Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Experiments with weathering

A few weeks ago, I picked up a couple of packs of the Tamiya weathering master packs. These are little packs of pigments that are in some sort of wax suspension. They can be applied via brush or sponge and theres a couple different types of pack. I got a Type A and a Type B.

Type A contains Sand, Light Sand and Mud. Type B has Snow, Soot and Rust.

So far, here's what I've got... I'm not too happy with it, but it looks better than drybrushing.




Again, thoughts on the pics would be helpful - I really could do with sitting with someone to show me how to do this. (Looking at you Paul!).

7 comments:

  1. looks no bad to me Jamie!

    You can also pic up artist pastel and chalks from yer art shop in Lanark. Not sure on the wax type? could do with the earth colour between the bogies then the lighter shade applied. I would be up for giving it a try with you. I think we may have the odd 1/72 scale kit left to try them on. The MIG pigments are very popular with 1/35 scale modelers but are pretty expensive (Birthday coming up?).
    Cheers
    Paul

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    1. I've got some of the vallejo pigments, but wasn't impressed. Not very easy to use. These ones are a lot easier and a bit more flexible. My first attempt was with the lightest color, which wasn't smart. I should have started with the darker tones. However, I'm not trying to go muddy, just dusty.

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  2. I tried some of this a while ago, but less enthusiastically. It was on some MKIV's and looked alright. They're in the loft somewhere at the moment, so I'd have to dig them out. However, the stuff won't go into the recesses, which is exactly where it would collect in real life. Not sure what tthe answer is, but I suppose you could try the MIG stuff which seems to wash on?

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    1. Hey Gary, thanks for the comment! I was willing to try this stuff as it wipes off pretty easily. I'd tried vallejo pigment mixed with a liquid agent previously and it was a mess. And difficult to remove. I found with the Tamiya stuff that a stiff bristled paintbrush let me work it in to areas better than the applicator that comes with it. I'm just struggling to get shades and quantity right. I have been looking at the wash on mig products, but given my previous mess I'm not sure. Is it easy to remove if you mess up?

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    2. Chalk pastels, that's the answer. They do various colours and you can grind down as much as you need each time. Spray varnish fixes it.

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  3. What about slapping it on liberally so it goes in the recesses then dry brushing with a dry brush (boom-boom!) to lessen the excess on the raised areas?

    I do know AK Interactive and MIG (Same company?) have some very good (And pricey) books all on this stuff.

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    1. Hey Dai, thanks for the feedback. I actually picked up Tank Art 2; WWII Allied Armor (http://www.militarymodelling.com/news/article/tank-art-2;-wwii-allied-armor/16246/) but found that it was just too advanced for me! Might have to see if anyone does a Idiots Guide!

      I might give your idea with the brush a try - I've really only been using my finger to take off the excess, but a brush might give a better effect. Or a bit of dry sponge.

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