Today I'm gonna show you how I went about trying some weathering techniques for the first time. I "borrowed" the models from my cousin for this experiment so I wouldn't mess up my own. Haha, sucker. I'm gonna go through the pics and give my step by step for this method. At the end I'll go over a couple things I learned that worked really well and a couple things that didn't go so well.
First up are the tools needed for this technique. Above you can see the salt that I used for this. It is very irregular in size and shape, so perfect for this. Also it happened to be free as it was in the cupboard. It does only costs a few bucks for 3 lbs though. Below you can see that I used a Ruddy Brown primer from Wal-mart that costs 3 bucks. This would give me a rusty, dirty look after weathering. I also bought a 2 dollar can of hairspray, also from the walmart. I was also using this exercise as an excuse for practicing some more with the airbrush, but you could just use some spray colors to get your desired effect. You will also need an old toothbrush, some warm water and a toothpick is helpful.
First prime all models used with the Ruddy Brown Primer
Next spray a light coat of hairspray on the models and quickly sprinkle with salt before it dries
Don't spray to many parts at once, just one at a time, then salt, then move on
Top of Hammerhead after spraying and salting
Pic of bottom
Next I airbrushed a light basecoat and then a darker pattern camouflage. I need more airbrush practice, first time doing anything other than basecoating.
Here you can see the salt still under paint, be careful while painting not to knock this off
After scrubbing the salt off using toothbrush and warm water. You can also use the brush to weather the edges more if wanted.
Side view after weathering
Other side view
This even worked on a couple crisis suits
The other Crisis suit
Group Hug Photo
Okay, so that was easy. These four models only took me a couple hours from start to finish including waiting on everything to dry. Granted i haven't touched any of these with a paintbrush yet, but they are definitely tabletop quality and ready to go with 3 colors. Not perfect, but hey it's wear and tear after a long campaign. Now for what I learned through this process to do better the technique.
1. The undercoat can be any color you like, I just used the ruddy brown because it would show up well through light undercoat.
2. You only need a very light coat of hairspray. Don't overdo this step.
3. Make sure you let the hairspray dry for at least an hour depending on how much you applied. I got to excited on this step and had some paint cracking issues. I was able to cover these up with more coats, but I noticed on another model I did later that with a very light coat of hairspray and a longer dry time I had none of this.
4. Let the paint dry for at least an hour after you apply over hairspray. Again I got to excited here and in some places the paint came off too easily.
5. When brushing off the salt with toothbrush and warm water, DO NOT saturate the model over large areas. On a separate project I had used to much hairspray and to much water. This released most of the paint and I had to use a hair dryer to dry before it just flaked off.
6. It is also very easy to remove the salt with a toothpick. Just use the side and rub off. This is also a great tool for weathering edges. Just dip in water and rub the edges with side. Paint easily comes off and looks great.
Well, I hope this has inspired you to try some simple weathering. I would suggest you practice on some spare tank parts before going at a Landraider, etc. It is very easy to do and gives good results. The model I did after these worked out really well and I will be showing it off later. If you have any questions about the process or if I left something unclear let me know in the comments and I'll try to give you an answer. This was my first time doing this, but I feel like I learned a lot in the process that could help others not make the same mistakes I did.