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PostPosted: Tue 19 Sep 2006 14:11 pm 
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The best way to paint the 1.48 pilots
When ever ive done these in the past ive always made a pig's ear of it lol.

can anyone help please???


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PostPosted: Tue 19 Sep 2006 14:50 pm 
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Well its just like any figure really make sure that you have the figure cleaned up assembled and the cracks filled. wash in some detergent.

Undercoat

paint the face

then the cloathes

boots gloves etc

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Sep 2006 14:52 pm 
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If you want to paint the pilots reasonably well, there's no substitute for the best equipment - a really good quality 000 brush - and good paint. I find that Vallejo acrilycs work a treat. Good figures in the first place help...

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These guys all use the same techniques. First, make sure you know what colours your little guys flying kits are. There are plenty of pictures on the web. Modern suits are basically a light olive green, WW2 RAF guys flew in actual uniforms, mostly.

Paint the flying clothing the right colour. Try hard NOT to get any on the lifejacket. "Dry brush" over the flying clothing with a lighter colour - get an old brush well covered in the colour, then wipe it on a paper towel, then scrub it onto a another paper towel until there's barely any paint left - just marking the towel. Then scrub it over all the coloured clothing - hey presto! all the creases, pockets and detail will apear as if by magic.

Paint the lifejacket yellow, then the straps the right colour - tannish for WW2, greeny-brown (mostly) for modern. Then do the oxygen mask and boots/shoes in a very dark grey. Hands and face in flesh (Citadel Elf Flesh for me), helmet in brown for leather, white or green for modern. I use transparent Tamiya "Smoke" for goggle lenses and visors. You don't need to paint eyes or mouth, but if you want to, don't forget the eyebrows (dark brown). To do eyes, paint a very small white oval, and then a T-shape across the top of the white and down through the middle. Then finish with a line of flesh across the bottom to tidy up and keep it small.


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Work from the bottom layers of clothing to the top :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jan 2013 22:51 pm 
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Once I have painted the pilots for my 1/72 scale plane, is there a particular technique I can use for highlighting things like trouser and shirt creases etc? I do really enjoy painting them and spend a lot of time on them, but was after something extra to bring out small detail, as I'm always drawn to the pilot figures when I see completed models, and for me personally, they can make or break a model. After any suggestions :)

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jan 2013 22:57 pm 
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Hi mate
I use a simple weak dark paint wash to help bring out some features, black or dark grey seems to give best results for me. Not sure if this is what you are asking about but is what I do after painting the figures. It does give a used look to the pilots, makes the life vests look not so new and clean when viewed from outside the cockpit.
Good luck and hope it works out for your pilots.
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jan 2013 23:15 pm 
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Thanks for that, I'll give it a try :)

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jan 2013 23:19 pm 
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As Dave says; a wash of a dark colour.
I prefer a darker shade of the main colour. In some cases black or dark grey can be too stark. For the face I tend to use 'burnt umber', a lighter brown on the 'mae west', and dark grey on the uniform. If I've painted the pilot in white overalls then a lighter grey does the job.
I use acrylics for the washes. I put it on heavy then remove some with a cotton bud moistened [not dripping wet] in meths.

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PostPosted: Wed 23 Jan 2013 00:22 am 
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A wash of dark colour first, then when dry you can really highlight things with a gentle drybrush - use a mix of the original colour and a bit of white.


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