After his earlier articles on painting Dust Tactics heroes Manfred Kreuzer, Rosie Donovan, and Sigrid Von Thaler, guest contributor Nam Nguyen returns this week to complete his series of step-by-step painting guides for the Core Set and Operation “Cyclone” heroes. Today, he offers helpful hints for painting Allied Captain Joseph Brown, better known as Bazooka Joe.


Nam uses the following paints, listed here as a reference in the order they are applied:
Citadel Paints Tallarn Flesh
Citadel Paints Elf Flesh
Citadel Paints Ogryn Flesh
Reaper Master Series Misty Grey
Reaper Master Series Blushing Rose
Citadel Paints Khemri Brown
Citadel Paints Deneb Stone
Citadel Paints Scorched Brown
Citadel Paints Badab Black
Citadel Paints Bestial Brown
Vallejo Model Color Camo Olive Green
Vallejo Model Color Splinter Strips
Reaper Master Series Stained Ivory
Citadel Paints Boltgun Metal
Citadel Paints Bleached Bone
Citadel Paints Mithril Silver

Step One–Skin

First, I painted the skin on the face and hands. The skin receives a base coat of Tallarn Flesh. Then a one-to-one mix of Tallarn Flesh and Elf Flesh is applied as a mid tone. Be careful to leave the Tallarn Flesh in the recesses.

Pure Elf Flesh is used as an extreme highlight. Next, Ogryn Flesh is used as a wash to blend the colors together. The highest points are highlighted again with Elf Flesh. Fill in the eyes with Misty Grey and color the lips with a one-to-one mix of Elf Flesh and Blushing Rose.

Step Two–Trousers

Bazooka Joe’s pants are given a base coat of Khemri Brown. Then I applied a series of highlights, each using a different ratio of Khemri Brown and Deneb Stone.

The first highlight is three parts Khemri Brown to one part Deneb Stone. They receive a second highlight of one-to-one Khemri Brown and Deneb Stone, then a third highlight featuring a one-to-three mix of Khemri Brown to Deneb Stone. Finally, I applied some extreme highlights with straight Deneb Stone.

S tep Three–Hair

Bazooka Joe’s hair is pretty simple. It receives a base of Scorched Brown, then a wash with Badab Black. Highlights are in Bestial Brown.

Step Four–Jacket

Badab Black is used to wash the uniform, using only the primer green as the basecoat. The basecoat color is reasserted with Camo Olive Green, being careful to leave the shadows between the folds. There are two highlights. The first highlight uses Splinter Strips, and the last is a one-to-one mixture of Splinter Strips and Stained Ivory.

Step Five–Weapon

The steps for the guns also to apply all the metal and browns on the model. The brown receives a basecoat of Bestial Brown while the metal is basecoated with Boltgun Metal. Then, the Boltgun Metal is washed with Badab Black. You’ll give the brown highlights with a one-to-one mix of Bestial Brown and Bleached Bone. The metal is highlighted with Mithril Silver.

Thanks, Nam!

If you’re a Dust Tactics fan inspired to paint your miniatures, Nam offers great hints, but you can also find other paint schemes and tips on our Dust Tactics community forum . With daily posts, the Painting Techniques subforum features hundreds of photos of players’ painted miniatures, Q&A threads on various techniques, and the opportunity to view the game’s stunning miniatures in all different color schemes, painted by everyone from beginners to long-time experts.

Dust Tactics is a tactical miniatures game of brutal combat for 2-4 players. Based on the popular universe created by artist Paolo Parente, Dust Tactics presents an alternate 1940s reality in which alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, and the world's superpowers clash over rare mineral deposits that could ultimately decide the outcome of WWII.

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