Sunday, January 27, 2013

Building the Valkyrie WIP#5 - Chipping

Do you want chips with that?

I know it's not to everyone's taste but I like my model vehicles to be heavily weathered and the illustrious Valk is no different.

With my every decreasing supply of GW Charadon Granite I've sponged and brushed on chips onto virtually every light coloured part of the model.  I've taken quite a lot of artistic license concerning 'realistic' wear and tear but it's looking roughly how I want it to be, 'rough' being the operative word here...

I also took the opportunity to put on the central landing gear legs for this stage, so it's really beginning to look complete.

Next steps...

It's all about the rust next.  I don't want it to dominate but I do want it to be noticeable so it's a bit of a balancing act.  In the meantime I've masked off the canopy to paint up the areas that need it and I'm starting on the rocket launchers.

There's still quite a bit to do before the blog anniversary on Tuesday so I may have to pull an all-nighter to get her finished in time.

If you'd like to read the previous WIP's for this Valkyrie build please click below:

Building the Valkyrie WIP#1 - Interior
Building the Valkyrie WIP#2 - Cockpit
Building the Valkyrie WIP#3 - Colour modulation
Building the Valkyrie WIP#4 - The wash

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  1. Beautiful - that really adds so much depth to the model.

    I'm curious, what color(s) would you suggest as the underlying color prior to sponging on the metal stage for chipping on dark/black paint? I'm looking to add some weathering and chipping on my guard tanks (now that they're all more or less done to the same level), and I don't think just sponging the metal color directly onto the black-painted armor would look right. Maybe a dark brown/dark orange?

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Hey Mordian, good question. I would actually go straight in with a very light metallic colour, something like the Vallejo model air aluminium. Thumbing through my Osprey modelling book Painting and finishing techniquesthe author recommends "silver...toned down with raw umber..." which I read as light metallic with a little spot of reddish brown so it's not pure silver.

      In your case I would only go in with a rust colour after the light metallic has been applied first, which is kind of how it would work in real life if you think about it. First the scratch would happen, exposing the bare metal, then the elements would get to the scratch and cause it to rust. Then you'd put on the older rust, a dark reddish brown, then finally you'd go in with the new rust a much lighter orange.

      As it happens, I'm considering adding silvery coloured chips to the darker parts of the model so watch out for that in the next post.

      Thanks again!

  2. Groovy - That makes sense. I'll be giving it a try once I get out from under all the Dark Angels and get back to the guard! Thanks for the insight!