For fun tonight, I decided to try a weathering technique that sounded like it had potential. The premise is to paint an item metallic, wash it and stipple it for rust, then apply liquid mask, paint a color over the whole thing and remove the mask. In theory, it would look like the paint had rubbed away to reveal the metal. This would hopefully give a more realistic look than the "paint wear over the color" method.
Plans sometimes go awry.
Here are each of the steps.
|We begin with a garden variety IoB rat ogre|
|paint the arm guard Reaper shadowed steel|
|highlight with Reaper honed steel and polished silver|
|wash with Gyphonne Sepia stipple with some VGC hot orange for rust. Not too over the top.|
|Here is where we start to get fancy with the mask, preserving the weathered metal areas.|
|Apply Vallejo liquid mask along wear areas, especially the outside edges and on spikes.|
Here is where things start to go wrong. That huge blob is the dried liquid mask that I had to extract from the bottle to get to usable liquid. Upon trying to apply it with a brush, I realized that I could not get it off the brush. I am so glad I didn't use my W&Ns7 to apply this junk. I still don't think I have all of it off my cheap brush, even with hot water and dish soap. Seriously, this stuff is brush poison.
|paint a horrible thick green over the whole thing. Okay, maybe "horrible thick" wasn't what I had in mind.|
|rub the crap out of the horrible green until you can see the primer color again.|
And the fact that it doesn't come off was the icing on the cake. I'm pretty sure my earlier attempt at this with a tank was much easier to do, so the age of the liquid mask must matter a lot. This time was torture to remove it. After colour shapers wouldn't work I finally resorted to a toothbrush and rubbing off way more than I needed to.
I can not stress enough how sticky everything was when doing this. I ended up throwing away the paper towels I was working on and my palette sheet just to ensure I didn't get any of that crap on my brushes. As interesting as the idea was to start, I think I'll just paint on wear.