Adding fluid stains is a simple weathering step that helps sell the notion of reality. Any vehicle that is actively moving around will have some form of fluid stain on it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s oil, gasoline, hydraulic fluid, or just coffee, something will add stains.
Adding Fluid Stains
There are a great variety of products to help a modeler with stains. Certainly thinned paints can be used. Buying ready made products can help speed up the process. Oils, enamels, acrylics, pencils, and other media offer something for every modeler’s needs.
Two of the key elements in applying fluid stains are examining the model for placement, and deciding on color.
Most models have features that warrant some sort of fluid stain. Access hatches, hydraulic pistons, fuel filler caps, crew hatches, and other areas give us great fodder for stains. And each of these offers a variety of colors and finishes too. Some oils stains may be matte, and perhaps with some texture if they’re older. Newer oil leaks will be smoother, and satin or even glossy.
And all the variety helps indicate use and age.
This videos starts at a very foundational level, demonstrating a variety of products and basic techniques for application. While the methodology is simple, all advanced applications of fluids stains build on the basics shown here. The only difference would be through changes in the opacity, color variations, texture, and distribution of the stains. So these simple techniques can be layered on top of each other, resulting in a finish that is much deeper and sophisticated than the separate parts would indicate.
Regardless if you are just starting out, or are an experienced modeler, this installment of the Basic Skills Series will help you take your weathering to new places. And the best part is that it’s fun! And that is what it’s all about.
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