This page is the first in a series of guides which will lead you through each step in painting a group of Landsknecht miniatures.
Before we begin painting allow me to introduce my painting desk as it's a rather important piece of kit.
Whilst painting I like to have a number of images at my disposal as reference points, no more so than when painting Landsknechts as I find it helpful to have some visual cues as to how their clothing was made and also I find it helps me to select a palette.
I also mix paint on the glass which wipes off easily. There are a number of lid and leg combinations, it really is an excellent addition to the painting armoury.
Now lets have a look at what's on top of the desk.
Most importantly is a decent angle poised desk lamp with a daylight bulb, I also like to keep a spare bulb in stock. To the left of the desk is a window for more light, I find this gives less glare from the sun which can be problematic if you place your desk against a window.
Next to the lamp is a rack of Foundry paints, 78 in all, that's 26, 3 step palettes, along with 2 Games Workshop inks (black and brown). They are arranged from red through to purple then browns with flesh, canvas (white) grey, black and metallics at the front, you can read more about selecting a palette via the page label on the right.
Nestled within some jars are a selection of brushes; I use a mix of Foundry brushes for fine detail work and Pro-arte Prolene artists watercolour brushes, sizes 0-2 for general work along with a couple of larger acrylic brushes for basing and varnishing. There are also a few palette knives which come in handy when basing.
The big box next to that is filled with unpainted figures and spare parts, bits n bobs etc.
As well as books I have taken to keeping my most used tools under the desk lid for quick access, namely;
pin vice & drill bits
scalpel & spare blades
stout foil (they type you may find from the top of whisky bottles)
short and beak nosed pliers
Throughout the course of these tutorials most of these tools will be used at some point but if you're just starting out the items listed in bold should serve you well in addition to brushes and paint.