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WIP Brit ww2 Para Denison smock technique

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Gellso, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I've wanted to try this for a wee while to see how it would look.
    This is a 120mm Para from APM at www.120mini.com
    What you need is a size 2 flat brush trimmed with a very fine pair of scissors to look some thing like this:
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    Slap some paint on and rather than use the flat edge use the side edge and drag the brush looking at some camo reference to see roughly where the swirls go. It goes fine on the the flat areas but on creases it just doesn't flow so some extra work is needed on these areas. As the swirls went on I got a feel for it so just need more practice think.
    See what you make of this.

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  2. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Grant excellent technique , looks like you've nailed it along with an exact colour match. (y)

    Cheers Ken
  3. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent grant. I have a Denison smock pending, so noted.
    Carl.
  4. rheath Active Member

    Country:
    South-Africa
    Grant you've nailed it for me, this was going to be a dillema but clear as to how it can be created. Much thanks mate.(y)
  5. Johan Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Thank you, excellent tip ! ;)

    ... something else - by the looks of that figure, it seems the irrepressible Maurice Corry has resurfaced again ! :) :) He still owes me a figure for the 25£ I sent him !
  6. Michael Tse Active Member

    Country:
    HongKong
    thanks for the post, Grant! Now I know why basic and unattractive a British camo can get back in those days.

    And your rendition is spot on!
  7. Ferris A Fixture

    Excellent tip Grant! Hope to try this once.

    Just one minor comment: Base colour and red are spot on, but I find the green a liiiiiitle bit to greyish; I experience the original to be a slighly more yellowish green. But nothing serious; I might just have to clean my glasses.... ;-)

    You surely nailed the pattern!

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  8. ubbi Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    fantastic camo Grant !!

    cheers

    stefano
  9. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter

    This thread is relevant to my interests! Nice paint and very good tip.....I happen to have a sacrificial brush on hand....now, where be my scissors?
  10. ScottS. New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Looks good. I have these figures also, they are nice. Well be watching.
  11. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Adrian,
    The green is luftwaffe green perhap next guy I will do will be more olive green.
    The wear and tear and age of different smocks gives you loads of leeway with colour I tried to go with a brown and green which would compliment each other.
    Ta for comment
  12. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I forgot to say to practice on a piece of paper first it lets you get a feel for the brush and also the amount of paint to put on it. Remember and use the brush sideways and not the normal wide flat edge way.
  13. Mat Lambert A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Grant,

    Firstly, congratulations on finding such a good technique - Ive spent a while painting Denison smocks and never got anything as right as this. I will definately be trying again using your method.

    Secondly, and please take this comment as intended, I think the brush marks could be much broader. Your excellent paintwork is quite intricate and on reference images of original WW2 smocks I have seen the pattern has larger patches/splashes of green and brown.

    Again, I only say this trying to be helpful to get the effect just right for you and feel abit wierd commenting as Im not a great painter. I hope to see the progress.

    Also thanks for the link to those great APM para figures.

    All the best
    Mat
  14. Mat Lambert A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Here are a couple of images illustrating what I mean - 2nd pattern, without the wool cuffs, but I dont think this made a difference to the overall pattern.
    cheers Mat denison smock _ 2nd pattern_front.JPG denison smock _ 2nd pattern_reverse.JPG
  15. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    thanks Matt

    I've seen several smocks and the one I posted dont seem as broad patterned as your one. I'm sure there were variations depending on type of cloth, factories time of production that varied. I think your version of the smock might be better for the front as there is a lot of creases.
    Cheers for input, it is duly noted.
  16. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
  17. Johan Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    I also ordered these AMP para figures two weeks ago and would like to make a start on these, but so far haven't received anything.
  18. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    They aren't the fastest at delivering.:confused:
    Carl.
  19. Johan Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    ... hmmmm, yes, normally it takes less time to send packages from the UK to Belgium ... strange ...

    I ordered the whole 4-figure paratrooper set, and two of the new Inniskilling dragoon ....

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