Below you will find a guide on how to paint the Lakota Sioux. It should be considered as background information that will allow you to paint your units. The Lakota Sioux are a very grateful army to paint because of the extraordinary variety of colors and ornaments they used (some even painted their horses!).
We encourage you to conduct your own research on the Internet, where you can find a lot of interesting information. You should also look at the Wikipedia site about Lakota clothing. It’s available here:
Our Lakota miniatures were painted by Nutka Maluje.
skin: German Camo Pale Brown (Vallejo 70.825) + Reikland Fleshshade (Citadel Shade);
other basic colors: Black (Vallejo 70.950), Chocolate Brown (Vallejo 70.872), Blue (Vallejo 70.925), Scarlett Blood (Vallejo 72.106), Ivory (Vallejo 70.918), Leadbelcher (Citadel Base) among others;
basing: sand Rocky Sand (Warlord Games WGS-STG-15) + grass Late Fall (MiniNatur 002-24) + 2mm tufts Dry Grass (Paint Forge).
True Lakota Photographs
Below I present many photos and drawings of Lakota warriors. Most of the photos are black and white, but they give you the opportunity to see Indian ornaments and types of clothes. The colorful ones give you an idea of the multicolor of their outfits.
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Mounted chieftains and warriors
The set includes 45 miniatures of mounted Lakota, chiefs (with feathers) and warriors. There are also two figures based on the Crazy Horse (a chieftain with a horn).
The colors of the horses can vary – the Lakota got a lot of them from whites and other Nativ Americans. Some may have additional paints (hand impressions, white, red, or blue dots).
The skin color is definitely darker than that of whites.
Clothes – a feast of colors and patterns of ornaments, although leather colors were very popular, so various shades of light brown, etc.
Bases. Here too, there can be a lot of variation. The Great Plains can be both dry and rainy from Spring to Autumn, so you can use different colors of grass, from yellow (as in our photos) to juicy green. Field stones or streams are the most welcome decorations. The Black Mountains were overgrown with forests, so you can also put trees on the stands, although the Lakota only went to the forests to hunt smaller animals (which they did not like) and obtain wood for teepees and fire.
Painting the same as in the case of mounted warriors. For variety, you can add a few mountes warriors on this stand. The Lakota did not fight in an organized manner using commands.