Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What I hope to accomplish this year

This year I would love to expand my modelling. I've already added cars to my usual mix of airplanes and armor. My one ship attempt so far has been a disaster, but I can't let that stop me. Maybe it's time to try a sailing ship again - last time was in...well, too long ago to remember! I have ventured into larger scale aircraft but need to find some way to safely display them before building too many more.

One thing I want to do for sure is improve my weathering techniques. In the old days I didn't care too much about weathering and built and painted my models factory new. As such my skills at such simple things as dry-brushing and applying washes are sadly undeveloped. Weathering - adding wear and tear, fading, combat damage, etc. - can take an okay model and turn it into a show-stopper. Or a complete and utter mess. I've been trying to apply some of the techniques on the few kits I've built since returning to the hobby. It's a slow process learning each technique and how best to apply it to each kit. This is something where one size most definitely does not fit all - each subject requires its own level of weathering. Some heavier, some lighter, different colors and techniques depending on the desired effect, even  what color the base paint is changes what needs to be done. All part of the learning process.