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Has anyone seen anything about tips tricks or ANYTHING really that would be a good source of information to painting digital camouflage? I want to experiment with the technique on some Tau.
The problem with digital camo on a small scale is that the pixels you see on military uniforms and vehicles is in fact a much of 1/8 inch squares.
From a distance, these pixels blend together and appear to smooth out. The uniforms of Space Marines, Tau, IG, etc... would appear as if viewing a normal size person from a distance. So you would have to miniaturize the digi camo to match the scale.
Unfortunately, this will cause you to no longer have pixelation, and have a blending. If you use larger digi, then it just starts looking awkward. With Tau, I am certain you can get away with blocky camo, just due to the nature of the Tau, but try to stay away from the US military Digi print. 54MM scale minis are about the limit of getting a decent digi print and it still looking real, and recognizable.
What I recommend is simply choosing three colors that contrast well together. Then pick a specific size square that will not look too overly large, and randomly place the squares.
Make sure the squares form larger block patterns of the same color, and make sure to overlap with the other colors.
That honestly is the only way to get digi camo.
Honestly though, unless you are really good at free handing squares, you are going to have a hard time with doing small pixel squares, and still having it look like digi camo.
When I said they blend together at a distance, I am referring to the Digi Camo I wear in real life. The further I get away, the more the digital pattern blurs out. Once I am far enough away from you that I appear the same size as one of your minis held at arms distance. You cannot tell that the camo is pixels. It looks like a more smooth transition.
Good luck though, hope it works out for you.
Probably the easiest way to get digi camo is to use the salt method. What you do is paint a single layer at a time and right before you put on the next layer of paint, apply some water with a brush and then sprinkle some salt on the wet areas, this will cause the salt to stick to the figure. Then you spray on the next color you want to use in your camo, and you keep doing that until you get all of the colors you want on there. Then once everything is dry simply scrape off the salt which will show off the color that was underneath the grain. It actually works pretty well, I used to use it all of the time on 1/35 US Infantry.
Just be sure to use table salt otherwise the grains will be too big
One thing I will say though is that this guy didn't do that good of a job, but it looks much better on smaller figures because the salt grains take up more space.
Last edited by Guarder22; November 5th, 2010 at 08:50.
I have written the editor and been asked my opinion by the magazine several times on this issue (mini figure painting quality) and I have suggested that they pull their heads up out of the sand and google some sites to see what real mini painting is all about.
For a magazine that claims to be the hallmark of all that is modelling, they have never heard of Forgeworld, CMoN; or even attended modeling shows like EuroMilitare or a gamesday (for example) to name just a few...
I think this guy did a really good job of recreating digi-cam Szetor :: Soldiers of the Canadian Army
I found the link on this forum if you want to try and get in touch with him. http://z11.invisionfree.com/Work_In_...topic=5106&hl=