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GB. Tiger I. Part III. Weathering the B&W base

June 24 2012 at 10:42 AM
Jose Luis Lopes  (Login jl_models)
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Hello again, the adventure continues

Here, we´ll start weathering the Tiger even before painting the general base color. All these steps will help to achieve a rich in contrast modulated base for out kitty

Picture 7: Now, time for chipping. For many modellers, a real nightmare. Actually, it´s a really difficult step, not only making them in the right shape, but also locating them in the correct an reasonable places. And it´s also a tedious work and frustrating at times And many, many many times, a good painted kit is spoiled by a bad chipping work. And there´s no second chance with chippings, unfortunately.

And another important factor: How many kits we make in a year? As the average modeller makes 2-3 kits per year, our hands are not always trained to make chipping and scratches. So, when we´re making our chipping work, it was more than 4-5 months the last time we made them. So, we have no habit, no pulse and the first chips are awful?. Just when we have been for a pair of hours making chips they start to look nice, just in the moment the work is finished!!. And most times, there are too much chips, or are wrongly situated, or are poorly done. Time to cry. But with this technique, you have two chances, In the first, now, let your hand get warm, do the chips without fear, with confidence, dare to risk with some of them, and, most of all, once you finish this step, stop. Stop. Stop. Look at your kit, investigate it, localize the nice chips, think about the finished tank. And think about keeping the right ones, the places where some are missing, or the places where none is necessary and you´ve already paint several chips. All these are not real problems, as when we paint the base color we can hide or enhance them at our will.

But, most important once finished this step. Your hand is ready for painting the final chips and you now know where are they wrong and where are nice. You have a second chance later

I used Vallejo paints for this step, using pure white for some chips and a light grey for the chips located at the darker parts of the Tiger.

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Picture 8: General washes all over the tank. I used for this task Panel Line Accent Color from Tamiya, a great product that can be mixed with any of Tamiya´s enamel range and can be thinned with Tamiya´s thinner (blue cap). Previously, I added an generous and thick coat of Tamiya´s clear with my airbrush, a completely necessary base for washes and weathering with this tecnique.

Also an important step. Here, all the details will become to live, and, something else, a completely no removed wash over a plane surface is a kind of weathering after all!, By now, you ´ll probably locate very attractive parts of your kit, which now is far from looking a toy. In 1/48 scale, this step is especially relevant due to the lack of detail of these kits comparing them with their 1/35 counterparts

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Picture 9. Another view of the Tiger with washes.

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Picture 10. Time for weathering. Not a real weathering but a kind of weathering that will help you to create a surface full of contrasts and nice looking for the future base color. Like on chipping task, you have now the perfect choice to risk and dare with the effects in this step. Start thinking about the finished tank and start looking for attractive weathering and colour effects here and there. And do not do it under pressure, just enjoy playing with your brush. Improve your skills no matter if you fails!

For this task I used Vallejo Glossy Black, which suits perfectly to this task. The procedure is simply. Make a spot, a mark, a dirty surface with the paint slightlhy thinned with water. Do not worry, do it in a rude or exquisite way, but do it and experiment your self with the shape of the spots and rain marks or any kind of effect you want.

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Picture 11. Once the glossy black paint is dry (5-10 minutes or even less), with a cotton stick, start removing the paint like if you´re using an pencil, drawing the final shape of the weathering all around the kit. And, once again, you´re working without pressure because if the spots made in the previous step were horrible and without sense, you can erase then partial or completely at your will. You can be extreme painting several dirt spots, and then, calmly, always thinking about the finished tank, erase or modify them to the best way,

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Picture 12. The finished step. And, again, think about the actual result and the way you want to finish the tank. You have time to change, modify and improve anything you want. And, once again (apologizes if I´m repeating too much), work without pressure during these steps, preparing your hands for the following more demanding steps do you feel your hand warm and ready? Great!

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Next step, painting the base color!... at last!

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  1. You are killing me! :D - Alvaro Rodriguez on Jun 24, 2012, 10:57 AM
    1. Thanks Alvaro! - Jose Luis Lopez on Jun 25, 2012, 3:58 AM
  2. Incredible. - Juan Gabriel Sevilla on Jun 24, 2012, 12:33 PM
    1. Re: Incredible. - Jose Luis Lopez on Jun 25, 2012, 3:59 AM
  3. fantastic - charles kelley on Jun 24, 2012, 6:50 PM
    1. Re: fantastic - Jose Luis Lopez on Jun 25, 2012, 4:01 AM
  4. Love the approach - and the demo. Cheers, Ralph (n/t). - Ralph Riese on Jun 25, 2012, 2:12 AM
    1. Re: Love the approach - and the demo. Cheers, Ralph (n/t). - Jose Luis Lopez on Jun 25, 2012, 4:02 AM
  5. Master modeller at work here... - Luciano Rodriguez on Jun 25, 2012, 8:31 AM

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