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TacticalPainter0130 Sep 2019 2:58 a.m. PST

As a change from the monotony of olive drab for my Americans or Russian green for my Soviets it was refreshing to try something more distinctive on a Char B and a FT-17. So many schemes to choose from with the French, it's hard to know where to start. These are the old Matchbox kits, a tutorial about how I did the painting is here Painting French Armour 1940




foxbat30 Sep 2019 4:23 a.m. PST

This is some serious awesomeness! I hadn't thought of the putty technique for spraying the second colour, so I usually brush it on. Good idea you had!

"There's no easy was to get around painting the black key line between the two contrasting colours"
I have opted for a black-micron pen to do the job, usually the last touch, after the wash, before I seal it.

Oh, and if you still have some Chars B to paint, you might want to paint them in the scheme of Malagutti's battalion of the 3e DCR. They were those that tangled at Stonne wit the 10th PzD, and a fairly good unit to boot.

Good information in that issue of GBM

Cheers, and keep up the good work.

Legion 430 Sep 2019 6:44 a.m. PST

thumbs up

Old Contemptible30 Sep 2019 7:01 a.m. PST

Anyone doing the early war French is alright by my book. Great technique. Thanks for the link!

BillyNM30 Sep 2019 8:02 a.m. PST

Nice work – I like the silly putty idea, only problem being I don't own a spray brush.

Old Contemptible02 Oct 2019 6:54 a.m. PST

With a little practice you might use a spray paint instead of an airbrush.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2019 10:14 a.m. PST

The current issue of Fine Scale Modeler has a letter about using silly putty in response to some one writing in that the silly putty discolored the paint on the surface it was put on. The letter's author suggested using cotton gloves when using the putty (would guess latex, unpowdered, would work as well) as Silly Putty can pick up oils from your hands and discolor a painted surface. It also recommends discarding the putty after several uses. It is cheap enough. Some folks use Blu Tack but my experience is it can be rather difficult to completely remove at times.

In any event super posting! Thanks

TacticalPainter0103 Oct 2019 3:09 p.m. PST

I've used silly putty for some time and haven't had an issue so far, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Blu Tac is too adhesive in my experience and can actually lift paint off when you remove it. Silly Putty doesn't have those adhesive properties.

Maha Bandula11 May 2020 1:30 a.m. PST

What are the actual paints you used? I read the blogpost in its entirety twice but couldn't find any trace of the colours.

TacticalPainter0116 May 2020 4:07 p.m. PST

What are the actual paints you used? I read the blogpost in its entirety twice but couldn't find any trace of the colours.

A good example of why you should always keep notes! I can't recall exactly, but I use Tamiya paints and my guess is Dark Yellow and Olive Green. I usually lighten colours and modulate, so colours are not exact. To be honest I don't get too up tight on exact colour matches, if it looks about right then that works for me.

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