How to do battle damage with Salt!
- Rust weathering powder
- Stiff Brush (not a good one)
- Fine detail brush
- Detail brush
- Water and a mixing tub (for paint)
- Black Wash
- GW Codex Gray or other brand
- Flat clear spray
Step – 01
Get a small clump of the weathering powder and put it into your mixing tub. Now add one or two drops of water, you want the powder to become like a watered down paint and not like clumps of mud. Now get a detail brush and paint the rust paint we just made into the areas you want to rust up. This will be on areas that would get heavily worn or around the battle damage you have just made. But when painting this on you want to paint a vertical line and then drag the paint down like you would do a wash. We are doing this to show where it has rained and dripped and stained that paint. This is what it should look like.
Step – 02
Now over the rust you have just painted on you want to pull your finger down wards a few times to rub in the power and make it more real. . If you can’t get to some areas with your finger this is where your stuff brush comes in. Once you have most of the rust rubbed down you can now use the powder on your thumb to detail other areas it you want. Hint: it’s good on the edges like around the window frame as shown. Any errors you have made you can wash off with some nail varnish and an ear bud. As the model is already got its clear coat one from the first tutorial you won’t damage any of your paint. Once happy give the model a spray of the clear coat if you don’t do this step the powders won’t stick and will rub off and destroy all your work.
Step – 03
Now we want to get the codex gray paint and mix about 50/50 with water. Get a very small detail brush this will work the best for this step. Now on all the damage we have done we want to give it a little depth on the larger bits of damage you want to paint a thin gray line only at the bottom of the damage. For the odd shaped ones you can be creative but you want to paint the gray on vertical lines to give it a shadow like look. I find it best to just leave the smaller damage chips as they are.
Step – 04
Now we are complete for the damage detailing, at this point on I will just be showing you how the completed body ended out looking. In this stage it got my black wash and filled in the recesses and detail I wanted to bring out.
Step – 05
In this part I did the standard detail you would paint the lights on the front and the eagle on the front and the antennas.
And here you have a completed model well not fully for me I now need to do all these steps again for the rest of the model. This would take about 4-6 to get to this point with drying times it’s a quick and easy way to make something look more real and needs very little skill. I don’t count myself as an expert just an average painter who struggles just as much as the rest.