5 Minute Paint Jobs: 6mm Japanese

My speedpainting techniques have proven effective on GHQ models and CinC models, but I wanted to see if they would produce acceptable results with less detailed models. For this experiment, I used Scotia 6mm Japanese — 6 x Type 74 MBT, 6 x Type 61 MBT, 6 x Type 60 APC, 3 x Type 60 SPRR and 6 x Type 73 APC.

Supplies Required

  • Models. Scotia 6mm Modern Japanese Models were:
    • 6 x Type 74 MBT
    • 6 x Type 61 MBT
    • 6 x Type 60 APC
    • 3 x Type 60 SPRR
    • 6 x Type 73 APC
  • Paint. Thinners and Washes
    • Base – Minitaire Rotten Flesh
    • Brown Camouflage – Vallejo Model Air Sand Brown
  • Tracks
    • Vallejo Model Air Gunmetal
  • Primer – Testors Model Master Acryl Primer White
  • Clear Coat – Testors Model Master Acryl Flat Coat. I prefer to airbrush the Testors acrylic clear because they dry very fast compared with rattle cans.
  • Thinners – I use Liquitex Airbrush Thinner to thin acrylic paints for airbrushes. I use denatured alcohol to clean the airbrush between colors and Vallejo Airbrush cleaner to clean the airbrush at the end.
  • Wash – I use a custom wash made from Future Floor Wax and Vallejo Game Color black ink.
  • Tools. I used my trusty Grex Tritium TG3 gravity feed, pistol grip airbrush. As always, paper towels come in handy when working with an airbrush and when using washes.

Step 1: Prepare the Work Area (5 mins)

As always, I cleared my workspace and assembled all materials I’d need.

Step 2: Assemble the Models (20 mins)

As you can see from the photo, the Scotia models were fairly rough and required much more cleanup time than GHQ models.


Step 2: Mount the Models on Painting Cylinders (5 mins)

Step 3: Prime the Models (10 mins)

I airbrushed each model with Testors Model Master Acryl Primer White.


Step 4: Paint Base Coat (15 mins)

I basecoated each model with Minitaire Rotten Flesh.

Step 5: Paint Brown Camouflage (25 mins)

To make up the time I lost having to clean the models, I decided to airbrush the Vallejo Model Air Sand Brown camouflage, rather than paint it. My brush was acting more cranky than usual, so the results didn’t come out as well as I wanted. However, I spent far less time on camouflage than I would have had I brush-painted it.


Step 6: Wash the Models (30 mins)

I detached each model from its painting cylinder. I then applied my custom wash to each model. When the wash dried, I remounted each model on a painting cylinder.


Step 7: Flat Coat the Models (10 mins)

I sprayed each model with Testors Model Master Acryl Flat Clear.

Step 8: Paint Tracks (15 mins)

I brush-painted the tracks with Vallejo Model Air Gunmetal.

Here are some photos of the results. Many more photos are on the 6mm Japanese page.

Type 61 02 Type 61 03 Type 73 05 Type 73 06 Type 74 03 Type 74 04 Type 74 02 Type 60 04 Type 60 03 Type 60 02 Type 60 SPRG 03 Type 60 SPRG 02Type 74 02

Step 9: Clean Up (10m)


The brown camouflage didn’t work out as well as I intended, but the models look pretty nice on the table. The total time spent was 120 minutes, which is about 4.5 minutes per model. In hindsight, I should have taken the extra time to brush-paint the brown camouflage. Still, the models are very acceptable for the game table.