Today's post is meant to be a sort of time travel, and a naive exhibition too. If I am always happy to repaint my old minis in today's standard, I also appreciate to bring memories back from the past, and to see these minis as they were. Before I finished to repaint all of them (I don't really worry, I am so slow, and I have so many of them), I took time today to take pictures of these old dear toys.
When I was a child, I first played with the minis out of the box, without any paint at all. But one Christmas, my brother received a fabulous gift that would change everything: a box of Playmobil Colors. Do you remember them ? The men, the horses, their equipment, everything was white, and you were meant to add the color with a set of dedicated pencils. An example below:
I don't remember how long it took before I realized that these pencils could be used on other plastic minis... but as soon as it came to my mind, I started to color every mini I had. In those days, my 1/72 soldiers were Airfix and Atlantic.
Let me show you my gallery:
|Atlantic Greek civilians|
|Atlantic court of Pharaoh|
|Airfix Tarzan figures|
|Airfix Sheriff of Nottingham's men|
But it was impossible to represent armors without metallic colors, so I was encouraged to use model paints, and I discovered the Humbrol Enamel paints. I am sure you remember :) How I hated the smell of the White Spirit...
And other minis got painted too:
|Atlantic Romans - the less accurate set ever... The blue one was my first zombie experiment :)|
Years later, I began to use acrylic paints, but without shades and lights.
|Airfix Robin Hood's men|
Many years passed before I tried other techniques, and you can see the actual style on this blog.
A few pictures to compare the different steps:
|Atlantic Egyptians: Playmobil color / Humbrol / acrylic|
|Airfix: Acrylic without shades / with shades|
|Airfix archers in today's standard.|
I hope you like them all, even the old ones. Do you have a similar experience ?
Thank you for reading this far.