Hi guys, well live and learn, I spray painted a coat of Humbrol clear gloss in prep for the decals and oil wash, I normally brush paint the gloss on, however because I am speed building these, I decided an airbrush would do the trick quicker, however the gloss coat seems to have effected the colour of my dark yellow base.
To explain, I start with a black undercoat, then a dark yellow base, spraying more colour in the middle of larger areas, this gives the model a shaded effect, the gloss has made the thinner layers of dark yellow more transparent, this has made the black undercoat show through and darkened the whole paint job, to prove the point, most of the chipping and scratches were just slightly lighter then the base coat, and didn't stand out much, they are now very obviously a much lighter colour, I considered stripping the lot, and starting over, but it really goes against the idea of speed building, so I have pushed on, added decals and an oil wash.
Anyway, what do you think so far?
Next up, matte coat, painting some details, license plates, then weathering.
Well they still look very good but I understand your disapointment.ReplyDelete
I think they are blooming awesome myself Dan. I cannot see any issues at all.ReplyDelete
You may be lucky and the matt coat may sort the gloss problem out... but I can safely say that I would be absolutely blown away if I ever recreated something as brilliant as these myself.ReplyDelete
1/72? I'd be struggling to get any where near as good detail on 1/35! Lovely stuff.
They're still looking good matey. I'd reserve judgment about the dark look until they've been shot with the matt coat though. Can I ask if they looked a lot darker before the wash, or is it something to do with how the wash has reacted with the different way the gloss coat was applied?ReplyDelete
Hi Brent - they were dark before the wash, I will just press on with these, and re assess how I gloss my next lot, I'm probably just being picky, but I can see the difference, so it annoys me, they look a lot more green now, then dark yellow.ReplyDelete
I think they look brilliant to me. But ourselves are always our worst critics. As your speed painting them I would leave itReplyDelete
They don't look wrong or bad, they just look different to how you had them, in that they are a bit darker. You could risk doing a highly thinned light overspray (choosing a yellow thats lighter than dunkelgelb, or a very pale brown to represent dust) but you may like the effect less. cheers NeilReplyDelete
Mate, I think they look awesome! The lighter scratches really "pop" and grab your attention.ReplyDelete
They look wonderful Dan.ReplyDelete
Dan, as everyone else has said, these are looking very very good. But I can also understand your disappointment with not getting exactly what you were expecting. I also note that the "offending" product was a Humbrol clear. It sounds like you were trying something you hadn't done before but I must say that I have become increasingly frustrated with the inconsistent results I recently get with Humbrol paints and cotes that I have previously been using without any problems for decades.ReplyDelete
I'd echo the first comment - even if the effects you were going for aren't as distinctive, they still look good.ReplyDelete
Looks fine to me Dan.ReplyDelete
It's only a mtter of rivet counters...and I am not. I value the work, if it pleases my eye. And your work, does the job! :)
A fleet of armoured and softsjin vehicles to be proud on, nice work! What a quantity and quality.ReplyDelete
Dan they still look superb!!!ReplyDelete
Have you ever considered a dark earth base coat instead of black? Its not as harsh and yet still much darker than the german yellow shade.
Hi Paul - I haven't used a brown undercoat, but I'm open to the idea, I will try it next batch.
Very cool blog mate, link added :)ReplyDelete
I'm very late arriving at this party, but as I'm also working on large quantities of late-war German vehicles this is right up my proverbial boulevard.ReplyDelete
First off 'amen' to all the comments commending you on the fine work. Second, echoing DaveM's comment, re Humbrol: they used to be my 'go to' paints, back in my late teens early twenties, before I took an extended break from my mini-military hobbies. On returning, I've found Humbrol tinlets are no longer what they once were. It seems the paint formula has changed, and I no longer like working with them. I've now gone over, more or less completely, to acrylics (mostly Vallejo).
I do use Humbrol sprays, however, for base-coating, priming, varnish layers, etc. But I've given up priming in black, and now usually prime in Halfords grey. I can see that the dulling of the dunkelgelb is noticeable, and like you that'd irk me. But as everyone else is saying, the end results still look fab. Great work!