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Alpine camo for UCM

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Alpine camo for UCM

PostFri Nov 16, 2012 3:00 pm

I really like the look of the alpine camo in the UCM alternative paint schemes. I've done a few test pieces with my Raven's & a couple of bears where I've used masking tape to make some irregular lines across the vehicles (around 5 or 6 depending on the vehicle) and then airbrushing a slight off white over the green base (russian armour from the FoW range to be exact). Now this is ok, but it's created too stark a contrast in comparison to the more smudged out blending that's in the picture.

Does anyone have any advice on how to achieve this look? Should I be using thinner white lines, and then blending out? When I do my initial airbrushing of the white stripes, do I need to use a more opaque mixture for the off white?


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Re: Alpine camo for UCM

PostFri Nov 16, 2012 3:15 pm

Drubrushing the contrast areas with very small amounts of the the lighter colour may help to give the appearance of a smoother transition and its also a lot less time consuming than blending. It will gain a bit of a shine though as drybrushing does. That might not matter on such a bright colour anyway though.

Just my two cents. Good luck.

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Re: Alpine camo for UCM

PostFri Nov 16, 2012 4:52 pm

I think it's either sponged or stippled.

The foam the blisters have is perfect for sponging - just put some paint on them, dab most of it off on a paper towel, and lightly dab the model. Stippling is just as easy. Take an old dryrush and cut it almost dowm to the ferrule with scissors, leaving just a mm or so of bristle. Then do the same thing as with the sponging - remove most of the paint and stab it against the model gently.
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Re: Alpine camo for UCM

PostSun Nov 18, 2012 2:57 pm

I was considering a winter scheme for my UCM and found a great tutorial here. It covers several methods.

An option not covered is to paint the model fully and then apply a layer of gloss varnish. Airbrush a white enamel paint over the model and then gently remove the enamel with a brush that's damp with thinner.

Currently I'm working on my PHR army, so I've yet to experiment with any of the techniques. I'd love to see what works for you.
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