I have been asked to re do my short example of painting horses with oils for future reference.Its not by any means a new method but here is my version.
Windsor & Newton `Winton`37ml had them for about 20+ yrs and more recently Daler-Rowney`Georgian`75ml,but im sure any make of oils would work and a smaller tube would still go a long long way.I love the oil as it gives such a rich finish they i just cant match any other way and at the same time so simply,jees your not even painting the horse really are you. 8)
My most common colours are:
Vandyke Brown (Hue)
Before oiling your horses you need to undercoat them,i used to prime them white but this makes the final wipe off more difficult,i now use a bright version of whatever i want the horse finished in.Most commonly this is a form of orange tan.
Most importantly (for me anyway)is to do the base/prime coat in enamel and to leave it about two days to thoroughly harden.Next using the oil paint straight out of the tube(although i do mix them together to give slight variations on the shade)brush it all over your horse and wipe off.I use toilet roll for this but another suggestion is sponge or cloth/linnen.
This will create all the highlights on the horse as well as leaving the defined shaded areas.You need to leave the horses two to four days to harden /dry the oil before you carry on to do the main/tail/socks/hoofs and blaze,oh and remember to paint the eyes black and dont add white unless youve got a startled horse to do.I tend to use a black wash on the main and tail of most horses,remember horses rarely have no socks or four socks.
Ist example is of the Revel German Artillery Horses in plastic:
2nd example is from the redoubt 28mm ECW range:
Simple but effective,my horses arnt the best ive seen but are very acceptable especially as in my last batch when doing over a hundred at a time!