I’ve recently got the NFP and I have started to paint the planes. I thought I would share my ideas and progress. Maybe someone finds it interesting or useful!
So, why paint the planes in NFP?
First reason: they are grey. They could do with some more colour right? At least M44 armies are green, or red or something, and very distinguishable at a glance.
Second reason: I can tackle each plane as a little project of it’s own. Every plane is different, so I can choose one, the one I feel most attracted to paint, and crack on.
Third reason: planes are fun to paint! Even if I like painting minis, painting armies is a chore. You need to paint roughly the same guys/tanks over and over, and always the same colours. With planes that doesn’t happen and you get to use fun bright colours too!
So I haven’t painted my M44 armies, at least yet. Maybe I never will, I haven’t decided yet if I really want to. But planes, sure!
Now, my approach as I said is to tackle each plane as a mini project of it’s own. It makes sense to me because you can’t do “chain production painting” on so different models.
I’ll choose a plane to paint, search for real images of it, search for paint/camo schemes, and go with the one that I like the most. Then I’ll pick paints from what I have avaiable and do my best. I’m by no means a pro in this. Just for fun.
I’ll probably also skip intricate details like insignia or numbers, or anything that I don’t feel like to paint really. I’ll go for the general look of the plane.
My idea is to keep these projects short and fun. As I’m writing this I’ve already painted 2 of the smaller planes, it took me about 3 hours each, which for the detail it might be too much, but I’m a bit slow. Anyways that’s a very short project compared to what I’m used to so I was able to paint one per hobby night.
Without much further ado, I’ll start sharing the finished (at least for now) planes!