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Gauntlet05 Dec 2020 7:28 a.m. PST


I am fairly new to painting miniatures and I am mixing my own colors with Jo Sonja paints. This is my first attempt at panzergrau.

Do I need to lighten my mixture and go over it again? Any feedback appreciated.

khanscom05 Dec 2020 7:54 a.m. PST

Those look fine to me. Good work!

Battle Phlox05 Dec 2020 7:55 a.m. PST

Panzer Grey is suppose to be darkish.

Disco Joe05 Dec 2020 8:35 a.m. PST

Although they look fine you could go just a little darker.

Inch High Guy05 Dec 2020 8:39 a.m. PST

I generally lighten darker shades. If you paint a model with an exact color match it will usually appear too dark to the eye. In modeling terms this is called "scale effect" and is a result of the diffusion of light in the atmosphere. For example, if you are viewing a 1/100 scale miniature on a tabletop from 3 feet away, you would be looking at the object from 300 feet away in real life and the colors would be washed out a bit.

This is most noticeable with bright colors such as red, or dark colors. I rarely use black on my models, but mix a "scale black" lightened with white. Flesh tones can also be used to lighten dark colors.

You can match the chip color for the base coat and spray a lightened mix from above to emphasize light and shadow.

Gauntlet05 Dec 2020 9:26 a.m. PST

Thanks everyone, I appreciate it.

These are 1/144 and the bright light actually makes them look lighter in this picture.

On the wargaming table they look a little darker. I may need to follow Inch High Guy's advice.

advocate05 Dec 2020 10:31 a.m. PST

Probably a good plan, though your highlighting helps a lot.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2020 10:49 a.m. PST

I think they look great

mghFond05 Dec 2020 12:35 p.m. PST

I'll add that I concur they look fine to me!

John Armatys05 Dec 2020 1:32 p.m. PST

There is often a debate about lightening colours for smaller scale models…. The important thing is that you should be happy with them, and they look good to me!

I'm fan of buying a pot of the right(ish) colour instead of mixing my own – it saves having a crisis of conscience, or worse repainting, and means that if you do a second batch of models you don't have to worry about matching the paint.

Rich Bliss05 Dec 2020 6:25 p.m. PST

You're good. Maybe more dust and muck

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2020 3:00 p.m. PST

I think it's a practical matter – if they are too dark to make out what they are on the table, they're too dark.

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