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Frost Effects - Re-posted on 2-23-18 with photos, this time from Flickr.

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Frost Effects - Re-posted on 2-23-18 with photos, this time from Flickr.
Posted by aWintersTale on Friday, December 23, 2016 10:53 AM

Frost develops in nature in its own unique way, differing from snow. It develops not by falling, but by moisture condensing on sub-freezing surfaces and often developing into something delicate and leafy. Tried to model this on a Toyota Forklift/Snow Plow, by Aoshima.

Shovel and other rusted parts were shot with rattle can Flat Brown. Then, with some salt applied, it was shot with Rust-Oleum Red Primer, shooting though a well worn Scotch brand scouring pad to add rusty mottling. Then, it was dusted with rattle can Flat Black, with a heavier layer near the back of the shovel. With the salt removed, I used AK Rust Streaks on a sponge, to lighten areas where the rust would be fresher. Then further, I dabbed pigment powder in even lighter rust shade on tiny dots of glue, on certain areas so as to draw the eye. After that, would be the dropping of the dirt and leaf, along with the tapping of a brush loaded slightly with pigment powder. After moving things around a little with a soft brush, to replicate the gathering of debris towards the back of the shovel, I sprayed Scenic Cement as a fixing agent. I wanted to replicate a vehicle that has been standing unused all summer with a neglected look, but not an abandoned look - hence the cue from the fence, which hints at some domestication nearby.

 IMG_20161222_135806 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

This diorama was meant to convey a growing cold during the shortening days of autumn, and to showcase the products of Precision Ice and Snow. I used their snow effects material, which is an extremely fine, super-realistic powder that drifts, settles, and accumuates as no other product can. Besides this exemplanary powder, I also used their liquid wash, which when combined together with the snow, can portray the delicate nature of frost, and make the frost distinctly different from snow. Please see Precision Ice and Snow's own YouTube clips. They are very atmospheric and moody.

  IMG_20161222_135742 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

 IMG_20161222_135423 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

 IMG_20161221_144718 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

 IMG_20161220_150837 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

Prior to dusting the landscape with Precision Ice and Snow for frost effect. Note Precision Ice and Snow's Liquid Wash on the forlift's canopy, and how it conveys condensation on cold metal, and maybe a swirling and accumualting element in the canopy recesses.

 IMG_20161208_151846 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

 IMG_20161122_191439 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

Oil, grease, rust, and chips combined on the vertical parts of the lift.

 IMG_20161119_191742 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

 IMG_20161112_194231 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

 IMG_20161123_155909 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

 1207161945_HDR by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

 IMG_20161212_143426 by bagbalm64u, on Flickr

Reposting pics associated with this model, as all photos previously under Photobucket were wiped out.


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Posted by Griffin25 on Friday, December 23, 2016 9:27 PM

That forklift looks super realistic. Chipping techniques are excellent! 



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Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 24, 2016 1:18 AM

Really nice effects there. I have some of the precision ice and snow stuff but not used it yet and still need to get the wash. I hope i can produce effects like this. Going to bookmark this one.

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Posted by templar1099 on Saturday, December 24, 2016 5:06 AM

I don't think you could have captured the effect any better. Really awesome work on a stand- out dio. 

"le plaisir delicieux et toujours nouveau d'une occupation inutile"

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, December 24, 2016 10:31 AM

Your work never disappoints. This is wonderful work, and it is nice of you to have shared how you achieved the frost effect (as well as the rust).

Can you tell me how you lit your dio for the various photos, it is quite good, IMO, even the in process ones.


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Posted by aWintersTale on Sunday, December 25, 2016 1:55 AM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the encouragement. I don't have too much confidence in my work, which is probably why I choose such off the wall models to build - not many like-models to compare it to! (If I try and do a serious tank build, I'd probably get laughed off of finescale).

Greg, I try and photograph with diffuse, natural lighting, which means in the evening hours, sometimes out in the open, and sometimes in the open garage. Overcast days are ideal. If I need a backdrop, I find a dark piece of cardboard (for this diorama, I used a discarded, dark colored gift box lid). The dark shadows on some of the photos is because I took the photos next to my car, where the car casts a deep shadow in the garage. And my photography equipment is just my old LG G3 smartphone camera.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight (its 11:53 P.M.).

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Posted by Revenant on Sunday, December 25, 2016 11:48 AM

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Posted by Revenant on Sunday, December 25, 2016 6:43 PM


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Posted by Greg on Sunday, December 25, 2016 8:18 PM

Thanks for the info on the light and equipment. One hell of a diffuser you got there, an open garage door on an overcast day. That's pretty clever, and I'd forgotten how effective indirect outside light can be.

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, December 25, 2016 8:43 PM

You nailed the frost, looks just like my yard and rigs when I went out this morning.

Super nice.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, December 26, 2016 9:30 AM

Fantastic work! 

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Posted by aWintersTale on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 11:50 AM

Griffin25, TwoOneFour, 1099, Greg, Bish, Rev, and Goldhammer, "thank youse."

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 2:29 PM

Amazing work! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


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Posted by aWintersTale on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 12:24 PM

Thanks Gamera. Added a little Vallejo White pigment powder to the shovel, to try and add additional frost elements.

Come to think of it, it may have looked better - being more subtle - before.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, January 16, 2017 2:57 PM


   I always like the work you do . Now that said .That's why I build a lot of tankers .If I go to a contest and enter , that's what it will be .Why ? After almost 14 years as a Captain for British Petroleum/Shell of the big guys , I know what tankers should look like and that even includes what type and what year .

    Big Guys ? well I don't think 1300 foot overall and 216 wide could be considered small . I did bigger as well , But I started on a Jumbo-ized W W 2 T-3 tanker. None were easy to parallel park ! T.B.

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Posted by aWintersTale on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 9:27 AM

Tanker - Builder, thanks. I always thought that your moniker was because you build military tanks. But Captain of an ocean-going commercial vessel? Thats why this modeling site is interesting; modelers come from all backgrounds, which include various (and intriguing) occupations. I'm pretty impressed; thanks for sharing T - B. 


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