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Old 09-30-2011, 09:34 AM
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AK-Interactive color modulation set...

So I am a newb with the airbrush, but getting better. I love the color modulation look, and my attempts have been mostly involving pre-shading with primers (black in crevices/etc) before the base color coat.

But this isn't really color modulation...

The biggest hurdle i have run into is what colors to mix to get shadows/highlights. I know enough not to just darken/lighten with black and white as that makes ick.

Well, along comes a training wheel, the color modulation sets form AK-interactive! wee! I picked up a set of these and painted my T-60 using them and really liked how it went, so I have decided to experiment a bit more. I realized that i did not go "far" enough with the modulation, as is gets toned down considerably as filters and washes are applied.

The best advice i have heard is to make a "tron tank" with the base colors, really accent the high and low color values.

anyways, here ia a 1/48th tank i painted in an hour with the color modulation set, as a "live practice"

I am not 100% happy with it, but that's why its practice right?
I love how easy these sets are to use, with the fast drying time with acrylics you can go form one shade to the next quickly.

Ill be experimenting more with this technique, I still need to hand brush details on this green guy and will add more highlights and "tron" edges to it. I want to get it as contrasted as possible to see what happens with the washes and filter.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:36 AM
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oh, and i have not painted the tracks or any details yet, i brush paint them after the base coat...
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:41 AM
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Nice! It's great to do this with "one-color" finishes to add some variety and bring out the detail. I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses.

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Old 10-06-2011, 05:14 PM
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Interesting build, I'll be following. I have to admit though, I'm not a big fan of CM. There're amazing models but to me, it always looks a little overdone. Maybe this thead will alter my opinion?

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Old 10-06-2011, 05:44 PM
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i felt that way initially but in moderation i really like the effect you can get from it. just like anything else, it can go too far. the guys that really do it well can weather most of the contrast out and blend it together but it's not an easy thing to do.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:27 PM
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I think the trick is knowing what you are going to do in the finishing/weathering process.

If you go too subtle in the cm/basecoat stage it all but disappears as soon as you start with filters/weathering/etc

But then if you have a lot of contrast in the cm stage but do very little weathering/washes/filters it looks odd.

So the trick is figuring out the right mix, if you follow.

I make no allusions to knowing that mix... But I'll try
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:53 PM
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interesting discussion.


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Old 11-02-2011, 01:28 PM
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I have purchased the same set but not been able to use it yet. Looks like you've achieved some nice results with it. Is that the Hobbyboss kit?

As far as the effect, I did some pretty strong modulation on a M1117 and initially felt that I had gone "too far". However, after the weathering the effect became much more subtle yet in my eyes, really set the model apart from anything else I've ever done.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:54 PM
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It's a tamiya kit
Yea, I think lots of contrast is the way to go for this
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