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PostPosted: Fri 30 Sep 2016 17:51 pm 
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I'm looking for feedback and examples of winter camo you have done without the use of an airbrush. I use the hairy stick with the occasional use of a rattle can, when appropriate. I am currently working on a Revell Luft 46 project - a 1/72 B&V 194. (Great kit, BTW.) I want to do my first winter camo. I built and painted the aircraft as I usually do, with a late war paint scheme of 82/83/76, or something close to those. I fully decalled the plane and put two coats of Klear over everything. After looking at a lot of period photographs and searching out techniques online, I finally decided to use thinned acrylic white paint applied with a QTip. I am going for a very worn, field applied, eastern front look. So, this is what I have so far. I realized that without salt or hair spray under the paint that it is hard to chip. I'm kinda mixed on the results, so far. Its a little less worn than I wanted, but I can live with that. Maybe I could thin the paint out a little more. I think if apply a dirty wash to it, that it will look better.

Anyone been able to get a good winter finish with acrylics and no airbrush? What do you think of what I have done so far?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Sep 2016 19:39 pm 
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I can't really advise on acrylics but I may have some tips based on my winter camouflage efforts with enamels. I have used an acrylic base coat and covered it thinly with white enamel. As soon as the enamel was dry to the touch, I have removed some of the white with thinner on areas such as edges and markings. I think that it would also work if you use acrylic thinner or alcohol on white acrylic paint. Start off with an even white coat and make it uneven afterwards.

If you want to chip, you could consider using Color Stop or another kind of latex rubber before applying the white paint.

I had applied the white thinly by using an almost dry brush which alreade gives a somewhat distressed effect in the first place.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Sep 2016 19:52 pm 
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As I understand it, whitewash was applied to tanks with anything at hand - rags, yard brushes, you name it
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Sep 2016 22:23 pm 
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I customised an old paint brush by trimming the bristles and turning it into a miniature stipple brush. I applied some watered-down Humbrol white acrylic with this brush. It was mostly applied slightly dry and was slapped-on with a random daubing pattern. This meant that some of the area with the whitewash had a dense coat, some a faint coat and some was missed with the bass coat showing through. I was quite pleased with the result. The effect I was looking for was accurately representing in-scale the bad white paint job slapped on the full-size aircraft by ground crew. A skilled scale replica of a bad paint job is not easily achieved. It could easily just look like an unskillful badly painted model. Mine's certainly not perfect but I was pleased with it...
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PostPosted: Mon 03 Oct 2016 13:00 pm 
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As Ratch says, Wehrmacht winter camo (and the green and brown army colours applied over Dunkelgelb) were pastes (think of school poster paint) diluted with water and applied with whatever came to hand! There is probably no consistency within a unit, never mind across and entire Front!

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2016 03:52 am 
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Thanks for all of the helpful posts! I think all of your efforts are excellent. I realize that there are many ways to realize this effect.

The example that I wanted to emulate most is this one ...
http://i.imgur.com/fzOsZfD.jpg

So ... this is the result of my efforts ...

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I pretty happy with it. I used thinned acrylic white by Citadel over a coat of future which sealed in the decals. I think next time I would use enamel white. It would be easier to move over the gloss future and easier to remove with solvents. I gave this a coat of MIG streaking grime to weather it. Overall, the plane could use some more weathering.

Any feedback appreciated.

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Looks good to me, and if you're happy with it, that's all that matters 8-)
I'm guessing you used a normal brush :think: Other alternatives may be a stipple brush or cotton bud :idea: Whatever suits you best :wink:

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As Ratch says above.

The point of my earlier post on the subject of German field camouflage wasn't "do it my way" but "there is no one correct answer" (well unless you have multiple different angle views of the specific machine in question taken on the same day).

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