How to Paint Army Camouflage

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Painting miniature soldiers in camo gear is rewarding, but challenging, largely because it is very difficult to paint camouflage well. There are some tricks to creating a realistic look, but prefecting them requires patience and practice. This article focuses on how to paint the classic United States armed forces woodland pattern, but the technique can be adapted for use with any camouflage pattern.

Prime the miniature toy soldier with white paint. This base coat will allow the coloured paint to adhere better, and the base colour will appear brighter. While bright colours are bad for actual camouflage, it will make your colour scheme easily recognisable on a miniature.

Paint the miniature's uniform with a single camouflage colour using your #1 brush. Use the lightest colour--in this case light brown--as it will prevent the darker paints from showing through underneath.

Apply the green and dark brown paints--over the light brown--in roughly equal amounts randomly around the miniature using a #1 brush. Your final mix of colours should be roughly one-third each of light brown, dark brown and green.

Paint black stripes of different lengths around the uniform using the #000 brush. The black paint should cover approximately one-fifth of the total uniform area when you are finished.

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Randomly select different colours to cover some of the black parts and to tweak the pattern. Use your #000 brush to apply these touch-ups.

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