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Schogun07 Aug 2021 8:15 a.m. PST

I can do stippling but I need something finer, softer, for small color blotches on small models (10/12mm).

I've seen mention of make-up brushes.

Maybe just thin the paint a lot?

Any other ideas?


Swampster07 Aug 2021 8:44 a.m. PST

How big are the blotches?
If they are big enough, you can paint the centre in the solid colour and then do a border in a more dilute version of the colour.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2021 11:13 a.m. PST

Wedge-shaped make-up sponge might work.

rmaker07 Aug 2021 11:19 a.m. PST

I do Zulu shields with strips of foam cut off the cushioning from blister packs.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2021 2:50 p.m. PST

For 15mm I have some cardstock with small holes cut in it. I hold this over the model and then hit it with a quick spritz from a can of spray paint. Sort of a poor man's airbrush, but it gives good results.

evilgong07 Aug 2021 8:22 p.m. PST

Not sure exactly the effect you're after, but small dots of oil paint, then smeared with a cotton bud / q-tip / makeup sponge may get what you want.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART10 Aug 2021 9:47 a.m. PST

Use carefully variants of thinned paint.

Captain Pete22 Aug 2021 10:55 a.m. PST

I so several layers of diluted paint to achieve the look. I do this by hand and usually it takes 3 to 4 layers to get the result I am looking for.

Here are a couple examples of my method on aircraft and tanks.

Captain Pete02 Sep 2021 10:58 a.m. PST

Here are a couple of pictures of a GHQ SM-79 in progress. The camo is hand brushed using thinned layers of paint to give it the sprayed on look.

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