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Wood someone help?
Posted by DiscoStu on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 4:15 PM

Hey all.  I need some help getting outside my comfort zone.  I am at the painting stage of my Tamiya BF-109.  It has the option to open the engine compartment, and I'm pretty pleased with how it came together and want to display it with everything open.  

I also have an old Verlinden resin display base that mimics a Luftwaffe repair facility.  I want to make the wood look worn and used-up.....Like my back deck right now that my wife wants me to fix - All gray and grimy.

Any tips on how to paint "old wood"?  I don't have a ton of experience in dioramas or armor, so wood has never come up.  I do have a whole host of paints, washes, pigments etc that I can use, I just need some direction on how to get there.  

I could also use a few tips on paiting the surrounding grassy area.


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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:22 PM

I'm no expert on dios but here's a couple of examples from figure models.  This the wood hear isn' very aged or dry - just a bit of drybrush of light grey over brown with a black wash.

Exposed wood tends to dry out and gray.  So a base of a light grey, with some lighter and darker dry brushing and a dark grey wash.

Here this broken tree was done in grey with a dark wash.  The exposed wood was done in a tan with a dark wash

This is one of the few dio's I did.  The base is resin PSP I got somewhere.  I added a resin stone wall with a bit of static grass about.




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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:29 PM

So your deck is a good resource.

I start with an overall warm gray like Dark Gull.


Paint individual boards here and there with careful masking using other shades of Gray.

If you use any browns stay neutral. MM used to sell a great color called Radome tan.

Tamiya made a nice one called Deck Tan.



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Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:30 AM

Great figures John. Would love to see more of your work. As for painting wood, I have nothing useful to add, other than stains. If the aircraft is being serviced there, stains from oil, etc would mark the wood a darker colour in places.

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:27 AM

You may get better results if you post a request for help in a specialty forum.  If the problem is unique to the genre, like airplanes, cars, figures, etc, go to the forum for that genre.  For help on tools, techiques, or painting, there are forums for those.

Many people assume everyone reads the general modeling forum, but this is not the case.

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Posted by DiscoStu on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:09 AM

Thanks all, good tips.  Sounds like better to start with gray and go from there rather than to start with "Brown" and try and make it gray.  I'll give it a shot.

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson



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Posted by Cafguy on Monday, November 8, 2021 8:42 AM

Your no expert my butt!!!!  That work is Incredible man gonna start working on my stuff using your example

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