Friday, April 29, 2011


So I've been playing around with different weathering effects on models recently and decided to post up my second attempt at a different style of weathering. There are so many different types of styles and methods and I can not say that any one is better than another. I guess you would use a particular style depending on what feel at the moment for the model and then stick with it for the entire army.

In an earlier post I had posted an article about painting yellow and using the Forgeworld pigments to create rust (or other weathering textures) using diluted pigment powder. I first blended the armor plates with highlights and shadows, then powdered up the edges were rust and grit would settle. Then I would wash over the model with water which would dilute the powder and let it run into the cracks.

Well, with my second attempt I decided to try something completely different. First off, I can not take credit for this method as I watched a tutorial on how to do it. And the person that presented the tutorial is none other than....Slayer Sword winner Todd Swanson. The tutorial went over the exact steps and methods that were used to achieve the dirty, battle torn, rusty armor plates that he used on 'Festus'. After watching his tutorial vid, I was so pumped up to give it a try. So I picked up the nearest model I had, which happened to be a Imperial Fist Dreadnought that was a WIP and threw some paint on it.

Though this is only my first take at it, I'm sure that I can dilute the paints a bit more and create a much better transition between the drips of rust. I was kind of anxious to see the outcome and painted a bit thicker than I wanted.

From about half-arms length away:

Close up of the armor with rust effect:

Thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment on what you think.... THX!!!


Black Matt said...

That looks great! Did you buy tutorial or is it on the interwebs somewhere?

Marcin Ciszewicz said...

You are referring to the Miniature Mentor release, I suppose? Worth every penny, that one, and the rest. I could literally feel my experience level rising while I've been watching their sculpting tutorials.

MiCho said...

@ Marcin- Yea the vid tutorials are very good. A really high level of detail is shown and explained very thoroughly. I've always been a decent painter, but like you said I could feel my experience level rising almost to a whole new level by just trying out the techniques.

Old School Terminator said...

The weathering look fantastic and you may have just sold me on the mini mentor stuff

Marcin Ciszewicz said...

@ Old School Terminator - at 70 dollars a subscription that allows you to download all tutorials you want at 0,01 dollar a pop, Miniature Mentor stuff is a great bargain. The "Secrets of the Brotherhood" series on sculpting is worth its weight in gold, metaphorically speaking, and it's in full HD to boot.