In amour modelling every self-respecting semi-professional modeller has invented a style of painting or weathering. Naturally named after themselves. I don't pretend having invented anything. Perhaps I have merely gone insane after more than 4 weeks of working from home due to the corona situation. My method involves beer and loud rock music and if neither appeals to you in a combination with model trains, you better browse away.
|One ingredient in the Famous For Nothing-weathering style: real rust. I break up the flakes of rust into dust with the end of a scalpel handle.|
- 2 0.5 liter cans of Guinness
- 2 16 mm scale skips
- 4 acrylic rust tones
- 2 tubes of oil paint - burnt sienna and raw umber
- old 35 mm film can with turpentine
- 2 old brushes - not the smallest ones
- fine rust dust (preferably donated from a 1:1 skip)
- one wooden stirring stick
- Dropkick Murphys playing 'Famous for nothing' (preferably a live version) really loud.
Open and enjoy one can of Guinness while preparing work area, getting the ingredients ready and fitting earphones. Make sure everything is within easy reach and paints are opened and well stirred.
Open the second can of beer, select 'Famous for nothing' and turn the volume up high. If Dropkick Murphys isn't exactly your cup of tea, select any other music with a fast rythm. I have found that Flogging Molly with 'Drunken Lullabies' works almost as well. Beer and music enables you to work in a fast rythm with less controllable movements than normal for modelling and painting. Switching randomly from one pot of paint to the next and stipling the paint on in a fast pace matching the rythm of the music creates a random 'smearing' of paint. Once in a while scoop up a bit of powdered rust with the stirring stick and apply over the wet paint. Remember to enjoy the beer. Keep working, pushing the repeat button on the music as necessary, and just keep at it until the skips are completly covered in paint and grainy spots of rust. While the acrylic paint dries, clean the brush, sip some more beer and then apply a dotty pattern of variably turpentine thinned oil paint over the skips. Then put the skips aside to dry. It's not advisable to drive a car immediately after this painting proces.
I haven't any in-progress images as I found myself totally absorbed in the painting process. The below images are 'post production'. The fine thing about the process is that the colours and rust powder is applied in a very randomized way without much chance for thought or planning.
|Two skips ready for the next stage. At the time I had not decided if I would simply varnish these after weathering and add dust and traces of gravel or if I'd apply a patchy dark grey on top of a layer of chipping medium.|