The Weathering Magazine, Issue 21: FADED
Mig Jimenez's latest issue of the Weathering Magazine is on fading paint. The Weathering Magazine is unique in that each issue is devoted to a single effect, such as dust or rust, and each issue typically has several articles with different techniques to achieve that effect. Each article is a detailed step-by-step "how to" instruction on the techique and occasionally on the materials used.
The Faded issue has a number of articles but I thought I would concentrate on one in this review just to show how detailed the step-by-step process is. In this example it is the cover model, a Case tractor produced by Thunder Models and painted by Robert Deak. Looking at the cover photo I could smell the hay on my grandfather's farm. It is also interesting for armor modelers because the colors used - blue and orange - are not typically found on tanks.
This article shows the basic assembly, but, true to the purpose of the article, moves quickly to painting. After a primer coat and black-and-white preshading, the author lays down the basic colors as below. Note the base coat is glossy, or at minimum, satin, in preparation for following treatments.
Next is a heavy wash of a dark color. There is also some chipping and rust.
Finally the fading effects, which on this model are a combination of two techniques. First, the author uses the airbrush to spray a lightened version of the base color, creating a strong but feathered lighter area on large components. Then, very light colored oils are used to add more vivd light areas. This can be repeated a number of times.
A last step is the normal addition of dirt and dust to create this very convincing model.
Next up, Andy Taylor does a rusty, faded South Lebanon Army T-55 from the 1980s. The SLA used a grey/blue color on their vehicles and this makes for striking models, although honestly I felt this model was far less convincing than the others in this issue. It's an unusual weak point for this magazine.
Not to be outdone by all the tractors, tanks and airplanes, Daniel Moscatelli beats the heck out of a US Gato-class sub in 1/144 scale. I think it is difficult to convincingly weather subjects in such small scales but he pulls it off. He does it with subtle work with airbrush fading, white washes to create a 'salty' weather effect, oils, and wet-looking slimy grime streaks. These are all techniques we've seen before but applied with a skill and fine touch that works in 1/144 scale. Very impressive work.
To prove these techniques are universal we are treated to a Star-Wars-themed model by Roberto Aguilera. Here the fading is primarly accomplished with extensive airbrush work and some chipping - no use of oils. This, again, is consistent with the magazine's concept of showing different methods to achieve a single result.
Hong Sung Cheol must have seen some of the first few cars I owned and used them as research material for his Renault 4L, with its mismatched door and faded, banged-up, beaten down appearance. All the fading here is airbrush work, with a little dark wash to emphasize it. The dirt effects are the usual enamels.
Maxi Fernandez brings us an unusual M1A1 Abrams. If something looks different to you....it's the Australian Army camouflage. This is a really interesting model I could look at all day. The fading here is done entirely with oil dot blending in several layers.
Interestingly, Fernandez uses the chipping technique to apply dust. First he lays down the chipping fluid or hairspray, then a heavy coat of airbrush dust color, then he strips much of it off leaving the dust colors in harder-to-reach spots. It's very convincing.
Even though this issue is about paint fading,I thought this was some of the most convincing scratched-paint work I've seen.
Graziano Ghetti brings us a deeply faded oil tank car. His fading is done with the airbrush, enamel washes, and a lot of brush work with oils. Again, another way to skin the same cat.
This issue finishes up with shorter articles showing an ME-109 and an E-100 faded out.
This is another great issue of The Weathering Magazine. Because of the way they are organized, they make terrific references.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders. Must Have if you want to improve your weathering.
Thanks goes out to AMMO by Mig for this review sample.
Reviewed by Danny Egan
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