Weathering

An Athearn Blue box car kit weathered using acrylics

An Athearn HO scale Blue box car kit weathered using cheap dollar store type acrylic paints

Bright and shiny trains look out-of-place on almost every railroad in my opinion. Nothing in the real world stays bright and shiny clean without a lot of work.

No car or locomotive is ever bright and shiny, except when they roll out of the factory or the paint shop. Within a very short space of time all locomotives and rolling stock acquire a veneer of grime, soot, dust, rust, dings and other weathering that gives them that ‘lived in’ look. When weathering there are two styles that I use and that I’ll discuss here. The style names depend on the paint medium used to achieve them:

  1. Weathering Media
    1. Acrylic
    2. Artist’s Oils
    3. Weathering Powders
    4. Artist’s Pastels
    5. Rustall
    6. Multi-Media
  2. Galleries
    1. HO Scale Gallery
      1. More to come
    2. O Scale Gallery
      1. Atlas 40 Foot Hi-Cube
An Athearn Blue box car kit out of the box

An Athearn HO scale Blue box kit out of the box

Each weathering style uses the mediums applied to its utmost. The methods of application and working differ for them. They can be used individually and with one another. In addition you can add modelling powders, pigments, pastels, water based colouring pencils and graphite powders to change the look and feel of the final finish. I’ll add pages for each style with examples of how I created the finishes and there’ll also be tips and tricks that show you how to achieve the same type of results. Remember: “no two weatherers will ever create the same weathering patterns“. Nor should they want to. This is art and a science; in my belief leaning heavily on the side of science. Navigate around this section of the site by using the links above.

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