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FEATURE: Bringing out the Details
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 12:54 PM UTC
I will be posting an artilce by Mike Taylor (modelguy2) outlining ways to weather and detail your models. He enclosed some pics of his armor and aircraft work (as we know he's a great ship builder too). Check it out.

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If you'd like to leave feedback or discuss the article you can use this thread.

Cheers,
Jim
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 05:38 PM UTC
I use a wash tachnique that has very little chance of damaging the paint underneath.
I use a very cheap water paint : the kind used by children at school. I mix it with some
dish cleaning soap, and then thin it with water.
It is very easy to apply, clean, reapply... even on flat paint.
I also use that paint for the base color of ground and wall in dios. It's cheaper than the humbrol enamels
I use on models, easy to mix, works well on plaster...

penpen

PS : I'm not encouraging you to pinch your kid's paint !
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 07:48 PM UTC
Very compreensive article!
I wanna give a try on this method, as a matter of fact I don't make my models a wash...
Cheers
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 08:56 PM UTC
Ah, so that how you do it, eh? I guess I underestimated the importance of clear coats in washes. I tried one on my M60A2.... lets just say no one other than my parents will ever see that model again.
Now, if someone'll make an article about figure painting I'd have most of the basics covered!

YodaMan
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 09:21 PM UTC
Interesting Article I will have to try it out. Thanks


DAGGER: A weapon with a short pointed Blade "THE CUTTING EDGE"
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:03 PM UTC
O.K., you wanted to discuss the article right?

A very nice article modelguy2, aka, Mike Taylor. Written in an easy-going style that is quite
enjoyable. I am constantly having that battle though. Enamels vs. acrylics. I like the colour availablity in the enamels (humbrol for example). But I prefer the ease and speed of the acrylics ( when I finally get the time to sit down and model, I really have to take advantage of that time).
As to washes, I used pretty much the same technique as your article discribes, sans the Q-tip. I would have another brush that was immediately handy and 'dry wipe' off any extra residue with it.
I finally discovered (after much deliberation) oil washes. I have never really 'gone back'. The richness of the oil pigments only adds to the colour variation as a whole, and the 'working time' of the oils allows a degree of control that is just simply not present in either enamels or acrylics.
Your mention of using the washes to create shadowing, especially in illustrating the 'correct' way in which a shadow would fall (away from windows) is a small, but very important point. The eye will subconciously pick up little things like that that are wrong. Good call Mike.
A well written article, difinitely prize material.

Tread.



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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 10:48 PM UTC
That is a good article. Well done Mike. I wish that article was available about 3 or 4 months ago!
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2002 - 07:04 AM UTC
I updated this story with part 2 so that it would meet the contest's 1000 word requirement. Airbrushing is covered in part 2.

Jim
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2002 - 07:32 AM UTC
Very well written article Mike! A couple new ideas for me.
And all those models. :-)
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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2002 - 03:50 PM UTC
Mike, a well written, well spoken, and excellent instruction of
how to use these 2 techniques, that are a must do for creating
a realistic & accurate finish on any model.
These techniques are what makes the difference between a great model
or having one with a toy like appearance - like I said, they are a "must do".
Also great models ! They show your talent & skill & are proof
of what results one can achieve by your article.

I Agree - Definitely a prize winning article !
GREAT JOB MIKE !
- ralph
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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2002 - 03:56 PM UTC

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Now, if someone'll make an article about figure painting I'd have most of the basics covered!

YodaMan
Go Red Wings!!!



Yoda - Get over to my house, and I'll help you out first hand.
What do like painting with Enamels or acrylics ? - I have an excellent
article I can email you on painting faces with acrylics by Lynn Kessler.
But I myself like oils & enamels.
- ralph
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 10:38 AM UTC
Good article covering the basics.Myself I use oils for all my washes as wellas drybrushing. I should add that it's on top of acrylic base coat, mainly for their longer work time and richness of color. Would love to see a comprehencive article on 1/35 figure painting
Tony_Frey
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 02:29 PM UTC
Great article, looking forward to the next one.