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US army troops in Iraq (Modern spon. build)

 
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CYC
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:06 pm    Post subject: US army troops in Iraq (Modern spon. build) Reply with quote

Hi all,
As there was a good deal of interest in paints used in my US Army soldiers I decided to post this little tutorial on how I am painting them. Since my post of the first trooper I have received my vallejo paints have have "perfected" the colours a little. The camouflage is closer to reality again.

Here are the colors I use (Vallejo model color):
Beige 70917
Desert yellow 977
Buff 976
Green-grey 886
sadle brown 940
Black grey 862
Medium flesh 70860

For the skins, I also use the GW Elf flesh instead of above Medium flesh.
For the bases, I use GW foundation paint Iyanden darksun and GW bleachbone highlight.

Finally GW black ink

1- Undercoat in balck the model. I try to sand the figures on their 2 cent coin base first. Then I paint the uniform with Green-Grey.



2- I mix 1to1 black grey and Green-grey. And dot randomly all over. Also use the same color to paint the velcro straps.




3- Use Buff and dot dandomly all over the uniform again. Don't think about it, just dot away... don't think, seriously!



4- Cover all boots and bags you want in sand color with desert yellow and highlight with beige.
Highlight gloves, head gear and weapon in Dark grey. Cover face with Saddle brown and highlight with elf flesh or medium flesh. Here I used elf flesh.


5- Finally, pick all recesses with balck ink to give shadows. And paint base.






One day I'll take decent pictures Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice must get some and give it a try.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Under a different light:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cyril, the camo looks fantastic - it was the right decision! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice one mate ..
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wanted to update you on a change of colour as such.

The last step in my tutorial says to use black ink to cover all recesses and shadow points. Well I didn't like the shinyness of the ink so I decided to use watered down black paint instead. Does the job well and no shining Very Happy You have to however keep an eye on the liquidity of the black as you use it. When doing batches of figures the black can dry up quickly or you can make it too watery. I am told the shinyness of the ink goes away with the matt varnish but can't confirm yet as I haven't varnished any figures so far.

Here are some pictures of the work in progress. May be better at reflecting the true colours I hope. I was sorting out the humvee squads, that's why the unpainted and partially painted are mixed:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CYC wrote:
I haven't varnished any figures so far.


Varnish them, Cyril. Varnish them all! If you want my advice, just varnish them... Rolling Eyes

It protects the figures from chipping just by touching. You can be as careful as you want, but prolonged use during games will wear the paint. It is a hard lesson to learn, once you discover shiny metal looking through your nicely painted figures and you have to restore them. I hate that. Varnishing has another advantage: It makes the paintjob look smoother and sometimes brings brightness to the more vivid colours like red and yellow.
I always use a brush for varnishing and do it in thin layers. Never sprayed yet, but I´m sure it works too.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ho I will varnish them when I am done painting them all.

I have been bold and played several times already with my japanese which I am still to spray varnish!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Michi now brush on the varnish ... it ends up being faster and easier than all the effort of spraying ( ie going outside in the cold !)

Get some Klear floor polish mate ! Brush it on all over the model. Then let it dry and brush on your matt varnish .
They will be very well protected then
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