I brought back some of my earliest miniatures from an excursion into my parents’ basement to build my Oldhammer Orc & Goblin army. Amongst them is a mob of 20 Orc Arrer Boyz consisting of mostly Kev Adams models from the late-80s with some Michael & Alan Perry and Marauder Miniatures figures mixed in.
They are largely undamaged thanks to being painted in Revell enamel paints and covered in varnish. It’s not quite the look I am after these days but I would never be able to repaint them all from scratch.
I’ve tried a solution that I am quite happy with instead – since the models were originally painted nearly without any shades and highlights I am simply adding those onto the existing base colours in the most prominent areas, predominantly the skin. In addition, the model railway grass mat bases get my usual sand and static grass treatment. To demonstrate the result I’ve asked two similar figures to model for the camera side by side.