Weathering – Spring 2022

This Spring we will provide tuition in a wide range of weathering techniques including the return of air-brushing to Missenden. You will get the opportunity to learn in a relaxed environment where you can work at your own pace to develop your knowledge and skills or simply take the opportunity to progress your own weathering projects.

The tutors for Spring 2022 are Chris Hopper and Andrew Thompson. Chris uses a wide range of weathering techniques but with the emphasis on airbrushing at this weekend. Andrew has already led the Autumn Weekend when he demonstrated a wide range of non-airbrushing techniques including washes, pigments, oils, pastels, brushes and more to achieve effects such as fading, streaking, rust-pitting and layering.

There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to weather models and we use whatever approach is best suited to the work in hand. Our inspiration is always the real thing rather than the work of other modellers. All our weathering is based on observation of reality, so it’s essential to bring along a selection of photographs showing your prototypes in the kind of condition you’d like to replicate. These pictures are invaluable as reference and inspiration while weathering your models. A little pre-course research always pays off.

There are normally 12 places on this course which is suitable for all levels of ability and experience from complete weathering beginners to more experienced modellers who want to refresh their knowledge or just get a couple of days dedicated to the hobby with input from an experienced tutor readily to hand. For those who are weathering novices we will look at tools, equipment and materials which will help in the creation of realistic weathering effects and then go on to practice using them on your models.

Most attendees do bring their own airbrushing equipment including spray booth, compressor and airbrush etc. but we can now once again provide all or some of the equipment necessary for you to try airbrushing if you want. If you will need to use our airbrushing equipment it is important you tell us when you book. We are also happy to advise on suitable equipment if you want to purchase your own before or after the course. 

The course will also include the use of washes, filters, powders and other hand-weathering materials. These have value both as stand-alone methods and to complement and refine airbrush weathering. We will also have a wide range of weathering materials for you to try.

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The use and care of airbrushes is a key element of the weekend and  we will provide a number of relevant but short structured sessions during the course.