Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Quick and Dirty Water Stain Weathering
I’ve been working on my Dreadclaw pretty steadily for the last week. It’s looking pretty good but I thought it still was a bit plain. It needed some weathering… not your standard weathering, either. This Dreadclaw needed to look like it’s been sitting on a wet jungle planet in a forgotten military base for 1000 years.
I’m fairly new to the whole weathering thing. I don’t remember if I saw this technique elsewhere on the interwebs or I made a mistake with my washing and thought “that would look like pretty good water stains, I should remember that.” Now I finally have a chance to apply the technique.
I decided to try it out early in the painting process in case it looked stupid… typically, weathering is done near the end of a build.
Below is the blank slate. Those rivets on the fins are a very thinly rolled cylinder of GS sliced into bits with my Xacto.
I made a simple mechanical guide to help me get near-perpendicular brush strokes. Basically, I clamped a carpenter’s square to my workbench top. This allows me to drag the brush along the edge of the square and achieve a pretty good right angle to the horizon.
Once the rivets are dry, place a second heavy coat of wash on top of the first. It’s best to use an old, crappy stiff bristle brush. I have a grip of acid brushes I got from a local lab supply shop. These things are great for dry brushing, too!
I brought the model up as close to the guide as I could and starting from the top…
…dragged my brush down quickly but evenly, leaving a trail of wash. Go over your model in this manner a few times (layering is key!) and you end up with something like this.
Not too shabby for such a simple technique, eh?