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Chaos Tank – W.I.P (Part 2)

I used masking fluid to create areas of damage on the tank’s armour plates. If you’re not familiar with this, it’s basically just a fluid which is splotched-on, left to dry, then painted over. Afterwards, you remove the dried fluid. So, first stage: 

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Second stage: 

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Third stage: 

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With this stuff, the cardinal rule to follow is that less is more. I kind of didn’t. You can see that the battle-damage effect was way over the top:

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But there’s nothing wrong with experimenting. So, I re-painted most of the darker areas, and tried to make the overall effect of the red colour a bit more dramatic: 

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This was a bit of a departure, really – I’ve never really tried directional lighting effects before; but sometimes trial and error takes you in interesting directions. 

Work in Progress – Chaos Tank

I wanted to experiment a bit with weathering techniques on this – but to keep it fairly understated. I think, when it comes to special effects, less is more:

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As you can see, I used masking fluid, duabed-on fairly arbitrarily with a cocktail stick, to create the random chips and divots; then various washes and pigments to add colour – mainly purples, browns, and oranges. I also flickered-on blotches, using an old paintbrush:

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Once the washes had dried, I stippled metallic paint on in some places, and used a small piece of sponge in others. Nothing too fancy – but it still looks pretty effective, all told.