This book contains everything you will need to know to get you started on modulation for your vehicles.

The book is broken into 5 parts:

  • Colour Theory
  • Zenithal Light
  • Colour Modulation
  • Illumination by Panels
  • Spotlight Technique

Prior to the chapter on colour theory comes the introduction, preface, a discussion about modulation and then a quick half page overview of each of the 4 chapters on the different types of modulation. There seems to be quite the discussion going on about modulation and its place in modelling and its relation to doing ‘real’ techniques. I can see that just doing colour modulation on its own will lead to a model that certainly looks odd. However, after filters and weathering, the modulation is toned down a lot and is not so obvious. When I look at any vehicle, even my own car, from my perspective it doesn’t look all the same colour. Different parts of the car appear to be different shades of colour depending how the light hits it and the shape of that part of the car. To me, that’s what modulation is all about.

Anyways, back to the first chapter on colour theory. This chapter is just a couple of pages, but it covers the basics of colour saturation, contrast and colour interactions.

Next we move onto a demonstration of zenithal lighting, that is, replicating a model that is lit from directly above. What follows is a step by step example of painting and weathering a Sherman with zenithal lighting.

The colour modulation chapter has 18 pages devoted to the painting and weathering of a Jagdpanther. Colour modulation seems to be modulation in various areas of the tank, lighter at the top to darker at the bottom, creating a variety of tones across the vehicle.

Illumination by panels paints and weathers a StuG III over 22 pages. In this technique, each panel of the vehicle is shaded from light to dark, with the light shades all nearer to the chosen direction of the light source.

Finally, we have 18 pages of painting and weathering a Tiger II using the spotlight technique. In this technique, there is one chosen source of strong light and the rest of the vehicle is in the shade. Areas of the vehicle near the light source are lighter than the areas further away.

This book covers a lot of ground over its pages and shows you more than just 4 modulation techniques. It also covers weathering and other similar techniques in depth, so although the book purports to be all you need to know about colour modulation, it is actually quite a lot more than just that.

From AMMO’s website:¬†This book explains in depth in an educational and visually easy to follow format, how to apply various light effects on your models, including the famous modulation technique. Through its 106 pages, hundreds of photos and numerous diagrams show how to obtain more from your models and give them more life and personality. To do this, the authors Javier Soler and Mig Jimenez explain 4 different ways of painting lighting effects on our models: colour modulation, zenithal light, spot light, and illumination by panels.

This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in learning colour modulation from the experts.

Many thanks to AMMO for the review sample.

You can get your copy by following this link to their site.

Paul Tosney – Model Builder International –

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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