AMMO by Mig Jimenez- Shaders
Shaders are a new solution offered from AMMO by Mig and can be used to create various effects on your models quickly and easily. They are a new type of transparent, ultra-thin paint that allow for effects including blending color transitions, adding highlights and shadows, additional colors, filters, paneling, staining and streaking effects, dirt and patinas, and much more. At present they are offered in individual 10mL dropper bottles and come in twenty different shades. They do not need to be diluted and are non-toxic, and can be easily cleaned up with water. You can also easily touch up or correct any mistakes by just applying water to the areas...but it is important to do so before they dry as it is much more difficult to do so at that point.
The available shades can easily be used in any model genre, from science fiction and fantasy, military vehicles, aircraft, wargaming, and figures. I have used them successfully in a few different projects as you will soon see. The consistency of these reminds me quite a bit of inks I have seen used, and a few drops in the airbrush go a long way-- I sprayed these at about 10-12 psi with no problems. It is actually quite difficult to see them getting applied as you spray, but if you mask an area off and spray, the effect becomes evident quickly. Recently, Mig Jimenez has put up some great bilingual online tutorials on You Tube which gives a great overview of how to use them. Shades include:
- Light Rust
- Starship Filth
- Light Grey
- Navy Grey
- Ash Black
- Sky Blue
- Marine Blue
- Night Blue
- Light Green
- Light Olive Drab
- Military Green
- Dark Green
- Candy Red
- Light Clay
I used the Dirt and Grime shades on my Krupps Morser
Military Green and Light Olive Drab were used on my FWD Type B WWI truck
Marine Blue was used on this Trumpeter SBD Dauntless
I tried including a few different samples of models here to see the effects of different shaders. I did try using the green to add some patina to a bronze base for a figure bust, but the effects were a bit too subtle there. Perhaps with more experience in using them, one would not have that issue. The ease of use and cleanup get my vote for these-- and while I am sure one can easily reproduce these effects by mixing their own washes and filters, AMMO makes it easy and relatively inexpensive to do so with these. They may not be for everyone, but I strongly feel they are another excellent tool for the modeler's toolbox and easy to use whether you're just starting or have been doing this sort of thing for years.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to AMMO by Mig Jimenez for these review samples.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves, AMPS Albany
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