Although it’s not a recent or new release I felt I had to do a review of this set and test out the colors in the set. I compared this set to another rust set also by Vallejo and these colors are not labeled in rust tones such as light or dark rust. This set is intended to be used to weather metal components such as steel architectural structures, beams, steel plating etc.
Included in the set are five (5) colors of various shades similar to rust colors, one (1) grey color, one (1) Gun metal color, a Sepia Wash and a jar of pigments. Also included are two (2) Toray paint brushes, one to apply the colors and the other is marked drybrush and is a wide flat brush..
• Gun Metal Grey
• Basalt Grey
• Burnt Umber
• Saddle Brown
• Red Leather
• Orange Brown
• Clear Orange
• Sepia Shade (Brown Wash)
• Brown Iron Oxide pigment
The included instructions are in three languages and explain the steps for using the included colors. The metal pipe that is used for the how-to is just one example of what can be done with this set and the modeler can use his or her own techniques.
Weathering System on Pipe and Valve
I decided to try out this set on some steel pipe and valves from Celticwerks – The Casting Source, which are nicely cast resin parts and perfect to follow the how-to guide provided in this weathering set . The first thing that needs to be done is to prime all the parts that will be painted and weathered, as you would with any model, primer not included in this set.
I did alter the steps in that I started by giving the valve a wash using the Sepia Shade provided in the kit, but basically followed the hot-to guide.
Step 1 Applying the base color
Once the primer was dry, which doesn’t take long, I then used the air brush to apply a couple of light even coats of the Basalt Grey, again, this is my preference and you may paint it a different color or use the included Basalt Grey.
Moving onto step 2 in the guide, I gave the test piece a wash using the Sepia Shade. This product is different from the regular Vallejo acrylic washes in that it is part of the Games line of products, but works just fine for use in weathering metal.
Step 3 Dry brushing the ‘rust’ colors
Following the guide, I applied the four various shades of color as per the instructions using the included Toray Dry Brush. The colors were applied randomly without cleaning the brush and only on certain areas. Some areas received more of one color than the others. Any touch ups or additional layers of rust can be applied later.
Step 4 Three dimensional Rust
This step involves using the supplied 73.108 Brown Iron Oxide pigment. This is a very bright colored pigment that represents fresh rust that starts where paint has chipped and the metal has begun to rust. (Image 14)
Here I followed the instructions and applied the Sepia Wash but in small amounts, and the same for the pigment since I didn’t want to show a lot of this fresh rust. For older rust other Vallejo rust colored pigments may be used in the same manner. It is recommended that a clear sealer be used to adhere the pigment, especially if you have to handle the parts.
I took the weathering a bit further by adding some grey paint chips to bring some color and contrast to the part. The last thing I did was to dry brush the Gun Metal color onto the edges of the valve and pipe. This enhances the weathering by showing some near bare metal to the parts.
Weather a Steel Plate
With the Valve and pipe finished I wanted to see how this set would work on steel plating, I used a piece of Evergreen tread plate for this demo but a flat plate can be done in the same manner. Please note that there are lots of ways and techniques for weathering steel plating and this demo is mainly to show the Weathering Set colors.
After a primer coat using the same Vallejo acrylic grey primer I next applied the set’s Basalt grey color using the air brush (image 1). Next came the Burnt Umber which was also air brushed, but only around the outer edges, leaving the grey color in the middle of the plate.
Now is where I deviated from the guide booklet and decided to see how these colors are when using the sponge technique. I first started with the Saddle Brown applying the color using a piece f sponge, followed by the Red Leather color (images 2-4). The center of the plate will be free of the rust colors as I wanted to have some metal showing.
The final color is the bright Clear Orange to represent fresh rust. This I used sparingly as it is a very bright color and may over power the other rust tones.
To blend and tone down the bright colors I next applied a wash using the Sepia Brown wash. I applied this in two light coats allowing the wash to settle in the recessed areas, ad allowing to dry between wash coats .
To bring back some of the grey metal color, I used the sponge but made sure there was very little paint on it so as to only hit the raised diamond thread pattern. Using the sponge like a dry brush also works great for this.
The final images of the Pipe/Valve and the steal tread plate show just two examples of what can be done with this weathering system set. The colors and wash are all acrylics which is a big plus since they dry relatively fast, allowing one to move onto the next step of the weathering process.
As with all painting and weathering of models, it is up to the modeler to practice and test things in order to get the hang of how techniques of weathering products work. This set along with other rust colors from Vallejo are a most welcome addition since I enjoy replicating rust and rust effects.