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Title: Camouflage Patterns
Description: Based on real-world military


Ciaphas Cain - March 15, 2008 10:58 AM (GMT)
Well, I think I could help with urban and desert camo. Here's how I did them:

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Cheers

CC

Ciaphas Cain - March 16, 2008 11:00 PM (GMT)
Right then, to show you guys that painting camo is actually far easier than it might seem, a little tutorial which I did a few months ago.
Sorry, the pics are a bit on the blue side as it was a very nice and sunny day then and I took the photos in the shade.
I hope you can see what I did anyways. 8)

I prepared the mini with a black priming and painted the face

Tanned Flesh
Dwarf Flesh
Elf Flesh

then I VERY gently drybrushed the Eagle insignia at helmet, gun, chest, and canteen (more recent version is without eagle).

Skull White

All of the uniform got a second basecoat in

Adeptus Battle Grey (Foundation)

Hands, Shoes, Bayonet, belt, chinstrap (I do not highlight black)

Chaos Black

Metal parts in

Boltgun Metal (a bit of Brown Ink here for the Flamer)

(15 min)


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Next I did a rather crude highlighting of the uniform and helmet with

Codex Grey

(5min)

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Then light camo stripes in

Astronomican Grey (Foundation)

(5min)

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Finally dark camo stripes in

Black Grey (Vallejo)

(5min)

Basing (I use flock by Hornby Railway)----very lazy, I know. But why not?

(2min)

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Well.....that's it, you're done.

With a little practice it's another guardsman to serve the Emperor in about half an hour.
Obviously one could do a few extra highlights but for game use this standard should be alright.

Give it a try, it's fairly easy but quite effective.

Cheers

CC

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And if it doesn't work out ok, don't worry REAL men don't need camo anyways..

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Rogal Dorn - March 17, 2008 12:59 AM (GMT)
what about ur desert camo guard....theyre really nice as well...

ill get some foundation paint and try it out later

Iacton - March 17, 2008 10:27 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Ciaphas Cain @ Mar 16 2008, 11:00 PM)
And if it doesn't work out ok, don't worry REAL men don't need camo anyways..

:lol: No strap them into the equivalent of a walking tank suit and paint them bright red/blue/green (add chosen legion colour!) ;)

ShroudFilm - March 17, 2008 12:04 PM (GMT)
Great tutorial, love the photos too!

Ciaphas Cain - March 18, 2008 07:08 PM (GMT)
Here it is. A short tutorial on my version of desert camo choc-chip-style:

(F)= Foundation, (V)= Vallejo

Black undercoat

Armour: Catachan Green and extreme highlight with Gretchen Green (F)
Flesh: Tanned Flesh, Dwarf Flesh, Elf Flesh.
Weapons: Chaos Black, very light highlight with Adeptus Battlegrey (F)

Uniform: 1st layer USA TAN-EARTH (V)

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2nd layer Iraqi Sand (V)

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Brown camo stripes in Calthan Brown (F)

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some highlights for the lighter areas in Bleached Bone, the brown stripes with USA TAN-EARTH (V) and the spots with Chaos Black and Skull White added, some basing and you're done!

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Simple but effective, isn't it??

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Cheers

CC

Rogal Dorn - March 20, 2008 03:58 AM (GMT)
very very nice....to damn good for guardsmen :lol:



also are the paints watered or straight up?

Ciaphas Cain - March 20, 2008 06:03 PM (GMT)
Paint always a little watered but not much :)

Cheers

CC

Arven - March 21, 2008 09:46 AM (GMT)
Wow, those guys are properly good! I wouldn't have thought them GW models at a glance.. I particularly like the desert korps, esp the sgt with the hat and shemagh. Great stuff, and the tutorial is very clear too!

Angron - March 21, 2008 10:35 AM (GMT)
Simple and truly effective Cain :P

Rogal Dorn - March 22, 2008 02:14 PM (GMT)
i made a squat with each pattern, all i can say it was way better thn expected. ill post pics later

Weiss - March 25, 2008 08:07 AM (GMT)
Thanks for the clear and concise tutorials man. I like the use of the men-at-arms sprue, very effective!

Ciaphas Cain - May 3, 2008 04:38 PM (GMT)
A Woodland Camo tutorial for you guys:

Black undercoat
Face with -Tanned Flesh
- Dwarf Flesh
-Elf Flesh
Scope lens -Mechrite Red
-Blood Red
-Blazing Orange

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Uniform& Bodyarmour -Knarloc Green

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Gloves, Pouches, Canteen, Webbing etc. -Russian Uniform (Vallejo)

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Over all Black Wash (Chaos Black very heavily watered down), to create shading

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Light camo stripes in -Green Grey (Vallejo)

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Dark camo stripes on -Cam. Medium Brown (Vallejo)

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Black camo stripes -Chaos Black+ Black Grey (Vallejo) 3:1

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Bayonet Blade -Oily Steel (Vallejo)
Subtle highlightes for everything black (Rifle, Imperial Eagles, Belt Buckle, Canteen Lid, etc) -Black Grey (Vallejo)
Squad markings, base, done!

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Took me just under an hour and imho certainly tabletop standard.
Camo rulez!

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Cheers

CC

ShroudFilm - May 3, 2008 04:49 PM (GMT)
Very nice - love the "uniformity" of the random patterns once you see them all together! :D

Rogal Dorn - May 3, 2008 05:38 PM (GMT)
wow...that is without a doubt the best forest camo ive ever seen!

Brother Tiriel - May 3, 2008 09:49 PM (GMT)
Indeed great job, very stealth!

The only problem, that could lead to some debate, is that the minis in realistic camos such as your aren't easily "readable" if you catch my french drifts.
So, should one prefer lecture and artistic view to realistic view, in a gaming purpose?

ShroudFilm - May 4, 2008 02:00 AM (GMT)
Ahh Tiriel, your drifts are deep and confusing... :P

Do you mean that the minis are too small to make out the camo detail? Or that they look too 'busy' as a group on the tabletop?

I think they look very effective - I once did some urban camo on a 25mm mini, using my own camo trousers as a template. It looked fine!

byram - May 4, 2008 03:36 AM (GMT)
i love your Tri Color woodlands, those are amazing

Brother Tiriel - May 4, 2008 09:22 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (ShroudFilm @ May 4 2008, 02:00 AM)
Do you mean that the minis are too small to make out the camo detail? Or that they look too 'busy' as a group on the tabletop?

Indeed they aren't too small to make out camo detail.
What I mean on the contrary is that once painted camo, the OTHER details of the minis are confused, and not easily seen or read.

For examples, Ciaphas' desert camo guys are better imho than he's forests ones, because the camo isn't on the whole mini, and as such, the mini don't look too confusing.

So as I said, it's after all the purpose of a real camo, make the man not so easily seen, but since we are playing a game with painted minis, should we not prefer a mini with a camo a bit less realistic, but with more depth, details, and such that makes it legible?

I hope it a bit clearer now :D

Anyway I hope it's clear that I don't want to undermine your work Ciaphas, your camos are really really great. In fact, they are even too good in my opinion :lol:




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