Saturday, 13 October 2007


I've had this little collection of mineral wagons in various stages of painting and weathering sitting on my shelf for months but haven't put any photos of them on here, so here are a few.

I emphasise the fact that they are not finished - they all require some work - be it a few finishing touches or more substantial attention...

Here's a Parkside 21T mineral, an improvement over the first one I did (which I put a picture of on here last year sometime) I think:

Parkside 16T slope-sided mineral:

Parkside 13T mineral (unfitted) (still requires further weathering):

Parkside 16T mineral (French type) (also requires further weathering):


  1. Matt,
    These wagons look fantastic - would you share the techniques you used to weather them please?

  2. Thanks. I don't really use any fancy techniques. I just make up a palette of various dirty Humbrol colours (I've not yet settled on a definitive combination but some of the colours I've used are black, orange, brick red, rust and chocolate, along with anything else vaguely appropriate I might have to hand), take a fairly stiff 000 flattie brush (I use Italeri brushes at the moment as I got a good stock of them from the local model shop some time ago) and start duabing away, mixing the colours as I go.

    It's much better to try to copy rust patterns from photos of real wagons, I find, than trying to guess. The use of a really fine, fairly stiff brush really helps otherwise it's difficult to get any real definition to the individual rust patches, some of which need to be quite fine. I think the effort spent at this stage pays off in the end.

    Once the most clearly defined rust patches have been added in this way I try to add some more general weathering to blend everything together a bit (something I've not yet done on a couple of the wagons in the photos as you can see). So far I've been doing this by dry-brushing various dirty colours on. I've also tried washes of dirty thinners although I'm not convinced this really works successfully. I'm hoping to get an airbrush for Christmas so will hopefully start experimenting with that.

    Martyn Welch suggests mixing in talc with the paint to simulate the texture of rust. I tried this on one of the wagons (the slope sided one) but I feel that its unecessary at this scale.

    As I said, these are all still a work in progress, as with most of my modelling - I do a bit then put them aside then do a bit more when the mood takes me. They all need transfers adding and I want to add some wagon loads - either full loads of coal (I might make these removable?) or just some crushed up bits lurking in the corners.