View single post by Dallas_M
 Posted: Fri Jan 18th, 2013 03:05 am
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Joined: Tue Oct 30th, 2012
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Now let's try something really weird!  Whaddaya say we use RED to darken our greens ... and PINKS to lighten them. :shocked:

Well, yeah, it does sound weird ... but it works because red & green are chromatic opposites, so they tend to cancel, neutralize or "gray" each other when mixed ...

If you make up your own formula, be sure to take notes so you can go back and reproduce the colors for touch-up ... or to paint another boxcar! :)

Here's the formulas that I used, from darkest to lightest (Vallejo colors unless noted):

-- Darkest/shadow tone:  1x #347 Splinter Blotches (dark, reddish brown), 1/2 drop #343 Shadows Flesh (deep crimson), 5x #318 US Army tank crew.
-- Mid-shadow:  1/2 drop Shadows Flesh, 1x #330 Highlight Russian Tcker, 5x US Army tank crew
-- Mid-tone:  6x Highlights Russian Tckr
-- Mid-highlight:  5x Highlights Russian Tcker, 1x Reaper #9067 Rosy Shadow
-- Highlight:  4x Highlights Russian Tckr, 1x Rosy Shadow, 1x #70928 Light Flesh

Added just one drop of wet water to each and mixed 'em up.  Here you can see how those opposite colors blend ...

Even on an On30 boxcar, the spaces between ribs are a little snug to use sponge painting or other chipping techniques, so I decide to tap or dab the paint on ... and practiced that touch a bit on paper before moving to the car ...

Here it is with those colors tapped/dabbed on somewhat randomly and unevenly, going from darkest to lightest ...

Now that we've got some chipped, oxidized paint on the wood parts, let's see if we can make the metal parts look like metal or something! :)  

These colors were mixed 3x paint to 1x wet water and tapped onto the ribs and metal surfaces -- used them in this order:  Splinter Blotches, Oiled Leather, Chestnut Gold and then the Stormy Gray to tone that all down and blend it a bit ... you can go back-n-forth between colors, etc ...

Then it's back to those inks again ... Sepia ink diluted 1x ink to 3x water streaked across the surfaces of various boards in varying amounts.

Then mix a touch of the hideous Vallejo Green ink (really vivid!) with a touch of that nice golden Sepia ink to produce a pleasant mossy green ... add some water to that ...

... and streak that on various boards in varying amounts.  Be CAREFUL not to overdue it on the Vallejo green (favor the Sepia!) ... because that green is really vivid, and even here it's starting to jump out just a bit.

Now we'll blend those tones and put a little more olive drab onto the boards ... the Vallejo Glaze medium is great stuff for making TRANSPARENT layers of color ... that allows the "under painting" to show, but adds another color and helps blend/unify the underlying colors a bit ...

For this, I mixed 1 drop Army Tank Crew to 2 drops Glaze and a tiny touch of the black ink to darken it.  You can see that even the darkest brush stroke is translucent ... much like a water color effect (which is also great for adding SUBTLE rust streaks, hard water stains, etc with the appropriate colors!)

And here we are after only 109 million little steps!  I did mention that this wouldn't be a quickie, didn't I?  ???

Planning to have my car be a little more "serviceable" than that rotting prototype, so I think we're headed in the right direction here ...

Not only is this a good place to take another break ... that's all there is right now!  :P

More to come ... as time allows.  Thanks for looking in! :wave:

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