Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Whiteout Conditions

I conducted an interesting experiment over the last few days.  The idea was to see what I could do with weathering powders to achieve a whitewash effect.

Before I could do that, however, I had to do all the tri color camo, and shade it as well.

Using various combinations of Vallejo acrylic glazes, I shaded and darkened the added stowage, the zimmerit, tools, and so on.  In the image you see Sepia and Black.

I also added a few other colors, like the Vallejo green glaze.

I didn't have to be very precise here, since most of it would be obscured with all the whitewash effect.  The most important issue was to create the dark shadows!  I used acrylic so that it would dry in time for my facebook live session...

My goal was to show the flexibility of using powders and rubbing alcohol.  Since it only acts as a medium to help the powders flow like paint, that means you can completely wipe away nearly all of the wash if necessary.

 Here's a link to the video, which was too long to actually post here:

These images show what I was able to do in a few hours.  Keep in mind, more effects are to be added, such as mud and piled snow.

I did try to show a few tips in the demo on how to use the powders for more than just snow.  I mixed in Secret Weapon Miniatures water effects with the powders to make mud, do spatter effects, and so on.  

Another session is planned for later this week to do those final techniques, so stay tuned!


  1. Since you are using MIG already, there is a paint he makes called washable white. It is considerably less messy! I do like the effect you achieved though. How sturdy is the surface in terms of handling? Will the tank leave splotches of white powder everywhere it goes?

    1. Thanks! :-)

      Yes, I have heard of that product. The goal here was to show how the powders could be an "all in one" tool, where I can do the mud, rust, streaking and chipping all with one medium.

      This means far fewer steps, waiting for things to dry, etc. I used to be a pastel artist, so painting with powders is pretty normal for me. :-) Pigment fixer will seal the powders to the vehicle with no problem.

    2. I do love the pastel work, and look forward to meeting you at the NOVA Open later this year. What fixer do you use? I use alcohol and tamiya x-20a thinner regularly, but pigment still manages to escape.

    3. Mig makes a pigment fixer, as does Secret weapon. If I didn't want to be able to remove the pigment as it's being painted, etc. I could have used that instead of rubbing alcohol. I just needed to be able to show folks how to remove that, and not have to worry about it drying while I was checking comments and questions! ;-)