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small question about spec.weathering technique

October 14 2004 at 11:19 AM
Christophe Van Wonterghem  (no login)
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can somebody help me with this......
I would love to try a specifique technique for weatering where you pull down with a flat paintbrush
diff. dots of oil paints to give some live to your vehicle' paintjob.
now here's the question
do they have to be oil paints ( or can i use humbrol, tamiya enamel paints??)
what's the best thinner for this (again also when using enamels)

thx in advance for any help

PS i have a subscrition on "steelmaster" a frensh afv modelingbook
i that they speak of "de l'essence F" for this job......but what is it???

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Vinnie Branigan
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It's called.....

October 14 2004, 11:51 AM 

Applying filters. Best to have applied an acrylic satin or gloss coat first, this then will not react to you applying your filters.
Dab different dots of oil colour on your armour, but be very sparing with some colours such as white since they are VERY intense, and then using a clean brush with white spirit, stroke downwards until you achieve the effect you want. The individual dots of oil paint will have almost disappeared, but will have left a pleasing 'filter' behind. Try it!

Vinnie Branigan

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Vinnie Branigan
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Oop! I forgot....

October 14 2004, 11:53 AM 

to mention the Humbrol enamels! Er......don't.

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Ken Neil
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Filters, Filters, Filters ....

October 16 2004, 2:48 AM 

another "buzzword". Are you refering to an overall very thin wash? Where do these terms come from? I know I am going to get a lot of static about this but perhaps I'm missing something here.

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Vinnie Branigan
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October 16 2004, 6:11 AM 

Nope. I'm not talking about an overall wash of any sort. As for 'filters' being a buzzword, it's just another technique in the vast array of techniques that you may or may not wish to use in trying to aquire the finish you want on your model.
A real (used) vehicle does not have completely uniform finish. It could well consist of a variety of different hues, marks etc., over the base coat that was factory applied. Filtering is an attempt to mimic this.

Vinnie Branigan

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Johan Detruyer
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Your question

October 20 2004, 3:57 AM 


I use oil paints (Winsor&Newton, available in art or hobby shops, other brands will do as well).
You place little dots (experiment with the size of the dots) and then, with a flat brush with a thinner (for example white spirit, turpentine, Humbrol's thinner...) using downwards strokes (as explained in Steelmasters) wipe the dots away but not entirely.
I don't know what "Essence F" means in Flemish, any thinner will do.
Do not use Humbrol paints for this, you will just draw lines with it when using the brush with thinner.
You can also do it with pigments.
The best thing is just to experiment on a piece of scrap plastic sheet or on a scrap kit.
Kind regards, johan

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Vinnie Branigan
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October 20 2004, 9:43 AM 

Deja Vu.....

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Christophe Van Wonterghem
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thanks for the info

October 22 2004, 5:13 AM 

thx everbody for the information, I 'll try it

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