For a few years now, AK Interactive has been consistently providing modelers with painting and weathering solutions for their projects. Top quality washes and effects, pigments, numerous painting sets and more to help the modeler achieve amazing results with little effort.
Most recently, AK Interactive has added a new line of products geared to the Ship modeler. Naval Ship Weathering Sets Vol. 1 & 2 is enamel based products that can be used to add weathering effects to increase the depth to you painted model.
Each set includes three 35ml bottles of the enamel weathering colors. Until this point modelers of ship, myself included, have had to resort to methods of mixing our own washes using oil paints as well as using oil paints to add different effects after painting the model. Now with these effects, just give the bottle a shake, open and add the effects. It is really as simple as that. AK Interactive has done all the work of mixing up washes and streaking effect for us. So each time you open the jar you are using the same color. No more mixing one part of this to one part of that and then having to thin out mixtures, everything is always ready to use.
Moving forward, I switched to some Dark Washes for Wood Decks. I used this dark wash for decks above the weather deck. This will allow the weathering to still be darker in the corners and such without the grey effect seen on the lower deck from the salt spray.
Ships are an interesting world unto themselves. On a lot of the deck sections and super structure parts can have regular maintenance, even while at sea. However, the exterior section of higher superstructure parts as well as the upper and lower sections of the hull cannot be maintained in the same manner. The water line section of the hull will show a buildup of oils, dirt, algae and salt. I needed to weather the hull section of my model. In never using these products before on a ship I decided to take the approach in sections. I started out with the Salt Streaks for ships.
I finished up the weathering with a small amount of Slimy Grime Light along the demarcation line followed by some Streaking Rust and some touches of the Light Rust Wash all from AK Interactive. So far so good! These new Naval Effects from AK seem to live up to their name. They are easy to apply, easy to manipulate on the surface and some great results. Already there is room in the tool box for them.
The indispensable finishing and weathering set for German camouflage schemes. With the ideal wash, streaking, filter, pigment, and mud splashes colors. These effects can be used for almost any German Camouflage to create a wide variety of realistic effects and finishes. Use them individually or in combination for a variety of effects.
With this DVD, the modeler fan of ships and warships will learn how to weather their ships in a realistic, simple and effective way. In a very visual step by step the modeler will see how to obtain give to our ships the worn look so characteristic of any ship after some days at sea. The DVD covers different techniques and types of wear, from simple to complex, from a ship after few days on sea to another almost completely spoiled by the sea. although the DVD focuses on warships of the Kriegsmarine, these techniques can be applied in any ship and even useful for other topics.Weathering German Ships (Video) 2b1af7f3a8