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Painting Digital Flora Camo Pattern

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Here I will present a short step-by-step feature and describe the “flick technique” I use for painting the Russian "digital flora" camouflage pattern. The "flick technique" actually comes from a fellow modeler Karl Hoy, who described his method in the forum thread Painting modern Russian camouflage?

This is the pattern I'm trying to recreate, up close and personal.


I'm using mostly Vallejo paint, and Tamiya primer and clear flat varnish spray.

First step is to cut and clean the figure; this particular figure is from Black Dog and it depicts one of the "polite people" from crysis in Ukraine 2014. I applied Tamiya white primer:

At this stage I decided to paint the face and eyes that show behind the balaclava mask:

Next I applied a coat of Vallejo 70894 cam. olive green all over the uniform and webbing.

Followed by a wash with the same color plus black and sepia.

Then, dry brushing first with base color, then add a touch of white. Now we have a base color that has shadows and highlights.

Before starting the flicking process, I gave the figure a coat of clear flat Tamiya varnish. This will help to protect the base color when correcting any mistakes of the flicking process. These are the tools I used:

For the tan/light green I made a mixture of 70942 light green, 70953 flat yellow, and a touch of 70881 yellow green. I tried different brushes until I decided which one made the smallest spots. Paint should be a little bit thinned for best results. Try different ratios of paint to thinner until you get the result you like testing on paper.

Now it is time to start flicking:

During the process, you get some larger spots, which I immediately removed with Vallejo airbrush cleaner using a small brush.

With a very fine brush, you can play a little with the digital shapes, so that there are not only spots, Thus helping the look of the digital pattern, as well as adding spots where the flicking proces didn't.

Next, I flicked the Brown, very sparsely. I used 70940 saddle brown.

Last I flicked 70950 black, even more sparsely than the brown.

You are done with the flicking. At this point the spots look very prominent. Don't worry, with the next step of washes they will become more subdued.

I did several washes using varying mixtures of Vallejo Model Wash 76514 Dark brown and 76503 dark yellow. Very thinned down. Yellower for the uniform and darker for the webbing equipment; that way you get a slightly different tone on both.

Painted and drybrushed kneepads, boots, and gloves:

Next I painted all the detail on the webbing:

Added the AK74 and the figure is finished.

Finally, here are some of the figures I painted using this particular technique.

About the Author

About Marcos Suarez (zorrolobo)


Marcos - excellent idea! "Splatter painting" or “flick technique” has a new use. I've tried it to simulate SS camo in braille scale but without success. Salute to your success!
NOV 21, 2016 - 09:31 PM
Great new technique, very nice and thanks for sharing!
NOV 22, 2016 - 01:42 AM
Super and very original..
NOV 22, 2016 - 12:13 PM
Karl, here is my original thread where I mention where I got the idea: LINK
NOV 22, 2016 - 09:33 PM
Yes I saw that a while ago. However, a mention in the Feature article which will likely be more widely seen and read (due to they way it pops up on the front page) would have been nice. When and if I write about modeling I always try and give kudos to the originator or an idea where possible- its just a courtesy thing. Please don't take this the wrong way- I'm not trying to cause a fight or anything- frankly I'm really glad you were able to make use of the technique and give it a few amendments of your own. But as I said, a little courtesy is always nice. Respectfully, from one fellow modeler to another.
NOV 22, 2016 - 10:33 PM
Karl, that is entirely on me. I asked Marcos if he would be interested in publishing a how-to feature on Armorama. I got the permission to use the text and photos from forum topics and make a feature. I failed to mention where the technique comes from because I didn't know it was your idea, must have missed it somehow. Sorry for that. I will edit the feature and add credits to the originator. Mario
NOV 22, 2016 - 11:51 PM
Sorry for the confussion Karl and Mario. I only take credit for the execution of the tutorial, not the idea, as I stated in my original thread. Cheers to both!
NOV 23, 2016 - 12:13 AM
Thank you Mario and Marcos- I appreciate it ! Now Marcos- get back to doing that Ukraine dio- its coming along very nicely!
NOV 23, 2016 - 04:31 PM
Will do Karl!
NOV 24, 2016 - 02:34 AM