login   |    register

Scale Modeling Sponsors

See Your Ad Here!

AFV Painting & Weathering
Answers to questions about the right paint scheme or tips for the right effect.
Brushing Caunter scheme - what's the trick?
Royohboy
Visit this Community
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: June 30, 2006
KitMaker: 16 posts
Armorama: 15 posts
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2007 - 07:12 PM GMT+7
I've been trying to brush-paint a resin 1/144 scale AEC Dorchester armoured command vehicle in the hard-edged geometrical Caunter scheme. On a larger scale model this probably wouldn't present any major problems - you'd just mask the model and get nice, crisp, straight divisions between camouflage colours.

At this small scale, however, all the detail (antenna bases, rolled-up tent, etc.) is molded onto the hull, thus making masking pretty much impossible. I have tried brushing the pattern on free-handedly, but of course the divisions are anything but crisp, straight, geometric, etc., i.e. the paintjob lacks all the defining qualities of the Caunter scheme (apart form the colours which I think I got reasonably close).

Is there some trick, or is it just a matter of practice, practice, and then some practice?
Royohboy
Visit this Community
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: June 30, 2006
KitMaker: 16 posts
Armorama: 15 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 06:11 AM GMT+7
I found a viable solution meanwhile which most experienced modellers will know already. However, for the benefit of newbies or people getting back into modelling after a 20-year hiatus (like myself) here's the trick:

A friend of mine recommended I try Tamiya's masking tape - and it worked beautifully With a bit of gentle rubbing it conforms to all the rivet lines and molded-on clutter like the rolled-up tent and coiled rope.




Colours used are
Light Stone - Vallejo 123 Dark Sand
Silver Grey - 10x Vallejo 101 Green Grey + 10x Vallejo 001 White + 3x Vallejo 090 Reflective Green
Dark Slate - Vallejo 102 German Fieldgrey

Compared to the swatches in Mike Starmer's book on the Caunter scheme I found these colours to be a reasonable to good match. I forgot to lighten up the colours for scale effect, though, which at this scale should be somewhere between 205 and 30%.
CMOT
Staff MemberEditor-in-Chief
ARMORAMA
#406
Visit this Community
England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: May 14, 2006
KitMaker: 10,065 posts
Armorama: 8,011 posts
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2007 - 12:07 AM GMT+7
Depending on how complicated your desired finish is you could always use a hand held mask made of plastic-card, then just use your airbrush.
Royohboy
Visit this Community
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: June 30, 2006
KitMaker: 16 posts
Armorama: 15 posts
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2007 - 05:10 PM GMT+7
I don't have an airbrush, that's why I was looking for ways to brush it. An airbrush and masking with Tamiya tape would probably work swell, though :-)