Over the years I've slowly but surely amassed a collection of rust weathering primers, paints, washes and pigments for use in my yet-to-begin weathering projects. While predominantly a figure painter, I've always wanted to expand my skill set to include vehicle scale model kits be it science fiction or traditional military armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). While I've done so and will continue to do so with the former (as evidenced by my TIE Fighter projects) I've yet to properly begin my journey on the latter which will comprise mainly military AFVs. But I think it's about time I got started.
|Mr Hobby and Tamiya spray can primers come in oxide red, the colour of anti-rust paint|
|Brush-on primers with rust hues from AK Interactive (Tracks) and Vallejo (German Red Brown)|
Why now? For one, I believe I finally have enough tools and materials at hand to approach a rust weathering project from a variety of angles. This is a good thing as each method has a unique finish which mimics a small piece of our rusted reality. Methods differ in materials used e.g. salt, chemical fluids, paints, washes, pigments, etc. as well as tools used e.g. brushes, sponges, abrasives, etc. Regardless, most weathering projects would start with rust-coloured primers of either the spray can or brush-on variety (see above), followed by either chipping or masking techniques (see below).
|Commercial chipping fluids from Vallejo and AK Interactive which allow chipped paint effects|
|Masking fluids from Vallejo and Mr Hobby can be used to create chipped paint effects as well|
More controlled rust weathering can be achieved through paints and washes as well as specific environment effect materials (see below). This group of materials can generally be divided into either acrylic-based or oil-based products. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, oil-based paints can still be manipulated with solvents/thinners even after they have dried up while water-based acrylics are both safer and easier to use as they do not require organic solvents.
|An acrylic paint set (Vallejo Model Color & Model Air) for creating rust stains and streaks|
|More rust related products from Vallejo - Acrylic rust texture environment effect and washes|
|Enamel rust washes, streaks and deposit from AK Interactive|
|Mr Weathering Color rust-like hues: WC02 (Ground Brown), WC03 (Stain Brown) and WC08 (Rust Orange)|
|Windsor & Newton Winton Oil Colour - Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber, both look just right for rust effects|
Then there are the drier mediums such as pigments, pastels and abrasives. Pigments have the added flexibility to be used together with fixers/binders to recreate wet or dry mud. Meanwhile, abrasives are something of a last resort for me as I feel this method is both harsh and offers the least control.
|AK Interactive pigment fixer and rust-related powders i.e. Light Rust, Medium Rust and Track Rust|
|Vallejo Pigments 'Rust and Oil' set with pigment binder; they have since produced a better rust set|
|Tamiya Weathering Master - Rust (in Set B) and Orange Rust (in Set C)|
Even with what seems like overkill in rust effect products, what I have in my obsessively garnered collection is way short of what is actually available in the market. In fact, there are many pieces missing from my collection such as AK Interactive's Rust Primer as well as Medium and Dark Rust Deposits, other rust coloured Winton oil paints, most of Vallejo's rust pigments, and so on. Those will eventually join the collection when my perennially limited hobby budget permits. Moreover how these materials/tools are used will be made clearer in future posts, if you were wondering.
|Abrasives are the absolute last resort; shown here is the Mr Chipping Rubber Block from Mr Hobby|
Other than feeling like a squirrel who has just shown you his nuts stash, this blog post actually serves a more personal role. As silly as it may sound, I wrote this blog in part to vanquish the mental block that has build up against a weathering project from ever starting. Each new tool/material added to the collection seemed like a new brick in a wall of procrastination. There was always one more paint/wash/pigment I needed before I could start. The situation was becoming absurd. Bottom line is I've more than enough to embark on a few weathering projects. And it begins in the very next post!