Miniature Wargaming Club Leuven
Schild & Vriend
'Historical' Chapter

'Schild en Vriend' is an old Flemish battlecry, used in the rebellion of the city of Brugge against the French, May 18, 1302. Legend tells that it was used to differentiate between the French-speaking (who could not pronounce 'schild') and Flemish-speaking citizens. Nowadays, historians tell us that it was probably 'Des Gilden Vriend'.

Painting figures

Note: Some day, we'll have some pictures of some of our figures up here that we can feel somewhat good about (-:, but in the mean time, if you want to look at figures painted by some extremely talented painters, check out Kevin Dallimore and Steve Dean's paint jobs in the colour ads for The Foundry figures. - BV

These pages are not meant to be yet another 'how to' painting site: there are several other pages out there which do that job better than I will ever be able to, and no matter how good the intentions of such a 'how-to' page, it is never able to really teach somebody how to paint, simply because the page cannot step out of the computer, sit next to you at your painting desk and show you by example exactly what it is talking about.

Instead, these pages will be a sort of (very) small encyclopaedia of painting techniques and terms. My single piece of 'how to' advice on painting is simply this: practice, practice, practice. Your first painted figures will look like something the cat dragged in (or worse, like something the cat painted), but if you keep at it, you will get better and faster with each figure you paint. A big part of the enjoyment of painting figures is seeing the improvement with every figure you finish.

Painting techniques and terms

The first part lists a number of techniques used in painting miniature wargame figures. Most people will already be familiar with these terms, so it is mostly aimed at people new to painting.

Next we'll look at how to combine these techniques into painting an entire figure, with a special feature on Phil's speedpainting style:

Still to come:

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Schild en Vriend Miniature Wargaming Club Leuven