Apr 21, 2013

Weathering experiments


So I have bought some Vallejo pigments which is fine, but I had no idea how to apply it properly. I mean OK, put it on the tank but how much and how dry etc. Here are three AFVs which were not weathered before (the others made after these have a strong drybrush on the tracks/lower hull) so I experimented on them a little.


The first one was the KV-1. The one which the Revell enamel paint ruined pretty much. I started the work at insufficient light and it looked all right until next morning when the pigment fixer dried completely and left an enormous amount of dust and mud on the poor vehicle. Fortunately a layer of varnish removed most of it, and it's still better than it was before.

Now the other two are a tad different, I was more careful with the amount of pigment used (the 38t still looks like a mud wrestler though). I also applied a wash made of water, pigment and pigment fixer which in the end looked just the way I wanted - dust settled on the AFV. 


I have spent all the weekend painting vehicles so these will be featured during the next week.

18 comments:

  1. I do not know anything about weathering but all three look great.

    Also when I was at Salute the Modelmates' weathering effects were attracting a lot of people and from the demonstration the guys gave me they are really easy to use. I'm sure there are plenty of reviews of them on the net.

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    1. Thanks; it's about not messing up proportions. I've watched a vid and read two articles but it's not the same as trying it myself.

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  2. Looking good, your tanks! Weathering depends in my opinion on that what you will show and the area where the tanks are used. Until now I haven't used Vallejo pigments. I use instead pastel chalk. My strategy for weathering is... less is better than to much. Keep on your good work!
    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. Thank you. Seen a lot of WW2 photos but not one clean tank on them. And yes, after I over-did the first I was more careful!

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    1. Thank you; could be worse. The other ones are better, honest.

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  4. I thought about getting into pigments and then I read a bunch of tutorials and got scared. There are some masters at the technique out there and you may want to just ask questions on some forums.

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    1. Well maybe I did better when jumped right in, haha. Forums are a good idea but I might have the same procedure as with drybrushing: read a lot about it, try it and then go completely the way I prefer. I'm not good at following advice it seems.

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  5. Nice work, they look suitably filthy to me

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  6. I like them, Andrew. But I am thinking that your painting-style pretty much does the weathered look. Either way, you are a very good modeler.

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    1. Thank you; the ones already having the used look won't get the pigment treatment.

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  7. I reckon you bold approach of giving it a crack and see what happens is the best way to learn good technique. That'll be how the 'experts' became expert. I agree with Bruno Lorang that 'less is more' but on the whole I reckon it's hard to go really wrong with weathering.

    Your KV1 siomply looks as though it has been left out in the rain too long - which it probably would have been 'in real life.' The light tanks simply look as though they have seen a lot of the world, and brought much of it back with them.

    But the reality could have even more of a mud wrestler look. It is known that Allied tanks used to get so caked in dirt and dust, its crews figured that the effect was better camouflage than the paint work thus obscured. I've seen pictures of German and Russian tanks negotiating the mud of the Rasputitsa - which would make you pictured tanks look the epitome of well-polished cleanliness.

    Your tanks look fine, and I would leave thenm and move on to other vehicles...
    Cheers,
    Ion

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. The KV was, as I said, even worse than that before the varnishing - the 'mud camo' sort you mentioned. I have moved on and very little pigment drybrushed on the tracks plus a wash on the hull makes it look just good.

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  8. nice work. I cannot really comment much as I have never used washes. well I mix paint with lots of water but that hardly counts

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    1. Thank you. I still don't favor washes but they're useful at times like this.

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