Thursday, March 2, 2017

Damn, I love pigments

I've been working a bit more on the Sherman and the White Scout Car tonight. I've tweaked the mud effects ever so slightly, but overall I'm going to leave that as it is. Having gone through that unpleasant process, tonight I did one of the more fun processes - pigments!

These dusty little buggers are just the bee's knees. They are great. They elevate anything they touch.

For a long time I was a cheapskate (who, me?) and made my own pigments by buying artists' chalk pigment sticks from art supply shops and shaving off grains using a scalpel. I thought this was okay.

Foreground: artists' chalk pigments. Don't do it to yourself.
Back: the good stuff - model pigments.

Then I stumped up some cash and purchased my first actual model pigments, and it was a revelation. Such better adhesion! So much finer dust! Such uniform colour! I am a convert. Listen to Uncle Dave here kids: save money where you can with model supplies, I am totally on board with that, but don't scrimp when it comes to modelling pigments.

They. Are. Worth. It.

(I use AK Interactive pigments, but they're all pretty much of a muchness across brands.)

I added pigments for rainy dusty streaks down the sides of my armor tonight, and I'm very happy with the result.

Streaks! Dust! Damn, I love the smell of pigments in the evening!
(Actually I'm pretty sure they're bad to inhale, don't do that).

Lookit that dustiness!

Yes, I still need to add mud to the wheels.

By the way, I've been making a tutorial video while I've been resurrecting these two old models, and a new video release is just around the corner.

Until next time,



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