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Title: weathering vehicles
Post by: tigercat on April 18, 2020, 12:59:26 am
Hi Everyone  , thought I'd up my weathering game for military vehicles . Anyone got any books they can recommend? or other resources ?

have discovered Marmite works as a chipping agent through a quick Google which seems the best thing for it frankly
Title: Re: weathering vehicles
Post by: zenrat on April 18, 2020, 02:20:13 am
Hi Everyone  , thought I'd up my weathering game for military vehicles . Anyone got any books they can recommend? or other resources ?

have discovered Marmite works as a chipping agent through a quick Google which seems the best thing for it frankly

Heretic!

Modelling magazines like to regularly print detailed breakdowns of how a build was weathered.  I read them and then forget most of it when it comes to actually weathering anything.  Sometimes they seem overly complicated.
Streaking small dots of coloured oil paints across your model seems to be fashionable this year.  And when they've sold as much equipment to do that as possible i'm sure they'll invent a "better" way that coincidentally involves buying a completely different set of tools/materials.

As most of your builds are 1/72 or 1/76 i'd suggest you forget about all the complicated chipping and streaking and concentrate on varying the paint colour slightly across the vehicle (pre or post shading) and dirty it up a bit with washes and dry brushing.


Title: Re: weathering vehicles
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 18, 2020, 02:27:49 am
There's a very good book covering building and weathering military vehicles (large scale, though) by Francois Verlinden. Many diorama example, and there's A-Z description about an M4 included that covers many basic things. It's from a time BEFORE the airbrush, pigtments and chipping hype - but that does not make it bad. In fact, you can achieve many effects just using brushes, and I personally prefer this school of thought, keeping things simple but effective.

I think it's this one: https://www.amazon.de/Building-Military-Dioramas-Francois-Verlinden/dp/193060744X/ref=sr_1_9?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=francois+verlinden&qid=1587201934&sr=8-9

I have a German version, though, so it might differ: https://www.amazon.de/Dioramen-Bau-mit-Fran%C3%A7ois-Verlinden-meisterhafte/dp/3870944390/ref=sr_1_8?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=francois+verlinden&qid=1587201994&sr=8-8
Title: Re: weathering vehicles
Post by: Mossie on April 18, 2020, 04:26:42 am
I've struggled with small scale weathering but stumbled on a technique for varying the surface colour accidentally.

I was trying the dot filter technique (Fred'd have me in the wicker man I'm sure) unsuccessfully.  I'd brush painted acrylics on an A7V and coated it in Klear. I'd applied oil paint dots and rubbed them off using a brush with white spirit.  I maybe overdid it as the paint started to wear slightly but  I was happy with the finish.
Title: Re: weathering vehicles
Post by: tigercat on April 18, 2020, 06:24:44 am
have some Humbrol  washes I will try first .