Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Siege Train cars

Back aboard the Siege Train!  Yes, more Shaded Basecoat.  Mostly the same process as the engine and caboose.

These shapes are going to be more challenging than the other two pieces so far.

Working up the brass section.  Pun intended. :-)

Both cars moving along on the shaded basecoat.

You can see that some preliminary shading was done on the front panels.  Note the difference in contrast between the right side, and on the left where no shading has been added yet.

Now the entire front panel complete.  Later on, most likely with powdered pigments, additional colors will be tinted and shaded.

The overall view, just before I began to work again on the brass.

These trim lines are going to be even tougher to shade.

Getting there.  At this point, will be adding some other tints of yellow to get some color variety in here.  I don't want the whole thing to be the greenish tint!

Now the brighter, more pure yellow has been added, so things start to pop more along the edges.

Once the highlights are added to the trim, I can do the same with the other surfaces to keep everything in line.

This image shows the difference where no additional highlights have been added to those surfaces.  It does not look as 'sharp' or as defined.

And then those highlights are added.  Please not that none of them were pure white.  There was always something else added in... either a touch of yellow, green or blue.

Often I will add yellow to white to highlight a blueish surface, as that gives a more 'spectral' effect to the highlight, and vice verse with the yellowish surfaces.

This shot gives you a good idea of how these last few steps have progressed from where we started.  There is contrast in value patterns, obviously, but also some in the colors as well.  Note the warmer reddish hues in the darkest areas on the roof.

That was done to add a little extra interest, so that the entire car was not blue tinted.

From here, I will be adding some freehand, and then the weathering effects.  Stay tuned!


  1. These pieces were perfect for demonstrating your techniques and color selections. That side by side shot of the two units sums up the highlighting and color blending better than words ever could. Thanks again for sharing!

    1. I am very glad that it was helpful! It's also helpful for me too look back at them as well!