|The original mat colour was darker than I wanted|
The method suggested by those in the know, and adopted my me, was relatively simple:
- Lay the mat out in a well ventilated area (in my case, the Garden)
- Apply several light dusting's of spray paint in short bursts from about 18 inches range
- Base: Desert Yellow (Humbrol) and Dark Yellow (Tamiya)
- Secondary: Sand (Humbrol) and Light Sand (Tamiya)
- Highlight: Ivory (Halfords)
The aim is not to create any specific features (although you could do that, adding roads of instance), but merely to break up the uniformity of the mats basic colour By keeping the can at a distance the paint only adheres to the surface of the fabric and doesn't soak all the way through. This means you could paint the other side a different colour if you so wished.
|The unpainted mat is on the right and the base painted colour is on the left|
|Again the unpainted mat is on the right and the final highlighted mat on the left|
The above picture doesn't do the finished effect justice because it really does look much better than the unpainted mat. The overall effect is much less uniform, significantly lighter in tone and compliments the basing of my particular models.
|British Heavy Tank Squadron and an Infantry Tank Company on my newly painted mat|