Several of the big name paint / weathering product manufacturers have enthusiastically embraced the idea of bundling products together to achieve specific goals, such as paints grouped to form a set of appropriate colors for camoflage of specific nations and timeframes, or bundling different materials to achieve a specific weathering effect. This set from Ammo is the latter of the two, being intended to weather tracks, in particular; wet, muddy tracks.
What's in the Set?
This set contains a nice variety of five targeted products; Wet Mud and Loose Ground from the Mud and Splashes group of products, Light Rust Wash from the Enamel Wash group, Gun Metal from the Modelling Pigment group, and Dark Tracks from the Acrylic Paints group.
All products are packaged in their familiar standard sizes; 17ml eyedropper-type bottle for the acrylic paint, the other materials are all packaged in 35ml bottles.
No instructions are contained in the set, however a nice step by step tutorial can be found on-line at www.migjimenez.com. This tutorial can be printed out and kept around for future reference.
Let's muddy up some tracks!
The nice thing about sets like these is that the modeler can use as much or all of the components of the set that he or she desires. For the purposes of this review, i will use all of the set's components on a short run of tracks. And what better crash test dummy for a set intended for the depiction of wet earth tracks than tracks for a WWI tank! I therefore used a track run from a recent WWI Meng kit, the Mark V Female ( itself the subject of a full build review to be posted quite soon ).
The intended use of the items in this set follows a logical sequence; first the base color for the tracks., and then the building of the desired effects, one atop another. So, step one is the application of the base track color using the Dark Track acrylic color.
Above we see the color applied straight from bottle onto a primed sheet of styrene, it's a nice, appropriate tone.
The paint airbrushed wonderfully, with just a couple of drops of thinner added to the airbrush paint cup. To be honest, I'm not even sure the thinner was required. But at any rate, the coverage of the paint is quite even, with a nice, smooth surface to it.
The next product to be used is the enamel Rust Wash, shown brushed onto the styrene above.
Above, a coat of the Rust Wash has been applied with a brush. It flowed onto the tracks easily, and did the job that we all expect from washes nicely, settling around high points and areas of differing surface heights very well.
Above - the Loose Ground applied by brush
Above - the Loose Ground has a nice subtle texture to it.
This product is best applied in a "dabbing" manner, in varying densities for best results. It does take thinner well, if you need to manipulate it a bit, or wish to tone it down a bit. This product may require a bit of experimentation to get the hang of it. I must admit that I had a couple of false starts with the product before understanding how best to apply it.
Above - the Wet Mud dabbed onto the styrene sheet with a cut-down brush. This stuff is THICK.
How thick is this stuff? Think peanut butter.
The Wet Mud looks like just that, wet. It retains the gloss once dry, and is not at all self-leveling. (Good!)
The Wet Mud applied to the track run. VERY effective appearance!
The final product in this set is the Gun Metal pigment. Above, a bit of it dabbed/ smeared onto the styrene sheet, and to be truthful, rather unimpressive in this form. The pigment material of course needs a surface with more "tooth" to grab onto, so this is unfair to the product. But as I'd shown the other products applied to the primed styrene sheet, I just had to do it....
Above, the Gun Metal pigment applied to the track run with a small pointed cotton swab, and burnished into the paint. Now bear in mind that highly polished surfaces and heavy mud usually aren't exactly compatible as seen in the above example ( and an AMPS judge will very likely call you out on it...), but done in lesser and very specific, logical areas, it would work.
A couple of views of the five components of the set used as a group.
I'll get this out of the way right up front. I'm not always real fond of some of the sets being marketed these days; some are targeted at such exotic effects that they seem too limiting to me, and colors / products almost un-usable anywhere else, but I have to say that I REALLY like this set and it's components.
There is not a single "dud" in this set, each of the five products in this set are HIGHLY useful on their own, or used as a part of a process as this set was intended for. You have to give the folks at AMMO full credit for bundling the exact products together to achieve the intended effects so nicely. Kudos to AMMO.
Another plus to this set is the generous amounts of product provided. These materials are packaged in the standard sized containers, but given what you use on a typical build project, this set will last for many wet, muddy vehicles and thus is cost effective.
Thanks to Ammo for the review sample
Reviewed by Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland
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