Painting Scythe – Polania

Here’s Anna and Wojtek representing the Republic of Polania.

The minis in Scythe aren’t the focus of the game and so can be forgiven for not being the most detailed, but I quite like these two. On the board they look great together, though, I always think of them as the ‘sad’ faction!

Once again, I tried to go with the art, and don’t think I did bad a job matching things up this time.

The bear gave me some grief and went through a couple of different colours. I started with Zenithal priming and then washed him in a Sepia Shade (VGCW). This didn’t give me what I was after, so, I thought I’d experiment.

I painted over with Darkoath Flesh, Contrast paint from GW, and that was about it!

Scythe Polonia

The webbing was US Olive Drab (VMC), and looking at it now, it could do with lining in, but hey!

For Anna, I used Heavy Brown (VGEO) for the uniform, with US Olive Drab for the leggings and then German Grey (VMC) for the jacket.

Scythe Polonia

The cloak was painted black with a little Heavy Violet (VGEO) added to make a distinction from the jacket. The same for her beret.

These were simple washed with Umber (VGCW) for the browns and greens, and Nuln Oil (GW) for the blacks, and then highlighted back using the original colour.

Anna’s face had little to no detail, so I kept it simple with a Tan (VGC) basecoat and a little highlighting with Heavy Skintone (VGEO) and then Pale Flesh (VGC). The face was quite bland, so I added the red lipstick, which also tied nicely into the armband and red cross.

I’m quite pleased with the hair colour, which was Orange Brown (VMC), again washed with Umber and highlighted using the original colour.

I didn’t spend a lot of time on this but I like the result, and it’s probably my favourite mini from the base game – I think it’s certainly the most emotional one; to me, it conveys an air of resignation.

The mechs are also my favourite from base game.

Rather than bring a white colour scheme in to reflect the Faction’s component colour, I took inspiration from the encounter and objective cards. Whilst not clearly portrayed, they come across as being a grey/green colour, and so that is what I aimed for.

These were done very quickly – A thin black prime followed by a mix of German Grey and Gunmetal (VGC), applied with the airbrush.

Followed that by a very thin coat of Heavy Grey (VGEO), which is a more of a green than a grey, mixed with the Gunmetal, applied with a brush.

Umber wash and a drybrush of the German Grey/Gunmetal mix finished it off – I used this mix, watered down, to add the colour to the glass dome too.

All the minis were finished with a couple of coats of Vallejo’s Mecha Matt Varnish using the airbrush.

So, that’s Polania all done. Nice and speedy for me, as I didn’t really want to spend too long on these simple miniatures, but they will bring me hours of pleasure, as Scythe is a game that frequently gets to the table… and I’ve just bought the Rise of Fenris expansion too!


  • VGC – Vallejo Game Colour
  • VGEO – Vallejo Game Extra Opaque
  • VGCW – Vallejo Game Colour Wash
  • VMC – Vallejo Model Colour
  • GW – Games Workshop

2 thoughts on “Painting Scythe – Polania

  1. Very nice, Justin! 🙂 I quite the style of those mechs!

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    1. Thanks, John. I think they come out quite well considering they took no time at all to paint – they certainly look good on the board, so I’m a happy chap!

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