals the static grass and reinforces the figures. I use two coats, and again this is done outside using a respirator.