used to think that weathering was for trains, or military models.
Even Aircraft builders used it somewhat on a limited basis.
today, it's a big deal. I think people are tired of doing perfect
paint jobs in the past. Making everything exact and just the way
a new vehicle might have looked. Fresh from the factory.
weathering has expanded into everything, including car and truck
models. Now a modeler can forget about the perfect shiny paint
job. Just weather it into a rusty junker, or make it look well
worn and more "real" to everyday life.
course, like any modelling technique, there will be folks who
take a new idea to the limits. But that's ok. There are numerous
books on how to weather vehicles, so anyone can try it. I find
it less stressful. And somewhat more fun to do. In many cases,
it looks more realistic on the finished model.
can make Apocalypse type vehicles, old barn finds, rusted out
hulks. Anything goes.
does take a bit of artistic ability, but it's much more forgiving
than getting that ultra shiny paint job on a model car.
to get down and dirty? Weather it!
make junk cars look like a burned out shell.
on a base to look like real dirt and dust.
A pencil like this is an easy way to show use on painted metal
You can run it along sharp corners, or make small patches where
paint has chipped off during normal wear and tear.
powders to make surface rust.
rusty truck models with character.