October 20, 2008 | Comments Off on Weathering: First attempt

I tried to weather a box car for the first time this weekend. I am not very impressed with the results but it does look dirty. I followed the steps in Dave Fray’s Easy Weathering Techniques DVD.

I first dabbed alcohol wash (icopropyl alcohol and india ink) on the model. The black wash gets in all the nooks and crannies to bring out the detail. I was not happy with the black stain on the white Green Giant sign.

I then dry brushed, Antique White acrylic color over the rivets, handrails to simulate color fading.

Before: Move your mouse over the image for the before image.

Before: Move your mouse over the image for the before image.

Before: Move your mouse over the image for the before image.

There is another weathering technique that involves brushing chalk powder. I did not do this at this time. Since this was my first attempt, i wanted to see how the wash and dry brushing came out.

I am no expert on weathering but the best way to learn is just do it. Pick your “not-favourite” model and try the various techniques on it. There is no right way to simulate rust and dirt. Do what’s comfortable. However, the important tip is that always use up-down brush strokes to simulate gravity working on rust and dirt.

For more tips and inspiration, head over to the weather’s forum. There are tons on info in it.

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