Painting Belgians part two – Carabinier cyclists

Part two of our Belgian painting guide was meant to be cavalry and it was meant to have been done a long long time ago (part one was after all back in August 2013) but apathy can be a wonderful thing. However the release of our Carabinier cyclists has finally encouraged me to pull my finger out.

As with the infantry the colours used were from Wargames Foundry  (WF) and Games Workshop (GW) with the addition of Army Painter (AP) since my supply of Devlan Mud has finally been used up.

Starting with a white undercoat the flesh was painted the same as before – a basecoat of WF Flesh (5B), a drybrush of WF Flesh  (5C) a wash of GW Seraphim Sepia and a second (lighter) drybrush of WF Flesh (5C).

Cyclist front

The cyclists wore the same basic colours as the Carabinier infantry but without the greatcoat and with a small “czapki” hat with a removable peak rather the larger “Tyloean” hat.

The tunics and czapki were given a base coat of  WF Stormgreen (27B) with a wash of GW Badab Black to tone the colour down. The trousers had a base coat of GW Skavenblight Dinge with a highlight of GW Administratum Grey.

Boots, gaiters, ammunition pouches, bayonet scabbard and the peak of the czapki had a base coat of GW Abaddon Black with a highlight of GW Stormvermin Fur.

The water bottles had a basecoat of Foundry Light Drab (12C) and the haversack Foundry Rawhide (11B). Both were given a wash of AP Strong Tone ink.

The rifles were painted in WF Rawhide (11A) and highlighted with GW Ushabti Bone. The gun barrel was GW Boltgun metal (an incredibly old pot of paint) with a wash of GW Badab Black. The hilt of the bayonet was highlighted with GW Administratum Grey.

The band and piping on the cazpki and the piping on the tunic and trousers  were GW Yriel Yellow.

Cyclist backThe bicycle frames had a base coat of GW  Deathworld Forest green with a wash of AP Strong Tone ink. The tyres were GW Abaddon Black with a highlight of GW Stormvermin Fur. Silver parts (pedals, handlebars etc) had a base coat of GW Boltgun metal with a wash of GW Badab Black. The seats were WF Rawhide (11A) and the roll on the handlebar was WF Rawhide (11B). Both finished with a wash of AP Strong Tone ink.