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highlighting camo

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by primus, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. primus Member

    How do you highlight camo uniforms? Do you highlight the most seen color? For example you have to highlight german WW2 figure in spring camo; there are three colors on his uniform- so how do you decide which color to highlight or to darken? I hope you understand my problem. :(
  2. Christos Well-Known Member

    I shade and highlight the basic colour first.I place the secondary colours of the camo and then I deal with each colour seperately.The lights and shadows of the basic colour will lead you to do a proper painting on the smaller parts of the camo.It depends also from the size of the figure but I deal with each colour seperately.
  3. primus Member

    thank you Christos! :)
  4. Einion Well-Known Member

    Hi Primož, what scale are you working?

  5. primus Member

    Hello Einion! The scale is 1/35
  6. thegoodsgt Active Member

    The real challenge in my experience is to shade and highlight using subtle colors so that the shadows and highlights don't look like their own, distinct colors within the camoflage.
  7. Einion Well-Known Member

    Highlighting and shadowing each colour individually is the best method overall but in small scales it can really be almost impossible to do, luckily 1/35 scale is just small enough that you can use a single highlight colour and a single shadow colour and get pretty decent results with most camo patterns, if you pick the two paints carefully.

    Stefan Müller-Herdemertens's method, which is of this type, is explained with some pictures in Tony Greenland's armour book, using a light 'warm' grey for highlighting and a sepia for the shadows. I don't remember which two paints exactly (they might be in a prior thread if you want to try a search) but the exact ones aren't important since one can mix something yourself and use that, and you may not be using oil paints anyway.

    Try a light mix of white, yellow earth and dark brown for the highlighting colour, black + brown or black + green for the shadow colour and work slowly and carefully with a fine brush, see how you do.


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