Re: Question about weathering
Additional commentary interspersed ;)
As a rule of thumb, everything goes towards a mid-tone. Brianna, my daughter, and I gave a clinic at an SER NMRA annual convention when she was the tender age of 5. She had many things to contribute, but perhaps the most seminal was “If it is light, make it darker, and if it is dark, make it lighter”. BTW, the old theater adage “don’t work with children and animals” is entirely true. Brianna stole the show.
And no pressure, but if a 5-year old can weather cars, so can you ;)
Except passenger cars and head end cars, which may have a more all-over weathering pattern, with some horizontal aspects. Locomotives also have patterns that both relate to gravity and movement.
Vary this color to vary your weathering. Alternative are Harbor Mist Grey, Railroad tie brown,
In real life, some equipment can retain a shine, whilst being weathered. However, I have never found that gloss looks anything but “toy-like” on a model, even if the prototype was shiny.
And remember that there are infinite shades of rust.
P.S. There are many different 'methods' - I prefer acrylic washes.
I try to use different methods to mix things up to avoid the everything looks the same problem, but also to build skills with different media.
Bruce F. Smith
"Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield."