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Posted on Apr 16, 2010 by in Läsvärt | 2 comments

Hello Everyone!

I have realised that weathering nowdays is not all about realism and making stuff dirty and rusty, it has evolved almost into an art in itself with all the new techniques that are available to us  today.

I have no intention to make this into a turorial of any kind, I see it more as an inspirational piece from which you  can do your own experiments and magic. I will however explain a little about the techniques that I have used to create this, hmm, artwork?


First of all it might be in place to show the size of the thing before we go any further. I have adapted the techniques to suit the scale that I normally work in which is 1/72 but everything that I have done here works in any scale.


The picture below shows three of the teqchniques that I have been using.


A: Here I have used regular white glue which I brushed on and quickly after it was applied I stippled different shades of rust pigments into the wet glue. This gives a very good structural effect and works very well for mud aswell.

B: Artist oils can be used for many things like making fading effects, watermarks and streaks of all sorts. It can also be used to make a bit more 3D effects like the rust seen here. First I made some streaks with a carefully placed small blob of artist oil (Burnt Umber) which a faded downwards with a flat soft brush. After the faded streak was done I placed some irregular new blobs with the same color just where the streak start. Since the artist oil is so thick it will keep it’s shape once dry making this 3D texture.

C: This is perhaps the most complex effect of them all. The hairspray technique is a way of creating chipped and damaged paint and the technique which has been around for a few years have been used to great success among some of the very top modellers in the world. It’s quite simple to work with, all you need is a can of the cheapest hairspray from the supermarket, a few stiff old brushes, a sowing needle and other instruments to scrape and damage the paint with.

Step one is to lay down the first base color which I let dry for a while. It’s perhaps worth to mention that I have used Vallejo Air for this effect so the dryingtimes are quite short. Once the basecoat is dry I spray a good coat of hairspray over the basecolor. I find it easier to use the airbrush while spraying the hairspray so I normally spray from the hairspray can into a small jar or bottle so I can pour the liquid into my airbrush. Once the hairspray dries (which is quite fast) I spray on the second coat of paint on top of the hairspray layer. Once dry I take one of the stiff old brushes and dip it into some regular tap water and start to carefully scrub away at the top layer of paint. Once the water gets in between the top layer and the hairspray layer it dissolves the hairspray and you can with ease do chips and scrape marks and anything else by using different sharp tools or soft brushes.

I recommend that you try this technique on an old model or a piece of sheet plastic first just so you get the hang of how it works. The effect is very much dependant on many factors like how even the hairspray is applied, how thick the top layer of the paint is and to some extent how much time you have between applying the different layers. I’m not sure there is a 100% perfect recepie for the timing and thickness of the different layers so the trial and error method should be applied here with care…




Now all I can say beside Thanks for Watching is that you go and try these techniques for yourself and see if any of them suits your needs and style of weathering…

Oh, just a little update with some more detailed pictures of the techniques… I was in a bit of a rush when I did this piece so I there was not much thought behind the chips and choice of colors but I hope you get the general idea…










  1. Trevligt med artikel om olika tekniker. Får nog prova det på mina kommande projekt.

  2. Alltid kul att prova 😉


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