quang Posted April 21, 2022 Author Share Posted April 21, 2022 …and the beat goes on … PAINTING THE CAMOUFLAGE. Time to try something new. We all know about the current black basing method: starting with an overall black background and building up the definitive colour in successive layers of swirling, mottled touches. The purpose is to break the uniformity of a monochromatic surface by varying the contrast between the final colour and the black background and give the final result a realistic and less toy-like effect. So far so good. Yet there’s another factor that can be added to this disruptive scenario: COLOUR. As the impressionist painters taught us, a colour applied next to -or underneath- another can change the viewer’s impression of it. For exemple: Red on a field of green will appear ‘redder’ than the same red on a field of yellow, etc… So my idea is to replace the black in ‘black basing’ by a background of various colours. Hopefully this multi-coloured base will add a new dimension in our final coat of paint. Let’s try and see. The model is given a coat of Mr Surfacer 1200 gray. Dark grey shading added Thin coats of violet and and lemon yellow added Green and pink builds-up Our final undercoat ready for the Dupont Sky colour Building up the Sky. My version of the Dupont Sky is a mix of AK Light Ghost Grey + AK Ivory + a dash of Hataka Willow Green. All paints lacquer First Light Ghost Grey is applied by random swirls and dots. This colour is slightly darker that the final result. Next the home-brew Dupont Sky is applied to reduce the contrast in the first layer and to lighten it. Finally I applied a heavily-thinned coat of Dupont Sky to adjust or reinforce the contrast. The photo may not show it but under the naked light, spots of green, yellow, pink and tan should be discernible underneath the seemingly grey overcoat. Of course, one can vary the effect by playing with the transparency of the successive layers. This final coat is ready for the weathering which will be applied later after the camouflage is duly completed. THE ROUNDELS They’re fairly simple to do… if you have the suitable colours. i didn’t. My red had an orange tinge, my blue was a tad electric. For the white I used US South East Asia light gray which is perfect for a used off-white. Masks were cut from the AK airbrush film with an Olfa circle cutter. First coat: white overall. The white part is masked and a mix of red and green (to darken the orange red) applied The red part is masked and the blue applied. The electric blue is suitably darkened by the red undercoat. The finished underside That’s it folks. Let’s call it a day. Next time we’ll deal with the upper camo. Until then, keep well! Cheers, Quang Paul in Napier, zaxos345, ivanmoe and 27 others 30 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now