Once the Green was done, chipped and sealed with more dullcote, I moved on to more detailed weathering techniques. Remember - EVERY technique I have used on this project so far has been completely new to me - a chance to stretch myself and try things out.
To recap the process thus far:
- Assembly with brass and additional Mr Surfacer 500 "cast" texturing
- Using Tamiya acrylics with Tamiya laquer thinner to spray all coloured paint layers
- Using AlcladII metallic paints to paint several zones on the models. (ok I had used this before but not the combo of paints I used this time. The "jet exhaust" was a wholly new thing)
- Used hairspray technique to chip away at layers and expose paint underneath (basecoat - seal, hairspray, rustcote - chip, hairspray, rustcote - chip, seal, hairspray, greencotes - chip, seal.
clean thinner and used it to weaken the visual impact of these streaks. This allowed for some subtle runs and differences in colour which well represent the effects of the weather on the armour. (Just look at your own car and you may well see streaks of dirt and rain marks across the finish - unless of course you just washed it. In which case just admire your handiwork instead!)
From here I reached to the AK Rust Streaks product and went about remphasizing the rust areas on my model and also adding some great additional rusting. I started out using this product mixes about 50% with thinner. I figured since this was something new I could always go back and add more if I felt like it but it would be much harder to take it away if I went overboard from the beginning. As I worked with this and gained more confidence, using it around bolts and on several of the Alclad metal areas I began to use some stronger concentrations. THis stuff is really neat. As with all of AK's enamel based products, If you make a mistake while working or need to add back subtlety you can go right back into your wet work with clear thinner and remove or reduce it. Really fun and freeing. I like the way the surface tension of it allows it to follow contours and also run if prompted to. I would actually go back again as my final weathering step to add just a little more rust in some spots. (sorry again about the cruddy pics at this stage!)
NEXT TIME : MORE NEW STUFF!
WILL I FINISH IN TIME FOR THE EVENT?!?
Dang! the models are looking so good James!
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