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Thoughts on model painting.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 by in Random/cool, Techniques, Updates |

I was in the process of priming some new details and realized this is a topic I haven’t said much about.  My preference is to use black under the majority of my models.  This allows the use of a couple of techniques that work out from the black, allowing it to become a shadow.  When painting to get the look of weathered wood I start with black and then drybrush several different shades of brown until I end with a very light grey.  I will show some pictures of the end result in an upcoming post on the remaining cars for the Backwoods Work Train from Sierra Scale Models.  I only have a few details left before I will post them up.

Occasionally I will undercoat with white, but usually only when the end color is very light.  A grey primer can also be used if you want a lighter effect.

Drybrushing is a technique that I use a lot; basically you dip just the tip of a fairly stiff brush into the paint, usually a lighter color than the main color below.  You then go to a surface (cardboard, paper towel, or typing paper) and brush out until almost no color is left and then use it on the model.  If you layer a couple of different shades of a color it gives a very cool effect that really gives a sense of depth.  I also usually drybrush a final layer using a light grey or an off white.  This layer needs to be very light, its only purpose is to provide a slight highlight on whatever detail is there and makes it pop.  This is a technique that is very easy, but takes a bit of practice to get it to look right.  It is very easy to do too much, so I would start with a cheap kit and be prepared to repaint it a couple of times until you master the technique.