Unlike the filter described in step 2, dust calls for a dry painting technique for greater realism. 1 Comment More than 1600 people have accessed it so far. From very early 1943 all German tanks were delivered in a base coat of a colour called Dunkel Gelb. Modulation can give you some of your best results and is done by an airbrush and patience, but if you are using a brush you can still do it with lighter edges, i.e. BBC logo © BBC 1996. Painting 1980s NATO Camouflage Details Parent Category: MODERN Published on Sunday, 02 November 2008 21:00 Written by John Shaw The three colour camouflage scheme used by NATO in the 1980s is very striking on 6mm models. I used a mix of painting on with brush and sponge dabbing. Here is a tutorial for painting German tanks in the later years of the war with brushes. Above and below – the model has been given two coats of Klear gloss varnish in preparation for decals and oil washes. Such was the hurry to paint all the vehicles, that some were immediately driven out of the paint shop and into pouring rain that washed much of the still wet sand paint from the upper surfaces giving a graduated paint scheme that was definately not in any official colour chart. The first step after that you are happy with your paint job is the scratches on the tank. I put a disposable latex glove on my left hand to protect the model from fingerprints and began carefully applying the paint with a small brush. It’s usually for the best to put some form of guidelines onto the tank whenever you are doing any form of camouflage. Scale Model Guide © Copyright 2013, All Rights Reserved. I thinned the Tamiya Nato brown with water and also added a small amount of gel retarder that slows down the drying time of acrylic paints. I tried it over one of the hatches and it proved very difficult. With this knowledge I decided to go with a hard-edged scheme. A trick I use for “blob” style camo patterns is to use standard-issue, original-style Silly Putty as a mask. Then I cut the pattern out from the tape and applied to the tank. These should stand proud of the hull instead of being recessed.Since I … I personally use a stereoscopic Micros... Jim Hennessy: That is extremely cool! This article will show how to paint a three colour hard-edged camouflage scheme on an armoured vehicle. } This area was also weathered with MIG pigments as it would be impossible to get at later on. To start off the model I prefer to always undercoat with black. How to make foliage camouflage for 15mm tanks Rubén Torregrosa 12 January 2020 No re. The area directly under the sponsons was airbrushed Nato Black graduating into Nato Green lower down towards the suspension arms. } Completed 2 Panther tanks. Replicating this on a scale model requires an airbrush. This may be partly because it is a darker colour and thus naturally more opaque. The example used is Tamiya’s 1/35th M113A2 Armoured Personnel Carrier Desert Version as used in the second Gulf War. Its winter here in Chicago and i can't spray paint outside (unless someone can suggest a way to do it) and was wondering if i could get good results painting 1/35 and 1/72 scale tanks by hand? An example of this is with British Army vehicles being prepared for the second Gulf War in 2003. #gallery-1 { The hard part is to get your pattern right, to help I used Tamiya masking tape. Ray Monaco: Hi Guys (Newbie Here) I just bought some war airplane kit (s... Bob Martin: Really great tutorial! The pre-shading was largely a waste of time for this camouflage scheme. This will keep the paint layers as thin as possible because it is easier to cover a light colour with a darker one than vice versa. Due to the dark nature of the NATO camouflage pattern, the black colored primer from AMMO (A.MIG-2005) is a good choice as it serves both as a primer and a pre-shade color.. 1910) to the hull, I sprayed Model Master gray primer (No. It applies to models that have a realistic non-gloss finish including military vehicles, aircraft, ships and some science fiction subjects. Do not miss out! Hinterhalt: The Art of Panther Camouflage Painting The Daimler-Benz Ambush Camouflage Scheme with Blake Coster. Hobby: Painting Camouflage and Weathering! The other detail is the lookof weld seams. This M113 has also been painted in standard Nato three tone camouflage. The method shown works equally well with more or less colours, or on aircraft and warships. The M113 has track guards that cover the upper run of tracks making them almost impossible to paint when the model is completed, so I started by painting the suspension, wheels and tracks separately before adding them to the model and adding the track guards. Camouflage schemes may be either hard or soft-edged, depending on whether they have been painted with brushes or paint sprayers. The key is to seal the model with varnish/matt and use the oils on top of the seal. By painting in this order I was able to complete all sides in one sitting without having to stop and wait for paint to dry. In my last article, I provided some background information on the two Hinterhalt-Tarnung or Ambush camouflage schemes applied to the Panther G between August – September, 1944. Depending on what paints are used and what additives are added, very different results are obtained. They require a bit of planning, and it's often good to make notes to make notes about which color is applied to which part when. Model instructions are simply for telling you where parts go, they don't tell you how to make the model look nice and the techniques involved. The pencil then can be lightly erased by using a regular eraser. Paint the lightest colours first working toward the darker colours. Bearing this in mind, I spent some time researching similar vehicles on the