Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A 'Ice breaker' painting project for a novice modeler - Part 3

This is my first attempt at doing some pin-washing - using thinned acrylic paint drawn into all the nooks and crannies in the hull. It wasn't altogether successful and a bit messy and I will have to practise this a few more times before I really get the knack (I note that many people used thinned oil paint rather than acrylics). Still I reckon I can clean this up a bit at the next stage where I add some of the highlights at the edges of these shadow areas.

The tracks were done in an attempt to convey metal treads with rust and mud between them. Although this isn't authentic it is a technique that works well with Armourfasts one piece tracks. I didn't go wild with the rust. I got the metal looking finish in two different ways (just to try them out). On one track I got the metal sheen by dry-brushing silver over the black undercoat - with a couple of filter washes in between. The other track was done using graphite pencil dust which was applied then dusted off and then the tracks were polished. 

I prefer the flatter graphite technique as t is more uniform and looks like dull iron - the dry brushed technique looks more like scratched steel and was a bit too shinny in some places. 

But it's all practise!

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