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  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 10:23 AM
hi everybody,

i`m a beginner who wants to make his models look a bit
more realistic now (previous models just airbrushed with basic colour and some drybrushing).

i want to make the colour look like a bit more used (weathered)
(the dark yellow of my tiger I E looks like out of the factory now)
do i do this by applying a wash? if so do i apply the wash on the whole surface of the tank also, or just around details? what about pastel chalks?

thanxx and happy modeling everybody
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:42 PM
Mask off a few areas and add a drop of white to your base colour, spray this in the masked area.When I apply a wash i usually use the spot wash method - this is putting the wash in specific areas rather than covering the whole model.Pastels are a good way to simulate dust on tracks and wheels but if you try to spray a clear coat on afterwards you sometimes lose the effect... Anyone know how to overcome this?
Keep trying and you will find a method that suits you.
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by jcarlberg on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 4:35 PM
I think I saw in a recent FSM that one modeler had had good results using a small amount of acetone to make the chalk pastel powder adhere to the model surface without making the effect disappear. The acetone apparently softens the paint surface just enough for the purpose without damaging it.
  • Member since
    January 2003
Posted by shermanfreak on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 9:08 PM
One method that I have used quite succesfully for making armour kits look weathered is too apply pencil lead to the finished product. This gives the model a weather worn look.
Here's the steps I use: (highly scientific)
1. using sand paper grind down a small amount of pencil lead.
2. place lead into a container (plastic works best)
3. (now comes the scientific part) stick your finger in the lead. Not too much lead!!!
4. rub back and forth on the surface of the model until you reach the desired texture.
5. to top off the I use ground pastels chalks to complete the effect I want.

It takes a bit of practice to get it right....I use old kits to practice on

H.M. & G.B.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 6, 2003 2:54 PM
All of the above ways work well. I have a different approach. If you don't want to use a wash, use pastels and good old fashion ladies makeup. Buy an eyeliner pencil (one with the ruber tip at the end) and some brown or which ever color desired face powder with an applicator.

1. For streaks of "dirty rust" put a samll light streak of black, not alot otherwise it will be to dark
2. Lightly put some face powder on the black spot
3. Rub with rubber end

This is good for streaks of rust, exhuast stains, or even just grit and grime, hope this helps
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by jcarlberg on Friday, February 7, 2003 9:50 AM
If you are a male and want a laugh, tell the clerk that you will be using the makeup.

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