I opted to try oils, but not being confident I didn’t want to spend too much on a technique I may not be comfortable with. Fortunately ‘Wilkos’ came to the rescue, £3.50 got me a set of 12 colours. Whilst the quality may not be up there with artists oils, it will get me started.
I opted for burnt umber as a dark brown would compliment the camo, but provide a dark enough contrast. I used a rough 80:20 mix of thinners to paint.
I added some chipping where I thought the most wear would have occurred. I think I got a bit carried away, but given that it will be further ‘dirtied’ I was happy with the outcome.
I sprayed a light dust coat of light tan to dull down the gloss finish prior to my next experiment.
Next was an attempt at a oil dot wash. For this I used 4 oil colours; white, vermillion, ultramarine and yellow ochre. These were randomly applied as dots to each panel and then blended using a flat brush barely wet with thinners. On sloped or vertical panels I used a brushing motion to give a streaking effect, whilst on flat panels I used a stippling effect.
The point at which I panicked!
The finished article
The overall effect has given a ‘warmer’ finish to the colour, and a dusty/grubby effect (I hope). The vermillion was the dominant colour, so overall the dust effect appears on the pinkish side.
Finally I primed the tracks, gave them a base coat of dark grey, with a thin coat of rust over the top. I then applied some weathering pigments.
Sorry for the mega post, but a couple of days of work has given plenty of bench time for a change. All comments welcome.