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Base coats (simple humbrol colour ? ) Before applying oils

Discussion in 'Just starting...' started by Jimbow, Dec 25, 2021.

  1. Jimbow New Member

    Dear All,

    Could the base coats be a simple colour i.e. a regular blue Humbrol (matt 25), a regular yellow Humbrol (matt 24) , a regular red Humbrol ( matt 60) ?
    Or the base coat should already be the nearest colour of the base coat of the oil ? This implies to buy a lot of more tins of Humbrol.

    Thank you for your help.
  2. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Jim,
    I try to get the base coat (Humbrol enamel) similar to the required oil colour. That is, dark green, mid green or light green. Dark, mid or light red,. No need to buy a whole range of colours. You can mix the basics with a limited range of colours. Eg, making greens from blue and yellow; darken reds with green etc.
    Hope this helps.
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  3. Jimbow New Member

    Thank you Chris.
  4. Jimbow New Member

    The base coat has not to be so close as the final oil coat but just the same colour, right ?
  5. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    That's correct Jimbow. For me it is simply to provide the background colour. For the darker colours you can add the main highlights with enamel before applying the oils.

    Other more experienced painters than me may have other techniques.
  6. Jimbow New Member

    Thanks chrisr, I should have posted it in the forum "just starting".
  7. Ned Ricks Active Member

    Concur with Chrisr.
    I picked up this oils over enamels method in late 1990s and it still works for me. My favorites are Humbrol, also the now-discontinued Testors and Model Master.
  8. yellowcat A Fixture

    My base coat is oil, oil over oil. Never need or use enamel or acrylic as base coat for oil.
  9. Nap Moderator

    Just seen this ....moved it for you

    Good replies from folk

  10. Jimbow New Member

    Thank you Nap. :)
  11. Alexandre Active Member

    au début que je peignais , je mettais la couleur la plus proche du finale que je voulais mais 30 ans plus tard j’ai compris qu’il pouvais être intéressent de ne pas suivre se résonnement
    j’ai déjà comme par humbrol bleu pour finir a finir à huile jaune par exemple , sela permet une approche intéressent dans la finalité de la teinte

    Google translate ( Nap )

    au début que je me plaignais, je mettais la couleur la plus proche de la finale que je voulais mais 30 ans plus tard j’ai compris qu’il pouvait être intéressant de ne pas suivre cette résonance
    J’ai déjà comme par humbrol blue pour finir avec de l’huile jaune par exemple, cela permet une approche intéressante dans la finalité de la teinte
    Nap likes this.

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