Japanese Infantry - WWII Imperial Japanese

Japanese Infantry - WWII Imperial Japanese

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    29 Feb 2024
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    14 Mar 2024
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The aim with this project is to get a decent result, without this army taking an eternity. As such, I will be painting in a pretty different style. The majority of the model will be covered in the first section, with more attention placed on faces, weapons and other points of interest. I hope you like how they look.

Uniforms and Equipment

  1. Basecoat the Uniforms and khaki helmets with Khaki Grey . In later stages, the rifles and machine guns will need basecoating in this colour, so I would recommend getting it done now too.
  2. Pick out edges by drybrushing the uniform with Ushabti Bone .
  3. Paint the puttees (leg wrappings) with a 1:1 mix of Karak Stone and Ushabti Bone .
  4. Paint the straps across the chest with Deathworld Forest .
  5. Paint the helmets and green hats with Castellan Green .
  6. Paint pouches with Mournfang Brown .
  7. Pick out netting on green helmets with Zandri Dust .
  8. Paint boots with Steel Legion Drab .

Wash everything with your brown wash of choice. I used a Winton 'Brown Umber' oil wash, but use whatever you prefer. As I used an oil wash, I wiped downexposed areas with a cotton bud, once the paint was dry. I then went in with a little white spirit and cleaned up very exposed round areas, like knees and shoulders a little more.

Now for the highlights...

  1. Edge highlight folds selectively with Screaming Skull .
  2. Highlight the puttees with fine lines of Ivory .
  3. Highlight the straps across the chest with Nurgling Green .
  4. Lightly drybrush a highlight onto the top of the helmet with Straken Green and edge highlight the rim.
  5. Now take Krieg Khaki and selectively highlight the top and rim, to further emulate the light hitting.
  6. Edge highlight the pouches with Tau Light Ochre , then mix in some Wraithbone and add smaller, more selective highlights.
  7. Highlight the netting with Ushabti Bone , then finish with a few specular highlights of Screaming Skull .
  8. Selectively edge highlight the boots with Ushabti Bone .


  1. Basecoat the wood with Mournfang Brown .
  2. Basecoat the metal with 1:1 Leadbelcher and Black .
  3. Shade the wood with thin Rhinox Hide or Agrax Earthshade .
  4. Now edge highlight with XV-88 .
  5. Mix a little Wraithbone into your XV-88 and add smaller, more selective highlights.
  6. Selectively highlight the metal with Leadbelcher .
  7. Use Leadbelcher to basecoat any bayonets.
  8. Basecoat the hilts with Retributor Armour .
  9. Wash the blases toward the hilts with Nuln Oil .
  10. Highlight the gold with Retributor Armour , lightened with Silver RLM01 Metallic .
  11. Run a quick line of Silver RLM01 Metallic along the blades.


  1. Basecoat with Kislev Flesh .
  2. Wash with 2:1 Reikland Fleshshade and Contrast Medium .
  3. Highlight with Flayed One Flesh .
  4. Add specular highlights of Pallid Wych Flesh on the tip of the nose and select areas.

Black Hair

  1. Basecoat with Black .
  2. Glaze highlight raised areas with Stegadon Scale Green .
  3. Add specular highlights of Fenrisian Grey .

For the bases, I followed the "Jungle Bases" method you can find on my profile.

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Citadel Painting System 26
Base 11
  • Castellan Green
  • Deathworld Forest
  • Leadbelcher
  • Mournfang Brown
  • Retributor Armour
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Steel Legion Drab
  • Stegadon Scale Green
  • Wraithbone
  • XV-88
  • Zandri Dust
Shade 3
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Nuln Oil
  • Reikland Fleshshade
Layer 11
  • Fenrisian Grey
  • Flayed One Flesh
  • Karak Stone
  • Kislev Flesh
  • Krieg Khaki
  • Nurgling Green
  • Pallid Wych Flesh
  • Screaming Skull
  • Straken Green
  • Tau Light Ochre
  • Ushabti Bone
Technical 1
  • Contrast Medium
Vallejo Model Air
Base 1
  • 71.063 Silver RLM01 Metallic
Vallejo Model Color
Base 3
  • 70.880 Khaki Grey
  • 70.918 Ivory
  • 70.950 Black
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