|Nurgle Rhino work-in-progress: weathering rust streaks|
This 'exponential step' involved the use of enamel weathering products from AK Interactive namely Rust Streaks, Light Rust Wash and regular White Spirit. One key characteristic of enamel or oil-based products is the ability to manipulate the resulting paint job with white spirit. After allowing the rust streaks (painted straight out of the bottle) to dry for about 10 to 15 minutes, I used a brush moistened with white spirit to soften the edges of the painted streaks. Essentially the excess painted rust streaks were being removed by the white spirit and what remained was being blended for a 'softer look'.
|Rust Streaks Step 1 of 2: Paint downward strokes of rust streaks, straight from the jar|
|Vertical rust streaks painted with enamel paints straight from the bottle|
|Rust Streaks Step 2 of 2: Use white spirit to 'soften' or blend the rust streaks, in upward and downward strokes|
|Vertical rust streaks softened/blended using white spirit, a solvent for enamel paints|
Another less obvious rust effect added was rust stains on the bottom hull using a diluted light rust wash. In addition, the pooling of rust was recreated on the upper hull using more concentrated light rust wash. Both rust effects help complement the overall rusted look of the Nurgle Rhino (see below).
|Light Rust Wash - diluted with white spirit to create rust stains|
|Rust stains on the insides of the Rhino track wheels|
|Light Rust Wash - used straight from the bottle to create rust pools|
|Rust pools accumulate around raised areas of the upper hull, which is admittedly a tad over-weathered|
In my opinion, rust streaks are an essential component of the rust weathering process. Without rust streaks the level of realism drops down a few notches. The following images are a series of 360 shots at 45 degree intervals of the Nurgle Rhino with rust streaks in place.
|Nurgle Rhino - work-in-progress, rust streaks and all (front view)|
|Rust streaks help tie-up the separate weathering effects up until now|
|Rust streaks were softened considerably to avoid a sense of over-weathering|
|Rust streaks are an essential component in the weathering process|
|Nurgle Rhino - work-in-progress, rust streaks and all (back view)|
|Without rust streaks - the level of realism drops down a few notches|
|Still no idea what to paint behind 'Lucy' the head ornament on the lower right corner of the right-side hull|
|Even with rust streaks the Nurgle Rhino still lacks depth which only filters/glazes and dust/dirt effects can overcome|
Applied earlier (see previous post), the acrylic semi-gloss clear coat helps provide a protective coating to the underlying paint job, against the enamel weathering steps shown above.
|Clear acrylic semi-gloss coat forms a protective coating for the subsequent enamel paint weathering|
Future to-do lists include adding depth to the flat hull colour via filters/glazes; painting the light in searchlight; weathering the tracks; and adding subtle dust/dirt deposits for yet more depth. And as the Nurgle Rhino nears completion, I've actually started working on another Star Wars project that might be included in alternate blog postings. But I'll likely finish up with the W40K transport before posting updates on the Incom T-47 Snowspeeder. At least things will brighten up colour-wise from the dull rust hues of the Nurgle Rhino. Until then, thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend.