I've painted almost every nation for bolt action over the years. Bolt action can be extremely gratifying to paint, it's often simple yet detailed in it's historical curiosity. Finding that balance of colour and detail is the bit i enjoy and hopefully inspiring the client to put those armies on the table gives me a sense of extreme joy.
Sadly due to the learning curve in miniature photography much of the work can't be shown here as the older photos aren't quite good enough. Similarly much of the painting quality varies as i developed a stronger style as a painter over the years. I am still glad to share more examples if requested. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can't see the nation you are collecting on this page and i will do my best to send you something relevant.
Bolt action has a way of bringing more unique and interesting historical forces to your table. I for one didn't know about the sengalese influence on WW2 and learning the little i do while painting this beautiful unit of them was very interesting.
This older french order, though perhaps dated in it's representation of my abilities is one i love to show off for it's size, but not so much that it's a lot of models, rather it's a lot of white metal models! An impressive collection amassed by the gamer here and i had a lot of fun painting them especially the "afternoon luncheon" diorama we put together.
This order could almost be seen as a practise in painting desaturated coloring. From the dull but yet simultaneously light greys to the washed out greens and the snowy basing. I genuinely enjoyed the final product with the muddy streaks coming up the legs of most models giving a battle worn look.
Resistance and sailors
Another dated order in it's representation of my abilities but another cool one also. This basic but fun order represents the resistance in france and some british sailors. I had a lot of fun painting the deep blues of the sailor uniforms and though the resistance paint scheme is basic it really pulls the otherwise ragtag team of men together as a unit.
If i had a tenner for every german i've painted...needless to say it'd build up to a lot. I like painting germans however, for the breadth of them i've tackled i have finnessed the painting style and since i tend to watch related WW2 doccumentaries while i paint WW2 models i've learned more than i ever need to know about them A particular favourite is the camo uniforms of the Germans, showed off aptly here in this small collection.
German uniform colour is notorious for causing debate in the wargaming community. After years of research and many germans i can definitvely say there wasn't one color. It varied wildly from green to grey to blue. This order was unique and the client wanted a cleaner factory look with less weathering, the tanks appear as new (almost) and the troops sport fairly fresh uniform to, in all the same colour. Obviously pleasent to paint but also really fun to behold.
The soviets wore some of the more contrasting uniforms to the allies coloring (depending on your source). Here we went for a beige tone with stark green helmets which stand out on the battlefield. I'd have liked to base this order but the client had their own plans. Note the weathering on the guns in this order, this was perhaps the first time i used weathering powders.
A commission from an early stage in the evolution of my snow basing methods. I truly like looking at these USA in their trench coats as they waddle through the mud. The color scheme was exciting to me as i enjoy painting brown but the basing allows a fun contrast. Though just a small element of the order i also thoroughly enjoy the command unit with the rolled up stretcher, something about that unit screams "war" with the poses and colours so drab and yet so animated.