Back at the end of last month I posted about my two recently finished Chinese tanks (pictured below).
After debating how to paint the camouflage pattern I finally settled on drawing in the borders of the different coloured patches with a Sharpie permanent marker and then painting over everything. Given the results, it seemed like a good idea.
Read on to find out why!
Back in March last year I painted some WW2 Italian coastal forces ships, with the larger vessels painted in two-tone grey camouflage. As with the Chinese tanks, the camouflage had been lined in with a Sharpie marker and then cross-hatched to show which would be the dark grey areas. At the moment I’m painting another Italian destroyer so I got one of last year’s ships out to remind myself how I’d painted the life rafts (orange and yellow) and that’s when I got a nasty surprise – the marker pen lines had leached through the dark grey paint and were visible as black lines!
Of the three ships painted and camouflaged at the same time last year, I found the following:
- On the white metal model of the corvette Driade the black lines were obvious and showing through the dark grey paint.
- On the resin model of the torpedo boat Lince some black lines were showing through, but not too many.
- On the Shapeways 3D print of the destroyer Turbine no black lines were visible at all (the picture of Turbine below was taken last year).
Bit of a mystery! All were primed with Humbrol enamel grey and then painted with Vallejo acrylics, although the dark grey camouflage was in Humbrol acrylic grey. The latter covers well, but is much thinner than Vallejo paint. The base model material may also have an effect as well – the 3D printed material is grainy and really needs a good covering of paint.
All of these models were sealed with a coat of Railmatch enamel matt varnish, so I’ve now gone over the dark grey camouflage on Driade and Lince with another coat of dark grey. I’ll probably re-varnish them at some point but want to wait and see if the lines come back (hopefully not). I’ll also keep my eye on Turbine in case lines appear on that model.
The destroyer I’m currently painting is a 3D print so I’m hoping it’ll be OK, but I’ve put two coats of dark grey on to be safe. The Chinese tanks also had two coats of Vallejo acrylics for the camouflage colours so I’m hoping that’ll be good enough for them!
So, if anyone’s thinking about using a Sharpie marker to draw in camouflage patches or anything else, it might be wise to try it out on a test model first and wait a couple of months (?) to see what happens!