Friday, April 21, 2017

The Crusader

I finally got a chance to put the final effects of weathering on the Rubicon Models Crusader!  It wasn't anything terribly complex, just a few layers of sandy weathering powders.

It all worked out as I had hoped, by planning ahead for this very stage!  This meant getting darker colors in critical areas, so that this much lighter dust and sand would be more visible. 

Obviously the darker sections of the camo patterns were a prime location for the lighter sand, but I also wanted it to be visible in places on the lighter sections of the hull and turret.  So, I had added a little bit of additional staining to darken them.

I was also eager to see how the sand would look in the wheels and treads, which were left much darker, with not a lot of extra shading.  The goal was to have this applied sand create the forms.

As I mentioned in the live facebook broadcast, these vehicles are like layer cakes, and each layer is a different form of weathering.  You must plan ahead, and lay the groundwork for something that might be several layers down the line!

Here's a link to that video session:

I look forward to trying out these techniques on the rest of the desert theme vehicles... for the Desert Rats, DAK and the Italians!  Stay tuned.


  1. Looks very nice, but considering level of weathering, decals should be weathered too.

    1. Thanks! I think the way I lit it doesn't show all the powders over the insignia. :-) Ironically, I thought I took that too far! The nice thing is that I can always touch them up again.

      I remember reading that the first thing that tankers did was to tone down those very markings.

  2. It looks like you are becoming a tank man. Welcome to club AFV! :)

    1. Thanks! Yes, this is just the beginning... many more vehicles from 12 different Bolt Action armies on the way!

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    1. I just love these vehicles :-) I know they were not the greatest design, but they are definitely fun to paint!