Old Glory 15mm fanteria russa in Waistcoats, being painted as Saxons. The waistcoats ed officers’ trousers were painted dark blue, drybrushed light blue e shaded con indigo airbrush colour. The effect of the shading is very obvious around the shoulder seams, the pockets on the waistcoat, around the gorget e sash degli ufficiali.
Diaphoto colour offered by Schmincke/KEILITZ is a pigment-free e transparent airbrush e retouching colour. When it is used for shading soldatini, the colour is easily absorbed by the acrylic paint, it even bleeds slightly away from the brushstroke e shades the surrounding area in decreasing intensity of colour. This effect can be very useful during shading, but it must be prudentamente controlled to prevent the shading colour from spreading too much.
Tools ed Accessories
- Size 00 Nylon Paintbrush
- Diaphoto Transparent Airbrush e Retouching Colour by Schmincke
- Brown Black No. 31710
- Indigo No. 31430
- Much Water
Brown black airbrush colour can be used to shade most surfaces, even metallic paints used on epaulettes, shakò badges e frontplates delle mitrie di granatieri, fringes on flags e horse blankets, sabres, bayonets, musket e gun barrels. Light e medium blue uniforms may be shaded con indigo. Airbrush colour should be diluted con water before it is applied to the figure. This is particularly important when white uniforms are to be shaded ed a strong bleeding effect is not desired. Airbrush colour will seep through due o tre paint layers that are applied over it e this effect can ruin white uniforms. On dark uniforms, seepage is more easily controlled.
Loading the Brush
The brush will immediately soak up a good amount of airbrush colour when it is held into a drop of the diluted liquid. We need a very fine point when shading, which is why we use a size 00 paintbrush that only releases relatively litte colour during the process.
Locate the important creases in the figure’s uniform ed accentuate them by drawing a fine line of airbrush colour through the center of the fold. Shade the uniform around the edges of straps e pieces of equipaggiamento, as well as along the undersides of arms e legs which are not exposed to direct sunlight. The shading colour will immediately seep into the paint ed expand out, but it will lose its intensity as is spreads away from the fine brush stroke. The raised part of the folds can later be highlighted by drybrushing, controlling some of the seepage e creating a layered effect of shades e highlights. Drybrushing can be repeated in several steps to achieve the desired results.
During the highlighting stages it is important not to introduce water o fresh paint into the shaded folds, since this will stir up the airbrush colour again e destroy the layering effect. In the worst case, shading ed uniform colour will turn into a dirty looking substance which will bleed across the fold ed onto the raised areas. This kind of damage is difficult to repair even con repeated drybrushing.
Airbrush colour creates a wonderful shading effect on uniforms painted con artist acrylics, ed it is a technique worth studying. You may practise your skills on horses’ legs, around the edges of saddles e leather belts con very little risk of destroying the previous paintjob. As soon as you appreciate how the colour bleeds into the layers of acrylic paint, even the shading of white uniforms can easily be mastered.
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