Internet and found that there seemed to be no logic in determining whether hard or soft-edged camouflage patterns were used on any particular vehicle. With some experience behind us on painting solid colors, the next step is getting more than one color on a model. This was done to simulate shadows under the sponsons. FSM's latest 'special' Build Better Models" issue has a few different techniques for masking aircraft. This is partly because of what is known as the ‘scale’ effect – models seem to look too dark if painted in the exact same shade as the origninal vehicle. Sign in to get access to the BEST on the web video tutorial - see a sneak preview here: In our friendly step-by-step video guide we cover topics like: drybrushing, applying washes, applying decals  and many more. I personally used an airbrush for the camouflage, I used a tan colour for the actual zigzags. The painting instruction supplied with the kit were incorrect, the light blue stripes of the desert camouflage pattern should actually be light grey (Humbrol № 64). Doctor Who logo © BBC 2009. Using oils on acrylics can be very tricky for a novice painter, it can be very easy to ruin the model completely, so practice is vital! The two sides were painted first whilst holding the model on the top and bottom. Then I blob Silly Putty into the shape I want and mold that right over all the model’s fiddly bits. With a camouflage scheme the problem is doubled or tripled. Now to the hard part using oils to bring up the lighting of the models and all the weather effects. which are covered in other articles. In this painting guide we will see how to paint a 15mm tank and then how to apply different weathering effects. Just how much dust to apply is a matter of personal preference, but don't be afraid, real tanks carry much more dust and dried mud than you can possibly imagine! You can do multiple blobs at once by snapping the Putty into separate pieces, and can use it to hold down scraps of cut-up plastic bag for masking larger areas. Fortunately, Tamiya make three paint colours specifically designed to reproduce the standard Nato camouflage scheme and these are, not surprisingly, Nato Green, Nato Brown and Nato Black. Instead of Tamiya Nato Black, I used Vallejo Model Color black-grey which is a very similar colour. By December 20, 1944, a new order went out that had tanks pained in a base coat (over the red-oxide primer) of Dunkelgrün (though all references to the color actually used was Olivgrün) with applications in hard edged stripes and patches of Dunkelgelb and Rotbraun and this appears to be the last order given for camouflage during the war, which ended in Europe during May of 1945. With hindsight, I should have lightened all the colours as the end result looked a little dark and made me reluctant to use filters or washes that would darken the scheme further. It is particularly suitable for modellers who are just starting to paint camouflage schemes, since it does not require any great skill with an airbrush, or complicated masking techniques. I applied the green in as thin a coat as possible so that the black pre-shaded lines would show through and give tonal variation. The next stage was to airbrush the first colour of the three used in the camo scheme. Tip: This is a great way to paint model cars or tanks. We will go hand-by-hand from how to paint the camouflage to the final dust and oil effects. Winter Camouflage Painting – Episode 2 By Roman Volchenkov. Painting camouflage can be a daunting task. The painting of a glossy finish such as used on automotive models follows a quite different path. The choice was purely based on wanting a change from the desert yellow schemes that I had used on recent models that I had built. There is a great deal of variation in both the colours of military vehicles and the methods used to paint them. Are you itching to show your collection to the world of Bolt Action? One of the problems with acrylic paints is that they sometimes dry too fast. Pasha shows us how to paint the desert Zigzag camouflage and a few other techniques! Do you have an article within you? } This is because I need to match the camouflage pattern across the outside of these hatches even though they will be open on the completed model. Like in real life, the dust comes last on my model. It also might be because I was using a Vallejo paint specifically designed for brush painting. Whatever the reason, I was able to get good coverage without brush marks in a single coat which came as something of a relief. Website designed by Warlord Games, Step by step: Starting with the Big Cats – Part 1: Colour Modulation, Battle of the Brushes: Paint Wars in Chesire, Carlson’s Long Patrol: the Jungles of Guadalcanal, D-Day: British and Canadian Sectors – The Luftwaffe Field Division, D-Day: British & Canadian Sectors Campaign Book. After choosing your color palette and priming your work surface, you can make anything blend in naturally. When the wheels and tracks had been added they were masked off which took quite some time and proved to be far more difficult than expected. #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { Wargamers may deploy the Airfix model of the Matilda Tank in the early campaigns in France and North Africa. PhantomViper. Therefore, I gave the model a coat of Halford’s acrylic primer to improve the adhesion of the later coats of paint. Thank you! In this case, the edges where the different colours meet are soft as they have been applied with a paint sprayer. The example used is Tamiya’s 1/35th M113A2 Armoured Personnel Carrier Desert Version as used in the second Gulf War. Camouflage is a common pattern used primarily by hunters to blend in with the environment, but it’s gained popularity in