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Painting: Painting with Acrylic
Discuss Acrylic painting techniques.
US army helmets
United States
Joined: October 18, 2002
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2002 - 10:24 AM UTC
I am at a loss as to what to do with helmets. How do you go about weathering the WWII US army helmet in 1/35th scale? I don't know how to handle the smooth round surface for weathering. Please give me some advice as to what to do. Thanks.
Texas, United States
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2002 - 11:16 AM UTC

There are several things you can do to a helmet. You can put dirt on it, paint chips, show where its been worn down to the metal at etc etc.

After you have painted the base color of the helmet, add some lighter green or even white to this mix and paint very thin layers and make it litghter and lighter as you paint your way upwards to the top of the helmet. Remember, helmets are always under the weather and are exposed to direct sunlight a lot, and paint fades, this is what you are trying to portray.

After you are done with this, use a metal color and paint the edges randomly to show wear. You can also paint a few metal chips on the helmet itself. After you have painted all the chips and fading paint, give the whole helmet a very thing wash of black or burnt umber, this is to bring the whole helmet together.

After the wash is dry, you have the option to paint the mud and dirt, or even apply some patches of white glue mixed with dirt and sand, for extra rough surface.

Here is a helmet i painted using this technique.

Hope this is of some help
Connecticut, United States
Joined: January 08, 2002
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2002 - 11:44 AM UTC
Hi azizmaz. I would think that you will probably get a small variety
of answers on this, and I'm sure each modeler has somewhat of their
own approach. Mine is very simple & staright forward.
Of the two most basic helmet color's, the American M1 ( Olive Drab ) & and
though the German helmet's varied in different color's & models, one of the most
common was the Pattern M35 or M42 helmet ( Dark Gray ).
1) Paint helmet base color
2) Wash of Raw Umber Oil ( or black enamel paint )
3) Lighten the base coat color by 2 or 3 shades & drybrush random area's
for a worn or faded look.
.......now if the helmet has netting on it, just get reference for the color of
the netting
and use that color for your step #3 drybrushing.

- ralph
United States
Joined: October 18, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002 - 01:19 PM UTC
Thanks allot guys, it's a great help!