Excellent work with the rust effect. Did you use the hair-spray technique to achieve this?
Thanks! To do the paint chips, I sprayed a dark brown base, dabbed on liquid mask using a bit of scotchbrite (green scrubby) pad, then sprayed the blue. Next I rubbed off the liquid mask with and eraser and dabbed on some smaller chip spots with brown paint. The overall rusty tones are from oil washes and powdered pigments.
Absolutely gorgeous, love it!
Like these guys a lot.
What's the advantage of sponging on mask, painting, and removing mask, as compared to just sponging on brown at the end?I'm new to this weathering game and keen to learn. Do you end up with the brown being visibly set in compared to the surrounding blue, as you would in real life?Thanks,Noodles
You got it, the brown ends up looking like it is really underneath the blue rather than on top of it. You wouldn't think your eye could detect the thickness of the paint but you can. I cheat and go back and stipple on some more small chips with brown paint but having the big chips be underneath the blue really helps it read. It also seems to make the paint crack in ways that make it look natural.
Note, this only works if you spray on a nice thin top coat with an airbrush. Too much paint and you will never get the mask to rub off. I can be stubborn even with an airbrush. Also look up the "salt chipping method" for a different approach.
So do you selectively applying the mask where you ultimately want it to chip? Seems like if you had an initial base coat of brown, then applied a blue base coat and a highlight coat after that, you'd potentially be in that "too much paint" range. Thanks for being willing to chat about how you're painting these guys.
Should have read "So do you selectively apply"
Hi Brian,First basecoat with brown. Next I dab the liquid mask on with small piece of green Scotchbrite "scubby" pad. you can also use a ribbed bit of foam rubber. Next, spray topcoat. Yes, it is very easy to get too much paint on so that the mask doesn't want to come back off. I generally can only get bigger pieces of the mask to come back off so I do the big chips with masking medium and then come back and stipple on the smaller chips with brown paint after I do the topcoat. For infantry models, i don't mess with the liquid mask, I just stipple on the chips.
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Thanks again Marc
Thanks for the help from me too. Cheers.