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German Armor - hand painting hard edged patterns

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  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Northern Nevada
German Armor - hand painting hard edged patterns
Posted by HighDesertmodeler on Friday, August 23, 2019 2:14 AM

Tried hand painting a German hard edged pattern with Ammo of MiG Ral 8017 acrylic on a 1/48 Tamiya King Tiger turret based coated with Tamiya XF88 Dark Yellow.  The Ammo of MiG paint brushed beautifully over the matt Tamiya surface with barely any discernible brush marks (about three coats, 90 min work time).  Tomorrow I’ll be laying down the Ral 6003 pattern over the same turret.

Previously, I hand painted hard edged patterns over Vallejo or Ammo of MiG base coats.  These coats are somewhat satin.  The slicker satin surface made it harder to cover and I struggled with unsightly brush marks.

From now on, I’ll hand brush hard edged patterns over a matt surface.  If using either a Vallejo or Ammo of MiG base coat, try first sealing the paint with matt varnish before hand painting the hard edged pattern.

I could never achieve the same sharp lines with masking and painting as I do hand painting the pattern.


  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:31 PM

Well I'm looking forward to seeing your results when you have the time to post them.

I'd like to share with you my 1/48 Tamiya King Tiger I did by hand. I used Dealer Rowney artist's acrylics and some old MM enamels if I remember correctly. 

I blended the edges of mine with a mix of "wet" blending and dry brushing to fade the edges of the colors. With the weathering effects over that it turned out pretty darn good.

I stole the figure from a Tamiya Stuka Zu Fuss kit. ;)

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models


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