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  To pre-shade or not to pre-shade, part deux
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 01:50 AM UTC
It''s been sometime in coming but I finally got around to getting part 2 of my pre-shading article sorted. It is mainly about how it is possible to pre-shade darker camouflage colours but now I don''t use black. I still need to work at the technique but it does work. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this idea, especially if you try it.

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Thanks!

I must appolagise for the spelling of "deux" in the graphic for the article, a slip up on my part, it will be corrected
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 03:19 AM UTC
Nice article Mal.
Good - easy to follow, and understand.
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 03:58 AM UTC
Nice one Mal.
I have been using white primer on my Jap planes for a while, and with the black pre-shading most of my planes look like chessboards.
I put a coat of future over the pre-shade, then shoot Alclad metal, then the top coat and then do the paint chipping. Seems to work but you still have to be a bit careful when taking the paint off .
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 04:14 AM UTC
Great article Mal. I'm I big fan of pre-shading, I've been using this method for sometime. I also like to post-shade. Will you have an article on that.

Joe
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 04:21 AM UTC
This is a very instructive article. I love the look of a pre-shaded aircraft, but have been reluctant to try it...just not confident in my airbrushing skills I guess. But, you may just have me convinced to give it a go.

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Mike

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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 05:05 AM UTC
Just wondering, with all this talk of pre-shading, would it be vaible to take each color, mix it with a drop of black, and then spray that over the panel line sof each camo color? It seems to me this would achive a nicer and more subtle effect with more control as well.
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 10:21 PM UTC
Joe

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I also like to post-shade. Will you have an article on that.


I don't use post shading so I'm not the guy for an article on that, any volunteers..............Joe

Mike

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This is a very instructive article. I love the look of a pre-shaded aircraft, but have been reluctant to try it...just not confident in my airbrushing skills I guess. But, you may just have me convinced to give it a go.


Thanks Mike, I too like the look that pre-shading can give, but it is easily overdone, making a model look all wrong (IMHO) the trick is to be subtle. The beuty of using the actual colour, rather than black, is that you don't need nearly as much paint to cover and therefor it is easier to control. If you like what pre-shading can do then you must give it a go, just don't parctice on your latest masterpiece

Gautam

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Just wondering, with all this talk of pre-shading, would it be vaible to take each color, mix it with a drop of black, and then spray that over the panel line sof each camo color?


Well each to their own, but I think adding black would kinda defeat the object (of what I am trying to do). Give it a try though and let me know how you get on. If you can't get on with using the camo colour as is then lightening it for the layering might be a better way to go. Although in the article I do say that there is no need, but doin so might help achieve the aim.
If you haven't already done so it might help to read my first article. Remember though this is only my way of doing this.

Mal
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Posted: Friday, March 03, 2006 - 02:41 PM UTC
Someones been a busy lad...

...and well worth the effort.

Another excellent article by our Mal.

I'm relearning the little I know with new eyes now....and picking up so much new stuff...great.

Cheers
Peter
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Posted: Friday, March 03, 2006 - 02:47 PM UTC

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Just wondering, with all this talk of pre-shading, would it be vaible to take each color, mix it with a drop of black, and then spray that over the panel line sof each camo color? It seems to me this would achive a nicer and more subtle effect with more control as well.



What you describe is post shading, best done by diluting this mix with about 70% thinner, in misty coats.
and, yes you can do both on the same surface.

Frank