A Guide to Painting With WW2 Vallejo Paints

Written by larry simmons
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WW2 Vallejo paints come in a range of colours that a modeler can use to recreate World War II battlefields. From German greys to American greens, Vallejo paints are blended to recreate the official colours used to manufacture uniform and machinery, as well as to match the materials after they've been dulled with use in the field. WW2 Vallejo paints also are formulated for smooth application by paint or airbrush, leaving little need for paint correction, and streamlining the painting process.

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Things you need

  • Paintbrushes
  • Plastic panel sheet
  • Vallejo paints
  • Airbrush
  • Distilled water
  • Vallejo airbrush cleaner
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Models

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    Clean the model surface before painting with a mild liquid soap and warm water to remove moulding residue, dust or oils. Rinse the soap with cool, running water. Dry the model with a clean lint-free cloth.

  2. 2

    Create a painting palette for holding and mixing the Vallejo paints out of a thin plastic sheet. Open the cap of the paint and use the eyedropper within to drip the paint onto the palette. Mix paint by dripping two small pools next to each other with a slight space between. Draw the paint into the space with a brush, combining the different colours to create the shade you want.

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    Thin the paints when necessary by adding drops of distilled water, one at a time until the paint is the desired consistency.

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    Dip the brush into the paint. Remove any excess by drawing the brush along the palette or over a paper towel. Apply the brush to the model using even, consistent strokes. The Vallejo paints are formulated to not leave visible brushstrokes. Apply lighter paints first.

  5. 5

    Use the Vallejo Model Air Colors for airbrushing. No thinning is necessary before filling the airbrush reservoir and applying paints. Hold the airbrush a few inches from the model surface with the nozzle pointed directly at the intended target before spraying.

  6. 6

    Use thin layers to build up a coat instead of a single, heavy coating. This avoids painting over detail. Allow about five minutes drying time between each layer in a coating, and 15 minutes between layers of differing colours.

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    Allow the model to dry up to two weeks after applying the final coat to let the paint completely cure. Keep the model in a cool, dry space during this drying period.

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    Clean the brushes by washing them in cool, running water. Clean airbrushes by soaking the parts in a mix of 50 per cent Vallejo airbrush cleaner and 50 per cent alcohol for 12 hours. Rinse the parts with the airbrush cleaner after soaking.

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