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LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Apr 2018 1:10 a.m. PST



On another thread the subject of paint German three colour camo schemes without an airbrush came up. I recalled a guy at my old modelling club used to use art water colour pencils, this was some 40+ years ago before the days of cheap airbrushes and compressors.
It triggered me to have a go.
The pics show a lash upped Stug III given a very quick job with Derwent and Caran D Arche pencils, a brush and water and a silicone tipped brush. Now it needs sealing with varnish and the pin washes added. Will be interesting to see what it ends up looking like.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2018 4:05 a.m. PST

I use a similar technique but using ink pens and feathered with a damp brush to make the edges softer . The edges can be made even softer by a very thin wash of the basic vehicle colour all over the vehicle once the camo is sealed. I then tend to drybrush gently with a light beige colour. Using an airbrush is much quicker but this system gives you a little more control IMO.

The effect after is a very feint but realistic camo finish.

Sundance Inactive Member12 Apr 2018 4:43 a.m. PST

To do camo, I brush most of the paint off the brush, then dab it on. Still gives it the feathered look. Those look really good, though!

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Apr 2018 5:06 a.m. PST

Interesting Mysteron, use inks for horses and for washes never thought of using them for camo.
Not sure either technique is slower than an airbrush if you allow for the time spent thinning paint, cleaning up airbrush and then packing it all way again lol

Sundance, ah the feathering brush method, takes a bit of skill that does………hence I dont do it lol

Gnu200012 Apr 2018 5:33 a.m. PST

I use a basecoat of yellow then use glazes of red-brown and green made from a 1:2 mix of paint and varnish applied in several thin layers then washed with strong tone ink. Works fine in smaller scales.

wrgmr112 Apr 2018 8:32 a.m. PST

Looks great to me Leon!
I would give it an overall wash to dull the color a bit. JMHO. Then the pin washes.
Just recently I tried the sponge method, seemed to work pretty good, but tough to get the feathered edge look. I'll have to try mysteron's method of dry brushing beige. Possibly dry brush the base color on the edges as well.
Thanks for sharing everyone!

Andy ONeill12 Apr 2018 11:15 a.m. PST

You could use oil paints or atelier interactive acrylic. Both have a long "open" time so you can fiddle with the edges or draw it off edges for highlighting.
Theres also extender so you get a longer open time on conventional acrylics.

Andy ONeill12 Apr 2018 1:10 p.m. PST

Also. Gouache. Watercolour but thicker. Let it go off then lightly scrub an edge with a wet brush.

Lion in the Stars12 Apr 2018 7:27 p.m. PST

I also stippled the camo on for the one tank I did in full ambush (a Tigger II).

It helps that GW sells dedicated drybrushes and even a stippling brush now.

All my other tanks I decided I'd rather have hard-edged camo.

wrgmr113 Apr 2018 9:03 a.m. PST

Thanks Andy ONeill, forgot I have a bottle of acrylic retardant.

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