This die-cast Corgi van is 1:43 - a little on the large side for 28mm (even heroic), but it's very difficult to find a more appropriate scale. 1:43 seems to be the standard. Anyway, given that most 28mm figures have a head about twice the natural size, I think the difference is acceptable. As a bonus to the lazy gamer, they come ready painted, but a bit more work can make them look less toy-like, and more grittily real.
Most of the paints used on the van came from Wargames Foundry. The brush was an old size 3 - which is about 3mm or 1/4" in diameter where the bristles come out.
||First I used Granite Light, which is a slightly yellowy brownish mid-grey|
Applying the paint almost neat, I painted into all the grooves and corners. As I went along
I rubbed off the excess with my fingertip and the sponge backing out of a blister pack. This
left the majority of it still unpainted, but a nice grey half-shadow/half-dirt look in the recesses.
While I had the grey out, I also drybrushed the black bumper, tires and radiator grille.
The boundary between white and grey, even with the smudging, was still a bit stark for my
liking, so I mixed the Granite 50/50 with white.
||This mid-tone was something like this.|
I then went over the van again, smearing on the light grey over the border between
white and grey, which softened it up nicely.
Now it was time for some dirt.
||First on was some GW Bleached Bone.|
I watered this down slightly and put a very light coating on over the lower half of
the van, with a few odd patches higher up. It didn't obscure the shading, because as
well as being a thin coat, it was mainly on the unshaded areas.
||The next stage was to add some 'proper' mud. For this I used Rawhide 11A from Foundry.|
Watering the paint down slightly, I brushed on streaks diagonally upwards to resemble
mud, concentrating on the bottom of the van sides.
Last of all, I painted the door handles and indicator lights black. If I get round
to it, I'll paint the indicators and lights silver, and then go over them with
transluscent glass paint.