Tuesday 18 June 2013

Chipped Paint III

Following on from the relative success of my new "urban rubble" bases, I decided to try some chipped paint using a masking agent to simplify the process and reduce the thickness of the paint layers. I have been using Vallejo Medium for a while now to thin paints and mix pigments, and after a lengthy browse of the local store stumbled across their "Liquid Mask" which seemed suitable for re-creating the effect in the photo below.

After a quick shake to make sure the resin was mixed correctly, I began applying it using an old brush. Drying quite quickly and nearly clear, it was hard to tell which parts I had applied the masking agent to, and in the end I applied more than I had planned. After letting it dry for a few minutes I applied the top coat, and once that was touch dry I merely brushed my finger over the surface which began to peel away very easily.

I was very impressed with the speed and ease of use of the masking agent, and apart from the need to hold the model up to the light to see where you've actually applied it (being mostly transparent as above), I would thoroughly recommend using this instead of any other salt/hairspray/chipped paint method you might read about. After a little weathering and shading I had the base all done and ready for a model!

I must admit the photos in the last post were poorly washed out and over-exposed, and although I haven't gotten the focus right yet I took the opportunity to use some of the lovely summer sunshine to snap a pic of all the bases so far. I'll be picking up the models for this set from the store this week, watch this space!


  1. Very nicely done. I guess I'm not the only one who stops and stares at old metal posts while I'm walking around town.

    1. There's more of us about I'm sure. I always enjoy a trip to see family out at New West, so much interesting aging buildings and infrastructure!