|Dust Tactics Allied Modeling Masterclass - Session 3
Master modeler José Brito weathers and finishes his Allied walkers
|Dust Tactics | Published 25 May 2011|
Welcome back to our series of Jóse Brito’s Dust Tactics Allied modeling masterclass sessions! In his last article he placed decals on his walkers, camouflaged them, and continued to customize them through painting on specific details. Today, in our final installment, Jóse will weather and finish his walkers, then texturize their bases.
Step 1 - weathering
When you have completely finished customizing your Allied walkers with camouflage and they have dried, it is time to begin the weathering and finishing process. We are getting very close to introducing your unique and customized walkers to the battlefield!
In order to continue to provide a realistic look to my walkers I began by adding aged details through white streaks. I wanted to add these details to make my walkers appear as if they had a history; they have participated in warfare and been exposed to many different elements. What is the history of your walker?
To do this, apply several extremely thin coats of Vallejo brand Model Color 951 White with a brush. It is very important that you do not cover your entire walker with this look otherwise it will dull the overall camouflage and your walker will not look weathered correctly.
Step 2 - applying micro “scratches”
Once you have finished the first step of the weathering process and your paint has dried you can begin painting on “scratches.” This step will give your walker the appearance that it has been further weathered in the line of duty.
The paint colors that I used on both of my Allied walkers in this step were all from the Vallejo brand Model Color range. I used brown to depict when the walker had been damaged to its base, the paint completely stripped off. In other locations I used the same green color as the base to show that the walker had been only scratched on surface, marring the white camouflage.
I recommend using several different colors to achieve a more realistic look. Also, I recommend thinking about why you are applying a technique to your walker. What is the story behind the paint? This thought process will be present in your final product and make your walkers look more visually appealing.
To see an in-depth description of the process through which José Brito added these scratches to his Axis walkers, read his third session.
Step 3 - finishing
Once your “scratches” have dried, you will want to finish your walkers by applying a thin layer of MIG Productions oil colors. This step will complete your walker’s authentic look, and make it look more visually interesting. The paints I used varied in colors, were thinned with MIG Production Odourless Turpentine, and were applied sparingly.
Step 4 - the base
In order to achieve a complete look for my walkers, I also personalized the bases. You can either follow my steps to create an earthly look or a snow terrain look.
To create a textured and realistic looking ground I began by applying Vallejo brand Modeling Paste Dark Earth 21218 with a medium sized brush. As the paste dries it will turn rock hard and look like it is really a patch of earth.
After the texturized base was dry I airbrushed on several coats of Vallejo brand Model Air 70510 Gloss Varnish. This addition will add a shiny appearance to the terrain. Finally, to finish the bases I applied a coat of Vallejo brand Still Water 26230 to give it a wet look and highlight the different textures now on the base.
To see an in-depth description of the process through which José Brito applied a snowy terrain his Axis walker bases, read his third session.
Step 5 - finished walkers!
Thank you for reading these Allied walker articles. I hope they helped you decide which direction you want to take when you begin customizing your own walkers. With the Dust Tactics line I feel like every expansion comes with new potential. Remember, there is no limit when you use your imagination!
Dust Tactics is a tactical miniatures game of brutal combat for 2-4 players. Based on the popular universe created by artist Paolo Parente, Dust Tactics presents an alternate 1940s reality in which alien technology fuels gigantic machines of war, and the world's superpowers clash over rare mineral deposits that could ultimately decide the outcome of WWII.
I really like how the zigzag camo pattern turned out.
Thats amazing camo work, you should release a book on how to paint and stuff
Beautiful work and insightful article. I'm not really a treadhead, so painting vehicles doesn't come easily to me.