Solution Book # 13
"How To Use Shaders"
Author: Jose Luis Lopez
Publisher: AMMO by Mig Jimenez
Theme: Uses and Techniques
Collection: SOLUTION BOOK
8.5 x 11-inch softcover portrait layout, 64 pages with high quality glossy color photos
Written in English, Spanish, French and German
Adding to their already extensive line of paints, washes, pigments, and other accessories, Ammo by Mig Jimenez brought to market in 2020 a line of Shaders. The Shaders are packaged in 10ml dropper bottles in 20 different colors and are formulated in an acrylic water base. With numerous books and magazines published by the company, this newest magazine instructs the modeler how to use the Shaders as well as other weathering techniques.
The magazine not only pertains to the use of Shaders, but the author shows in a step-by-step process the painting and weathering using Tamiya's T-55 in a generic desert scheme. From priming to adding base coats, use of Shaders as well as many other techniques are included. The first twelve pages include a short introduction and, description and use of products used by the author to weather Tamiya's T-55. My initial impression while glancing through the magazine was the publisher has included numerous pages of product advertising, especially the first twelve pages. But, upon further review, I concluded the author's explanation of each product gave me a better understanding and how they are to be used. Whether Ammo products are used or not, this information would be helpful to any modeler. I myself primarily use Ammo by Mig products. Having seen the ads last year for the Shaders, I purchased four different colors to use while writing this review.
The magazine is divided into a short introduction and fourteen steps.
Step 1 Priming
Step 2 Base Coat
Step 3 Chipped camouflage
Step 4 Shaders
Step 5 Tracks
Step 6 Washes
Step 7 Detail Painting
Step 8 Detail Highlighting
Step 9 Additional Colors
Step 10 Irregular Staining
Step 11 Streaking
Step 12 Oil and Fuel Stains
Step 13 Dusting
Step 14 Soot
The author does not include an enormous amount of text in Steps 1-14, but he includes icons which represent what the modeler is to do. Preceding the steps, located on page 15, is a one-page sheet of icon images and a short description of each. The icons are similar to the ones included in model kit directions with the exception of various others such as air pressure, drying times, distance to model when airbrushing among others. There are twenty-one icons present. I found this to be an interesting way of teaching since so many of us are already familiar with the use of icons.
Page 7 is an example of the first twelve pages for the products used and a short description of each.
On page 15 we see the icons and their descriptions the author conveniently provides.
Page 18 shows the completed T-55 painted in a sand-colored camouflage pattern used in the Middle East.
The author used as his model Tamiya's 1/48 scale T-55.
On page 27 we see the first use of the Shaders in Step 4. Notice the 4 icons represent using an airbrush,
what air pressure to use, the distance of application from the model, and to apply semi-transparent layers.
Moving on to page 37 in Step 5 we see the use of the Ash Black Shader.
An additional icon is present stating the mixing ratios of paint to thinner or water.
Again, on page 44 with Step 7 we see the use of the icons to instruct the models detail painting.
Finally, on pages 62 and 63 is a full two-page photo spread illustrating the completed T-55 with the respective products used to Shade and weather the model.
In the beginning of this article, I mentioned that I had purchased a few containers of Ammo's Shaders to use on a model I was working on and to use this magazine as a guide for their application. By following the steps outlined, the result had a pleasing appearance. Not only did the magazine guide me through the use of the Shaders, but it provided me with other weathering processes to follow.
Although there is very little text describing the procedures and steps, the interesting use of icons is extremely helpful in understanding the process. The icons present an enormous amount of information for the modeler. The text present is concise and easy to follow. Another fine magazine published by Ammo by Mig Jimenez.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to Ammo by Mig Jimenez for this review magazine.
Reviewed by Phillip Cavender # 3060
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