[Non-DoD Source] Re: [RealSTMFC] Question about weathering
Gatwood, Elden J SAD
I agree with everything you all have said, and only add that I go slowly, and look at the results of each step before moving on.
The attached are examples of different processes, to get where I want them. Each one used a different process.
I think they look a bit garish close up, but that is not what I want the final product to achieve. I want them to look right in a train, or on a siding, on my layout.
My favorite techniques are: beginning washes, often with tube oils like brown/burnt umber/dark grey, to make rivets and junctures pop, then light dry-brushing of rivet heads and details, sometimes chalk or lighter or darker base color rubbing if the prototype looks like that, potential board by board coloring, and a final blending coat of lighter or darker base color by airbrush.
I have always found weathering to be intimidating, but so important. IMO, a “finished” model without weathering, looks like a toy, not a small version of the prototype.
There is a lot of disagreement on this subject. I have had more than one person say to me, “I can’t understand how you could ruin a perfectly good model like that!” It is obviously the eye of the beholder.
Finally, I use my grit-blaster to remove weathering if I hate the end result. It works really well, if you go slowly and evaluate the results as you go along.
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