Virtual Missenden – Weathering

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Some step by step weathering guides by Mick Bonwick, these have been reworked from Mick’s RMweb blog postings:blogentry-2194-0-33472800-1535051534-2

Weathering Techniques

There are many ways of weathering things and no two people will do everything the same way. Favoured materials and tools will differ from person to person, some will want “used but clean” and others might favour “nearly condemned”.

One common factor, though, is that a mental image exists of what the subject needs to look like when finished.

For modellers who don’t really know where to start, or those who have an idea, but can’t choose from the confusingly vast array of Youtube videos and RMweb posts, let me offer a few suggestions.

  1. Start simple. Try a couple of things to see if they suit your temperament, ability, eyesight, dexterity, toolkit, patience, workspace and timeframe.
  2. Use a reliable reference. Work from photographs rather than imagination or memory. If you weather something by thinking that it should like this because of that, then you will end up with something that looks as if you imagined it. Practice applying a wash, try a couple of pigments.
  3. Develop skills by practising on small items. These are usually cheaper to buy in the first place and quicker to clean up if you make an absolute mess. Don’t worry about ruining something, be aware of the properties of the materials you are using and have the necessary clean-up stuff beside you just in case.
  4. Keep a record. Make a note of what you use for each subject and take a photograph or two while you work. You will need to remind yourself, at some stage, how you did that.
  5. Create a basic palette. Select a few colours that suit you and use just those to begin with. Avoid collecting!

One way of eliminating confusion is to find a video clip, magazine article or book that shows a result that you like and then follow that author/poster and their choice of materials, tools and techniques. If you still can’t decide then I suggest you seek out material by Martyn Welch, Tim Shackleton or George Dent in publications, or KNP and NHY581 on RMweb. There are many others, but these few will restrict your choice and still provide inspiration.


  • Airbrush Cleaning – Keeping your airbrush clean is essential to its health and the quality of your result.

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