Wonderfest 2014 Show Report
(Page Six - Distressing &
Damaging, by Jason Eaton)
Jasonís program was very entertaining and informative. Jasonís dry-delivery and his humorous whit brought smiles to the faces of those
attending his presentation.
In addition, his detailed explanation of some of the current supplies on the market for adding weathering effects, along with some
slight damage was interesting and helpful.
During Jasonís program he showcased a number of his nicely weathered & subtly beat-up built-ups.
He talked about some pigments which are currently on the market, along with some of the pre-mixed washes. In addition, there was a
substance Jason used which etched into the surface of the plastic, giving it a pitted, "damaged" look.
The Powered Pigments are manufactured by MIG and AK. In addition, Jason stated that you can also get them from Art Supply stores
(cheaper, but in much larger quantities Ė which will turn out to be a lifetime supply for most):
(According to Jason): "They are a way of 'dusting' color onto the model which can be worked into the crevices; when mixed with a
carrier (like an oil), they can smear. Think (of) 'carbon scoring' blast effects and rust streaks. It can be a messy but quick way to make
an entire model grimy. If you cover the whole surface with a dusting of black, for example, and then bomb the whole thing with Testor's
Dullcote, you can get interesting 'pitted' effects... and the Dullcote seals it all down nicely."
Jason also showed how to use a liquid substance, which when applied, eats a bit into the plastic's surface, (to yield a pitted look).
It's called Mr Surfacer:
Jason said: "Stipple it on, and it becomes tacky... you can get cool cast iron effects this way."
The company Wave makes quite a few aftermarket sets, which can help to beef-up the SF3D/MaK Mechas:
Jason also talked about some of the pre-mixed washes which can be used. Although they all tend to be a bit expensive, there was 1, in particular that he said is worth each and every penny. It is called Engine Grime, (actually Engine Fuel & Oil); MIG makes it, and it can be
used to simulate coolant/oil/lubricant leaks.
One of Jason's "props" which he used was a section from a Starship Nacelle. Jason had scratch-build it, and it included some nice
Another one of Jasonís "boxes-of-tricks" include a number of resin Greebles Ė (miscellaneous model parts)
When Jason's program was over, I hung around the room a bit, asking him some lingering questions, and was rewarded with the Starship
Enterprise Nacelle "prop" he had created to be used in his program, along with his remaining box of greebles. (My creative juices started
flowing full-speed on a diorama scene I could incorporate the Nacelle section into).
Upon leaving the room I decided that "Yes, Yes, YES!!!!" (quoting Daniel Bryan) - It was finally time to check out the Vendor's rooms.
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