1⁄35To Preshade or Not Preshade - Part deux
How to do part deux.Apply the white primer, let dry and rub down with 0000 grade wire wool. This will give a really nice smooth surface without the danger of removing detail that emery paper might. Pre-shade the undersurfaces with black and paint as normal. This new method has no advantages when using light colours, so I still use black. Mask off the undersurfaces and draw on the camo pattern with a soft pencil. Mix the lightest of the uppersurface colours, using the normal paint thinner ratio. Spray this mix along panel lines and around detail, similarly to how you would spray black for pre-shading, but confine the paint to it’s own colour area, as previously drawn. Now add more thinner to the mix, it should be about the same now as for when spraying mottle, so you will also need to turn the pressure down. Spray this new mix to “fill in”, take your time, the paint is thin and watery so it won’t cover quickly but it allows you to take control of your progress. I have found it best to do sections at a time and, for this first colour it doesn’t matter too much if you overlap the second colour areas. What you are looking for is that the panel lines and areas around detail are just a tad darker than the main areas of paint. Done correctly this should be a nice subtle effect, but you can control the paint in such a way that higher areas are lighter, or it can be used to help to give a faded effect. All you need to do now is the same thing with the other colour/s of the uppersurface. Don’t forget that while you have the paint mixed as for mottling to do the mottle, if any, that requires that colour. One of the reasons that I do pre-shading is to add interest to single colour camouflage. This method should enhance the look of single colour camouflage without making it look like a patchwork quilt, if done in a subtle way.
You will see from some the pictures that it all looks a bit patchy, but this is partly because I had to use extreme lighting effects in PhotoShop, to actually show it, and partly due to the fact that I’m still learning this technique. Because of the way that I did this, basically a panel at a time, then I think a “blending” spray is the way to finish off. This is something that I did, but because I only realised it needed doing a little late in the process I defeated some of the effect.
- 1. Use white primer and pre-shade and paint the undersurfaces as normal, then mask off the undersurfaces.
- 2. Draw the camouflage pattern, in soft pencil, on the uppersurface.
- 3. Mix the first camouflage colour (lightest) using the normal paint/thinner ratio you would, if spraying black pre-shading, and spray along panel lines and around detail as you would when pre-shading with black. The difference here is that you confine the colour to the areas of that colour only. Also spray along the camouflage division.
- 4. Thin the paint and lower the pressure, as if you were doing mottle, fill in the areas of the first camouflage colour a panel at a time, and then blend in by overspraying all of the first colour areas. Before this blending overspray the lighter areas would still be too light. The idea of the blending spray is to get the final subtle effect.
- 5. Spray any mottle in the first colour.
- 6. Follow the same procedure for subsequent camouflage colours.
In conclusionThere is no doubt in my mind that this technique works; I just have to master it. Also note that I have not lightened the colours as I suggested might be an idea, (in the paragraph from the previous article). Using white primer and this technique effectively eliminates the need to, although there is nothing to stop you, of course. The real benefits may well be when doing a single colour, as this pre-shading will lend a certain interest to what might be a plain scheme. I will add more pictures as I do more models using this technique.
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