This blog will will contain my rather pedantic ramblings on my experiences within the miniature war gaming hobby. There will be informative how-to’s, thrilling battle reports and thought provoking editorials. I fully expect that history will one day view the contents of this blog on par with Homer’s Illiad or Newton’s Principalia. Or it's a complete waste of time.
I've been using a new technique to add mud effects to models - a mixture of Liquitex Modeling Paste and some paint - in this case flat brown from Vallejo (70-984). I like this process as it adds a nice 3D effect to the mud that my skills can not achieve with shading and dry brushing alone. Let's see - quick, easy, cheap - yup this method hits all the requirements for me.
You'll find a little of the mixture goes a long way so this tub should last a long time - I grab a little bit on a small modeling spatula and plop it in a mixing "bowl". In our case today, it's a cut down styrofoam coffee cup.
Mix in a few drops of paint - 2 drops got me a nice chocolate frosting color (too light) so a few more drops plus one of Ochre Brown. There really isn't a set formula here - just add color to you get want you want. Since it's much easier to add color than take it away, proceed by only adding a drop or two at a time.
Now comes the tricky part - hand crafting a custom made application device - henceforth referred to as a "pointy stick". I whittled down a craft stick. The key is to have a pointy end to help guid and shaper the mud when applying - the smaller the model you're working with the pointer the stick needs to be. No doubt some of you will be thinking - why not use a tooth pick. That's an acceptable alternative if you don't mind taking the cowards way out. What could be more manly than "whitl'n" a stick?"
Apply the "mud" sparingly and allow at least 12 hours drying. I find the mude effect work next on a 28mm scale vehicle but you get acceptable results with 15mm - as pictured on the left.