Basics. Weathering. Washes

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Re: Basics. Weathering. Washes

Post by hoth rebel » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:57 pm

Thanks again.
So if I use a spray can of gloss coat I can the use your #3 option listed above.
What would be a good brand of water color to use and how much of each of the 3 ingriedents should I use?
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Re: Basics. Weathering. Washes

Post by Lt. Z0mBe » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:15 pm

hoth rebel wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:57 pm
Thanks again.
So if I use a spray can of gloss coat I can the use your #3 option listed above.
What would be a good brand of water color to use and how much of each of the 3 ingriedents should I use?
Thanks.
No problem.

Yes, you can use option 3.) (or 2.)). But...BUT I will caution you again that, especially over white/light gray plastic or paint, that glosscoat lacquer will absolutely, positively yellow on you without even the faintest ray of sunlight hitting it.

I re-read your posts from earlier in this thread and saw you had no airbrush. Something to consider is Future being self-levelling and being able to be brushed on. :) Or, sell/forgo half the stash and buy a brush and compressor. :D Back in 1996 when I started taking things seriously with modelling, I took a whole year "off" from buying kits and then took that money and bought a Paasche VLS and compressor. It was leaps and bounds ahead of my little Testor's brush. After 11 years, I upgraded to a Badger 155 and then in 2011, I went all in for Iwatas. I'm waxing philosophical but the joy of doing it well far exceeds the subpar results I would have had otherwise without good tools. What's funny - and you'll go through it too - is how awesome I thought I was in 1996. Now I see those builds and can't figure out what I was thinking. :lol:

Seriously, though as for ratios of ingredients, I start with around 20-to-1 water-to-fludificant. Then add more drops of soap/Flow Aid as needed. For the soap, I like generic laundry detergent. A lot of dish detergent has lotion additives and oils and it screws things up. Again, use distilled water for the water portion. For the amount of watercolors, go with adding small amounts until you get a dirty water appearance like a mudpuddle. Make sense? As for brands, any of the artists' grade stuff would be fine I would imagine. I've only used the watercolor method a couple of times but I used Winsor and Newton watercolors and they worked great. They make them in little tubes (they're just pigment paste in water) and little dry cakes in palettes; they are usually sold with the inks are at the art store.

I hope this helps a bit.

Kenny

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Re: Basics. Weathering. Washes

Post by hoth rebel » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:46 pm

I hate to be a bother but can you list links to the flow aid and the water color?
Thanks.

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Re: Basics. Weathering. Washes

Post by Lt. Z0mBe » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:25 pm

hoth rebel wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:46 pm
I hate to be a bother but can you list links to the flow aid and the water color?
Thanks.
It's no bother. Happy to help a fellow Starship Modeler:

Liquitex Flow Aid Surfactant:
https://www.amazon.com/Liquitex-Profess ... B000KNPM46

Winsor & Newton Watercolors (again, not acrylics):
http://www.dickblick.com/products/winso ... half-pans/
http://www.dickblick.com/products/winso ... lor-tubes/

I hope this helps a bit.

Kenny

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