I’ve just finished on the paint chipping process in my tank. During my work, I’ve been able to make some documentation of the chipping method that I use.
To begin my explanation, we have to understand what chipping is. Chipping is a method to replicate the effect of a chipped paint.
It usually appears in the corners of a surface, in a place that is easily scratched, or, if you are building tanks, it usually appears in places where the crew passes (crew hatch, engine hatch, etc) and places that are damaged by foreign objects (rocks, bullets, asteroids :D)
To do this, there are a lot of method. You can do it with a brush, masking sol, hairspray technique,or even the salt technique. For now, I will only try to explain the brushing method 😀
I use Vandyke Brown from Winsor & Newton.
Before I apply the paint, I spray the surface with a gloss top coat. I choose an oil paint because it is easier to erase. I have the tendency to overdone things like this, so my best bet is for something with easy recovery. Oil paint takes a really long time to dry. If I make any mistake in the process, I could easily wipe the paint off using a lighter fluid
Just pour the fluid onto a cotton bud, and wipe off the unwanted chipped paints. This is also the reason why a gloss topcoat is necessary. The glossy surface will makes it easier to erase the paint and prevent us from also wiping off the base color.
Now for the brush. I choose a not so smooth brush (it just feels more comfortable that way :D). This is a brush that is used to paint walls. It’s cheap, and ever lasting. You don’t need all of the brush, so just cut some of it and stick it with a glue tack.
If you wanna make a big chipped paints, you could also makes it using a 0000 size brush
it’s small enough, so you can paint your chipped paint, with your own design and size. In real life, a big chipped paint usually have a light version of the base color just around the chipped paint. So the base color are worn out first, and then eventually the whole paint will be ripped off or rusted.
So that is all about it. This is just one method of chipping, and in my opinion, this is the easiest way. I’ll explain about the other method once I have tried them 😀
Next post is gonna be about my Stug, and I hope you’ll find this post usefull 😀