How to ‘Weather’ a Model


Weathering is exactly like it sounds – making your models look used and a bit real. It’s a handy trick for tanks and train diesel engines, for example, which wouldn’t be known to be spick and span in reality. If it’s not spick and span in reality, then why should your model be?

Where to Weather

First of all, have a think about where your model would show signs of wear and tear in real life. Some likely places are:

  • The edges of metal panels
  • Propellers
  • Exhaust ports
  • Around nuts and bolts
  • Dents and creases
  • The fronts of army vehicles


Painting Techniques for Weathering

  • Don’t forget to prime the model before you paint it. Luckily for you, we have primer ( in stock
  • Dry brushing. This involves dipping your brush (we recommend the Tamiya sponge brush  in black paint, wiping it, then feathering brushstrokes lightly around where you’re weathering. Do this again with brown. Layer, my friends, layer
  • Follow these layers with broze and then silver so it’ll get nice and rusty-looking (if that’s what you want)
  • For more earthy weathering, do exactly the same thing but with earthier colours – different greens and browns for mud and grass, for example