BootsNow we start to get to the part of the job where things can get tedious, but keep plugging away at it!
I paint all of the boots on these soldiers black. The Vallejo black has just enough gloss to look right without being too shiny. So here are 16 pairs of boots.
GearIt really helps to know what you are painting when it comes to painting all of the ammo pouches, backpacks, blankets, shovels, and so on. Reenactor sites like this one are really handy for this kind of thing. So I have painted all of my soldier's gear in a variety of greens, khakis and browns. When I can I try to provide some slight contrast and variations. In other words don't paint all of a soldiers gear the same color as his uniform.
Some details will look nice during this step. For example, paint the shovel handles a nice wood color, then paint the metal parts of the shovel black. When the black is dry paint the metal parts with a dark gun metal color, because metallic paints always look better on top of a black base coat. Finally paint the shovel (or e-tool) cover a nice green or khaki color.
Other details to consider are a different color strap holding the ends of their blanket rolls together. Paint the straps on the rucksacks and grenade pouches a contrasting color to the rest of the bag. Contrast and variety is good. Here are my Soviets after this stage of painting.