Quick Paint Supermarine Spitfire MKII Part One (Blood Red Skies)

There was a time long ago that I could paint, and paint well enough to get an honorable mention at Golden Demon.  Now my eyesight is very poor and I wear glasses all the time and can’t see very well without them.  But I still try to paint when I can as it relaxes me and helps with my blood pressure.  

I have recently picked up Blood Red Skies from Warlord Games and decided that I would do a very quick paint guide to painting the planes up and getting them onto the table as quickly as possible.

In this two part video I put down the base coats, used a shade to get all the detail in the panels to pop out, and finally used a combination of wet brushing and normal painting to finish this part of the tutorial of sorts.

The paints I used were as follows

Humbrol Dark Earth Matt 29

Humbrol Aircraft Blue Matt 65

Games Workshop Nuln Oil

Games Workshop Abaddon Black

In the video I do mention Games Workshops Scar White, but didnt get around to using it.

Firstly the whole model was primed using Humbrol Matt Black Primer Spray (35) and once dry was given a coat of Dark Earth Matt 29 which was drybrushed onto the miniature.

I then painted Aircraft Blue Matt 65 on the underside of the plane and let the miniature dry.

The entire model was given a wash of Nuln Oil and left to dry again.  Then I drybrushed Dark Earth Matt 29 on the upper fuselage of the aircraft and used a technique called wet brushing (which is sort of a mixture of drybrushing and normal painting) on the lower fuselage using Aircraft Blue Matt 65.

I added a few wee details by painting the nose cone, wheels, cockpit and aerial in Abaddon Black and finally added a bit of camouflage on the upper part of the plane using a mix of Dark Earth and Aircraft Blue.

In the next video I will go over how to do the details and add the decals, I am just waiting on Warlord delivering my decals for that.

This is a very fast and simple technique to get your models ready to play quickly and all in all I did all six of the Supermarine Spitfires in under an hour, including drying time.

Hopefully someone may find this of use and as always comments are always welcomed.

Published by Marc Farrimond

I'm a 55 year guy from Wigan in Lancashire living in Edinburgh, Scotland with two of my four awesome kids and my long suffering wife Laura. I have worked freelance over the years for some of the biggest names in tabletop and roleplaying and I am a very keen cosplayer and photographer.

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