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 Posted: Sun Jun 19th, 2011 10:30 pm
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Hello folks, well aside from the intro post, here is my first post on FR - hopefully the photo will show up correctly. I tend to host my own photos on Photobucket these days (standardised to 800 x 600), and link to them as necessary, so hopefully this will work on here too!

Just a simple 'before' and 'after' pair of photos:

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The weathering was one of my first attempts with an air-brush, having obtained a cheap compressor to power the thing. The paint was acrylic from my local Games Workshop outlet, which has a very wide range of colours - albeit with some pretty  weird names, e.g. snakebite leather (which is what I used here).

Hopefully these pics aren't too big in size for folks to see OK? They are pretty small in terms of file-size.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 19th, 2011 10:38 pm
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Looks good.  :thumb: Thanks for sharing.



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I love it! We need more photos now that you have "got it down"...

"Another fine mess you got us into!"-Oliver Hardy

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 Posted: Sun Jun 19th, 2011 11:17 pm
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OK, here's another attempt at weathering - this time, an RhB 2/2 Traktor:




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 Posted: Sun Jun 19th, 2011 11:51 pm
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Looks good. Keep posting pics of your equipment and if possible the line itself.

One thing about the American large scale scene is that most adherents run BIG & LONGGGG trains... something that I have zero interest in. Lately I'm looking at the work done by folks over on the other side of the pond since railways tend to use shorter engines and freight cars and blend into the outdoor setting. I'm always on the search for how to incorporate that philosophy into my "American" style.



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I liked the clean and shiny railbus much better. Something that a company would be proud of to put on line for the commuter to ride.
The weathering reminds me of an abandoned vehicle that is no longer in use.



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Sorry Clive, but I have to agree with Dave on the railbus--it's a bit overdone for what the vehicle is, unless you where portraying a desert setting

The little shunter however, is spot on!

800X600 is the perfect size for posting here.

How about doing a series of photos on how you modify figures?


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Clive-while I love nasty...here's something you might think about. For weathering, get rid of the airbrush and try some Bragdon weathering chalks. It is nearly impossible to overdo the effect and if you don't like the way it looks...wash it off! The chalk will stay on the model nicely unless you like to handle and mess with the model, then it may need some Dullcote, etc. to keep it on. I don't use an airbrush for weathering any more, I do custom painting and the clients prefer the effects of the chalk more than airbrushed weathering. This is only my opinion and again, if you ask 50 modelers about this, you will get 62 answers.

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It reminds me of the vehicles in Iraq right after a dust storm. So it's perfect if you're in the desert!



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Hello again folks - thanks for comments, sorry I've not been back so soon after, work did rather get in the way

I guess that dust, like beauty, is very much in the eye of the beholder - what works for one won't necessarily work for someone else.How much is too much?

My own personal view is, it's my impression of how a vehicle would look if it were a little overdue for a trip to the wash-down facility, but not exactly derelict. It was one of the first things of any value that I dared to weather - up to that point all my weathering had been done purely on freight stock. I guess like many, I model to my own experiences and view - it's why the hobby is home to such diverse interests covering different eras, different continents, different loads (passenger, logging etc) - and long may it be so.

There was a time, certainly in British Railway history when locos were their crews' pride and joy - and they would most certainly given their cleaners a hard time had it not been kept in tip-top condition. If you've ever had the misfortune to travel regularly on the remains of our rail network these days, you'll count yourself lucky that your train shows up at all, never mind on time - turning up in absolute pristine condition would for most be a dream too far! In modelling terms, presenting an 'ex-works' perfect item of stock would be achieved simply by shaking the contents of a box onto the tracks, and taking a photo of that. Nothing wrong with that, of course; whatever floats your boat. Time was when I would have happily done so, but I guess like many, with time my interests in this hobby have altered slightly.

In all honesty I don't think there is any right or wrong 'colour' for grime or dirt - by its nature it will be comprised of all manner of things, both natural and man-made. It follows that there will be variations in shade and colour depending on a whole host of factors - including geographical location, of course. This is true even in different parts of Britain.

I have tried chalks for weathering, but I just didn't get on with them - invariably I ended up weathering myself more than the model. That's not to say I will never return to trying them, though - if I ever see any for sale where I happen to be, then chances are I will get some.

Sorry for the somewhat verbose and jumbled response, it's been a difficult week and in particular a long day!



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