I have been using pastels for weathering for some time but only to add highlights to models. I read with interest the posting by Ray Pilgrim on his Bylong Blog in January where he utilised another aspect of pastel use for weathering one of our Timber Ash Buffers. As time goes on I am finding more uses and slowly getting use to the characteristics of pastels.
My normal timber weathering technique is to use Raven Oil mixed with methylated spirits to age the timber components ( normally before assembly ) as this gives a good base with which to continue the weathering process....I have covered this in an earlier post I am sure...Then take to the airbrush and dry weathering powders to complete the job. The main concern with timber is the tendency for it to warp should you be over zealous with any form of liquid. This is why i utlise metho if any moisture is required as it is very quick to dry and I cannot overemphasize the need to almost dry brush the timber and take one's time.
During the week I decided to utilise one of the "spare" completed bridge decks to explore the use of pastels further and experiment with differing application methods. They certainly work very well in their dry state....but one idea I explored was to rub the chosen pastel stick on some medium wet and dry to give a coarse powder and then made a very week slurry with metho as the medium and applied with a very fine brush. The effect is certainly different and the method's success can be gauged by the shots below...Some would suggest that the same could be achieved with weathering powders but the variation of shades available in pastels coupled with the cheapness of pastels vs powders makes it an easy choice. While i am a relative novice with pastels...I can certainly see many advantages over weathering powders.
Also during the week ( and following a valid comment re our last post ) I decided to bite the bullet and perfect the manufacture and assembly of round piles for bridge bents. It is certainly an issue that needed to be addressed not only for the bridge range but also for the upcoming Timber Opening range....I have included a shot of the first incarnation in a pre-weathered state.
Enjoy your weekend!!!
|The bridge deck during the weathering process...|
|Weathering tools of trade...Raven Oil...available from saddlery shops for around $15.00 per bottle...The pastels were purchased via ebay for $12.00 per pack|
The first round pile bridge assembly...