Saturday, November 17, 2012

Future Shantytown / Modelmates Rust Effects Review

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on TMP that linked to a blog post promoting a model-railroad "rust in a bottle" paint product that looked very slick. Always being eager to snap up new products that enable my laziness as a painter, I found a source for the magic elixir in the UK and ordered a bottle (not cheap). After 10 days or so it arrived:

I had several half-finished 15mm corrugated iron shacks laying around that I had assembled and basecoated with Boltgun Metal, but (as you do) had lost motivation to finish. Being that I had wanted to run a 15mm sci-fi game soon, I recognized the szygy-like convergence of factors... half-finished terrain plus easy rust paint product plus running a game to use the terrain equals motivation to finish the project! So off I went...

The Rust Effect stuff is actually opaque, so after basecoating with Boltgun Metal, Dheneb Stone, and Astronomican Standard Grey, and layering Ultramarines Blue and Shadow Grey, I applied a wash of GW Gryphonne Sepia mixed with Devlan Mud and let it dry.

 Then the Rust Effect was liberally applied to the metal parts!

After that I painted the windows and solar panels in the usual "gem" style.

I added some faux-Korean characters for that "indeterminate future space language you'd find in a makeshift shantytown" look.



I'm pretty happy with how this project turned out. I think that the Rust Effect product will be quite useful when painting heavily weathered and/or Nurgleized stuff. It certainly worked a treat on these shacks. Easy to use and great looking results - how can you put a price on that???

Modelmates Rust Effect - 10.01GBP including shipping to Canada from Model Hobbies Limited

8 comments:

Ray Rousell said...

That does work well, nice one Dallas!

The Angry Lurker said...

I've bookmarked the site, great effect and lovely work!

Mr. Harold said...

They look great, the rust came out really well.

Grumpy said...

I agree- the effect is excellent. I have tried using MIG rust pigments which I'm sure you know have to be applied as a liquid and then a powder, but this looks easier, and let's face it, most things metal look more realistic when rusty! Thanks for the heads up.

Jay said...

Really nice effect and great looking shacks.

Jay said...

Sweet!

Greg B said...

Great job Dallas - those shacks are looking great.

Is the material a powder, or a glaze?

Dallas said...

It's actually neither - it's an opaque liquid. Paint it straight on...