many design fields. First I paint the model the color I want the blobs to be. All Rights Reserved. in Painting With this decision made I moved on to the brown paint. Everyone has a slightly different approach to painting a model and you still see hand-painted models beating out airbrushed models on the contest tables. float: left; Click the Button Below to Get Started Right Away! Hope its helpful. It is also partly due to the fact that most of the subsequent weathering processes such as adding washes will tend to darken the base coats. In this case, the difference between the brown and black colours was huge, but I still do not know whether that was due to the paint manufacturer, or the additives I put in to them. I then start with USA Olive drab as my main colour, following with highlights of a lighter shade by using matt white mixed in to lighten the colour. Paint the colours in the order of how much area they cover starting with the largest area and working to the smallest area. In such situations a decision will need to be made on which order will be easiet. Often, several different companies would collectively produce a given tank, like the Char B. It is very difficult to get a good finish by brush painting – in future I will keep my brushes for detail painting rather than large areas. All Rights Reserved. With that said one can use a lot of products on the market from Valejo to Mig/Ak with pre-set shades, and there are a million different tutorials available on YouTube with detail on how to use of those products. I decided to use the green and brown since it avoided mixing up my own blends. The kit instructions were not clear as to whether the vehicle being modelled had a hard or soft-edged camouflage scheme. The next stage was to airbrush couple of thin coats of Klear varnish in prearation for decals, washes, drybrushing, weathering etc. There may also be other considerations depending on the particular model and colour scheme. I learned a lot about the weathering... Kevin Smith: Hi, you are great master of paint brushes! I proceeded to cut out small pieces of tape and drew the zigzag pattern on them. As far as I know, this technique was firstly introduced by Phil Stutcinskas , and was further developed by Michael Rinaldi . All painting is best begun by first applying a layer of primer to prepare the surfaces. Tamiya Flat Black was airbrushed in thin lines along all edges, panel lines and in recesses where shadows would naturally fall. The only give aways are when the "piece of terrain" moves or when we use cotton balls to indicate which units have fired. Konflikt ’47 © 2020 Clockwork Goblin. Furthermore, the wear and tear and weathering that AFVs are subjected to often dramatically affects the look of them. There are a variety of how-to books out there that cover the painting and finishing of aircraft models, but one doesn't stand out in particular for me on the techniques that work for me. margin-left: 0; Like my f... He-162 Painting & Weathering FREE Video Guide, Step by step Guide to Apply Realistic Paint Chips and Wear with Salt. However, I decided it would be difficult to paint the green and brown over the black, so decided on green as the first coat, but it was a close call. After letting the green dry for several days, I brushed Future I will fill i… Posted by: Kris If the separation between colors is soft or fuzzy (depends on how the real thing was painted), camouflage can be free-hand airbrushed without masking. All these tanks are 28mm. After consideration, I determined to brush paint on the brown and black patches. Initially, I intended to use masking tape to separate the three colours and so needed the base layers of paint to adhere very well to the model. This article will provide general advice about the order to apply the various layers of paint and other finishing layers that are commonly used. While the advantage of an airbrush is that it is basically a miniature of the spray guns used to paint full-sized aircraft, the first camouflage we'll tackle is one with a hard edge. Getting the colour right on any scale model can be difficult and is often the subject of heated debate on website forums. Then drop us a line with a couple of pictures to info@warlordgames.com or share with all over at the Warlord Forum, © 2020 Warlord Games. Painting Scale Models - Camouflage Camouflaged scale models can be challenging to paint. Beginners Guide to Making a Scale Model Tank: So for this Instructable I will not actually be going through the kit instructions with you. When the time came to paint the roof, the sides had dried sufficiently so that they could be used to hold the model. Compare with the photo below. Since I published the book Painting Wargames Tanks many people have asked me about how to do the tree branches or foliage I added to some 15mm tanks. The model has now had the base coats completed. The method shown works equally well w… This is partly because the vehicles may be painted in the field, in a hurry, under conditions that are less than ideal. I saw another thread about which paint to use when hand painting, but was unsure if this would work for model tanks and how to do a camoflage paint job by hand. "But I don't see a tank model there," he declares. Warlord Games, Bolt Action, Pike & Shotte, Hail Caesar, Cruel Seas, Black Powder, Black Seas, Warlords of Erehwon, Blood Red Skies, SPQR, Beyond the Gates of Antares, Gates of Antares, Algoryn, Boromite, Lavamite, Isorian Shard, Concord, Ghar, NuHu and Freeborn are either ® or ™, and/or © Warlord Games Limited, variably registered around the world. Camouflage can be applied separately to the hull, turret and gun. Dalek image © BBC/ Terry Nation 1963. 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