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Painting Splinter Pattern

the pattern

However, some time ago I found this image of the splinter pattern which tileable, this means that the pattern repeats at every edge.

I took this image into Photoshop to define this image as a pattern, this then allowed me to "paint" with this pattern. I created a new image and filled it with the splinter, doesn't really matter about the scale as long as it is not too small. Once printed, I and ended up with something like this:

If you wish to download the pattern, click on the link

Now, strictly speaking, this is not 100% accurate because the actual cloth was printed from rollers so the "tile" would obviously have been a long skinny rectangle instead of a square. I am however, working with no budget so this is as good as it is going to get. Remember, that we are now working with the army pattern and is not the same as the FJ smock above, although very similar.

Take this picture as an example. It is simply a case of picking a recognisable aspect of the pattern, here outlined in red, and finding this on your sheet.

All that remains is to mask the shape of the jacket, sleeve, leg, whatever to the right scale with some post-it notes and you have an "exact" (I use the term looseley !) pattern to copy. Like this.

Once you have the scale of the pattern, you can replicate any shape of cloth from this one sheet - just like a tailor. Please note that the shape I have masked is to show you the method, it is not masked to scale! This is invaluable for filling the gaps in your reference pictures. Obviously you can do this with any camo pattern, they all have a repeat somewhere, it is just a question of finding it ! The beauty of this is that you can replicate a complete uniform with very little reference of the original.

This figure was painted with this method - Look at the left arm.

About the Author

About andy evans (andyevans)


Ok, Andy, I'm overdosed You've done your homework for sure! Great feature. Thanks!
MAR 23, 2011 - 05:34 AM
I think this article is a great read as Andy explains his SBS technique really well with great pictures of each step... The best thing is that it is the first article in a series, which we are very proud to host at HF. So, stay tuned for more... Mario
MAR 23, 2011 - 06:45 PM
Thanks Andy! This is very, very useful article and I can't wait to next one.
MAR 23, 2011 - 08:12 PM
Superb sbs article. Looking very much forward to the next one Thanks for taking the time to make the feature Andy.
MAR 23, 2011 - 11:22 PM
great article with some really good tips simon
MAR 29, 2011 - 06:17 AM
Still daunted by the splinter camouflage, but a really good article that will no doubt improve the end result for me. Thanks for the effort put into the article.
APR 26, 2011 - 10:11 AM