For the game, Ground Pounders, we recommend you use the “Space Battles” figures produced by Dark Dream Studio. The figures are soft plastic and require a little preparation to create a good looking model with a paint job that will last.
So here’s what ya’ do…
First, soak the models in vinegar overnight. That’s right, regular kitchen variety vinegar. The vinegar will help remove excess oils from the plastic, allowing the paint to take a better hold. Next, rinse the models with water and allow to dry completely. Once dry, glue the models together. For the troopers this is fairly easy, just use white school glue on the penny-like washer and allow to dry.
For the vehicles we recommend Formula P3 supper glue (a clear glue that dries invisible and works on metals and plastics). Once thoroughly dry, use a grey, oil based, spray primer (spray-paint). Then let it dry again, so your models will be ready to soak in the kind of modeling pint that’s available at any hobby or craft shop worth it’s salt.
This is the fun/tedious part, by the way. Take your time to allow each color to dry before moving on the next (don’t worry, it won’t take as long as the glue or spray-paint did–by a long margin). Once you’ve given your model all the basic colors you can give it a more textured look through washes and dry brushing.
A wash involves diluting a paint (usually black paint) with water and brushing it over the entire model. The darker paint will seep into the cracks and crevices of the model accenting the detail while the water simply evaporates.
Dry brushing is done by dipping your brush into paint (usually tan in color) and then wiping most of the paint off on a paper towel. You then brush the remaining paint onto the model. The remaining flecks of paint will tend to lay on the raised parts of the model and leave the cracks and crevices alone. This will create a dusty effect and make your models look worn and war weary.
Once the models are completely dry, spray them all with a CLEAR protective coat. Products are sold at hobby and craft shops that go by the names “dull coat” or “gloss coat.” both do the same job, one leaves your models glossy and the other not. This coat of oil based protection keeps sweaty fingers from rubbing off your beautiful paint job in the normal course of play. Your models are still made of soft plastic however, and if bent the paint will flake of. Every so often, you may wish to touch up your paint job depending on how often you play Ground Pounders but don’t fret. When done properly your models will look good for months to years to come.
As to colors; folks, you’re on your own. There are no proscribed color schemes for Ground Pounders Imperial of Federation forces. It is completely up to you how you want your opposing forces to look. The rules simply recommend that each side look different enough to be recognized during play. After that, go crazy!