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Painting: Painting with Acrylic
Discuss Acrylic painting techniques.
RAF Pilot blue jacket
Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:00 PM UTC
I recently bought the Life Miniatures bust, THE FEW The pilot is wearing an RAF jacket/blouse that appears to be blue wool. Iím wondering if anyone knows an accurate color for the base color, especially in the Vallejo range. ModelMaster acryl or enamel will do as well. If not theses, any other color ranges. Thanks in advance.
United States
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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 02:06 PM UTC
Just find a color that's close enough and bring it up or tone it down as necessary...colors tend to fade over time (as do folk's memories) and what you see in books, movies or online will have different shades depending on how they're rendered either on your monitor or in print,,,same with Napoleonic colors - close is often good enough - as long as the color isn't so far off the mark as to be ridiculous....Also consider the type of light under which your art will be displayed...I used to paint under fluorescent light, but the figure would look completely different when I took it into either daylight or incandescent light...Adding and extra mug of beer tonight because I'm out of it and could use about four of 'em about now...

CB in FL
England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 06:00 PM UTC
Most of the renditions I've seen of this bust (and other figures) show RAF uniform as blue. It isn't. It's a dark blue-grey. The nearest paint colours that I can think of are the old Humbrol 'authentic' RAF Blue-grey and Tamiya Field Blue.

I agree that the lighting makes a big difference, but pale blue, bright blue etc it ain't!