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Spray on Weathering




Submitted By:

Kurt Ploszczyniec


Not a particularly new idea, but here tis. When painting something, say like the Starblazers Yamato, or any Starwars/Trek Capital ships, firstly paint the base colour, mask up various panels and other areas. Apply another lighter colour, then mask certain detail areas, panels,etc. Spray again with an even lighter colour, repeat mask process. You can repeat it as many times as you want. This will leave you with a very larey looking panelled look, with very defined lines etc. This looks really crappy, but, the kicker is the final coat. After removing all of the masks, mix a thin mix of the lightest colour (light greay, white, light blue whatever), and spray the model with light coats, say 4-5 times, to taste. Use water to thin the mixture in that the water leaves all kinds of uneven marks on the hull indicating wear and weathering.It also seaps into all the little nooks and crannies. Try the thin coat with varying hues for a dirtier look. Like I said, nothing new, but it is cheap and quick for a capital ship, or for ground vehicles etc, and even better for background stuff in a diorama.

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