There was a discussion recently on the 7/8ths and larger Facebook group regarding weathering, and the name Night Shift came up.
Night Shift is Martin Kovac, who has a whole series of videos on You Tube, and they have been a real revelation, I would urge you to check them out, and not to be put off by the choice of military subjects.
I have been building and painting models for more than 50 years (I started young!) and some of the techniques and materials used were new to me, I have found these to really lift my game, and that was both invigorating and inspirational, and unexpected.
I have had a flurry of buying new product and could not wait to give them a try. I will walk you through some of these products and techniques using a recently re-released ModelEarth Penrhyn runner wagon as an example.
I will not offer a step by step, this aspect is very well covered in Martins videos, but I can show how various techniques are of benefit for larger scale railways.
I wanted to create a battered and unloved example, with rusted ironwork, and sun bleached (!) woodwork, whilst still being a working wagon with a good selection of tools and equipment to fulfil its purpose.
Some of new paints, and potions I have acquired
Lifecolor acrylics. very matt and highly pigmented, allowing them to be heavily diluted to create rust effects
Enamel washes by Mig and AK semi transparent and blendable.
P3 Dry pigments, these can be applied with either finger or a silicone sculpting tool, and polished if required.
The painted and assembled runner wagon.
I airbrushed the basic wood tones, they were then oilwashed with a mix of burnt sienna and ivory black, followed by drybrushing, finishing with painted highlights, using Lifecolor dust type 1 as top highlight, thinned right out
Mid grey was the base colour for metalwork, this was stippled with thinned Lifecolor rust shades from light to dark, followed by enamel rust washes, first dark and then light. To finish lightly applied gunmetal pigment.
Usual techniques on oilcans, multiple dark wash applications for oil stains, pigment for worn metal.
The hammer was blackened with AK burnishing fluid for whitemetal, our Blue Jollop is O.K. on whitemetal, but this is much better giving a rich deep grey colour ideal for working over. The head was lightly polished with a scouring pad, the handle was primed in white, before adding the wood shades, and then finished with oilwashes.
The various couplers, chains etc were blackened and then primed with grey. The rust is again Lifecolor acrylics thinned out and randomly stippled start with the lightest yellow ochre shade and adding progressively darker. , Enamel washes, and finally metal pigments.
The finished images.
In conclusion, I have always been a bit sniffy about all of these “made up potions” but in truth they work really well, better than the home brewed alternatives I have used for years, definitely worth the money, and I can’t wait to experiment further, I will be glad when some of the current commission jobs finally get to the paint stage.