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The Weathering Magazine - Washes, Filters, and Oils

ISBN Number:
Monday, March 20, 2017
MIG Productions
Retail Price:
8 Eur ($10usd)
Reviewed By:
Harvey Low

The Weathering Magazine #17, Washes, Filters and Oils


Introduction & Layout

This issue of the Weathering Magazine (October 2016) focuses on the three techniques of washes, filters, and oils.  As noted in the introduction, these are the three core techniques modelers often use in their weathering arsenal. However these techniques are often misunderstood and thus the content of this issue. In fact, I have mixed my own home-brew "filters" and I still go back to these mainstream commercial products. This issue will definitely provide you with tips and tricks.   

This softcover 8 ½ x 11 ½ magazine format comes on very high quality gloss stock paper. While that may not seem important at first, this is very practical, especially if you want the reference handy at the workbench, where small paint spills can be easily wiped off the paper! This 10 article issue has 66 pages - about average for this magazine. If you have never read this "magazine" before, it is focused on weathering techniques, with much less content around advertising as compared to other mainstream magazines. The website notes that this issue is ONLY available in English


The Articles:

Filters Mig himself starts us off with an intro 101 to applying filters. Part of the learning is also knowing what a filter actually does, and Mig demonstrates this to effect by showing examples of when filters are applied, compared to the effect when they are not applied. I find that many modelers unfamiliar with filters ask me what "color" of filter to use. Mig helps answer this question by suggesting example colors over the most usual camouflage colors: multi-cam, black, overall sand, overall olive green, panzer grey, white and white-washed subjects!  



Washes and Oils by Mig Jimenez

The AMX13 is used as a subject to demonstrate the use of washes and oils. Like any technique, washes and oils must be used in a certain sequence and Mig shows us how to start, for example, with a good primer. He shows you each step along with color recommendations and application techniques such as pin washes. The section on oils uses the brand new MIG Oilbrusher product (with applicator brush). There are now 21 different colors in their line. He uses various shades of the Oilbrusher on the AMX13. There is a two page spread at the end of this article that summarizes the techniques in a very clear manner and all in pictures, finishing up with pictures of the completed model. Spoiler alert – there is a "huge" distraction on page 23 but you must take a look at the issue in order to find out what I mean.  



Oil Dot Technique  by Mig Jimenez.

Ever wonder how this technique works? Well Mig shows us through examples once again using the new Oilbrusher product line. What's great about this short article is that the photos are crisp and all taken from the same angle to show to good effect how this technique is applied.



Outside the Loft  

Maxi Fernandez finishes his multi-cam 1/35 AAV7A1 with filters, washes, and oil dot techniques. He shows which colors to use on which base colors. Hand applied techniques, such as streaking, are shown along with airbrush application. The subject has a balance of both a camouflage base, and single color areas that make for an interesting weathering subject. 



Washes, Filters, and Streaked Grime Effects on WWII Aircraft  

Mig takes to the air as he shows how these techniques can be applied to aircraft – in this case, a Japanese Army Ki-43 Oscar using the MIG WW2 Japanese Aircraft Weathering Set (a subject dear to my heart), along with other MIG products. Interestingly, he also shows you how to "stress" aircraft wing surfaces. By the way, be sure to do your homework as not all aircraft saw such extremes of weathering, but Ki-43 Oscars sure did!  He covers the use of chipping techniques along with washes and oils. He further shows you how to blend colors using sponges. Mig also suggests what colors work best given the base color.


Oil, Highlights & Grime Effects  

Take a ride in a German Halftrack with Sergiusz Peczek. In  this step-by-step article, Serguisz will explore the oil technique used to enhance highlighting, and use of grime and rain streaks using oils on his Sdkfz 251 three tone late war hard-edged camouflage scheme. Multicam subjects need to be dealt with differently than single color camouflage subjects.


Stardust Shows no Mercy

Konrad Dzik takes a different path with a Sci-Fi subject – the Millennium Falcon! Learn how to use greys and streaking effects on a non-military multi-colored model. Each step is explained with specific colors, panel effects, and accompanying photos. Nice to see different subjects!



Old School Never Dies  

Pat Johnston provides his expertise on a multi-cam 1/35 Hetzer, and early war panzer grey German armored car. This time Pat shows us "old school" by using the Humbrol and Windsor Newton line of enamels and oils! He shows how to thin and apply these old warrior paints to produce realistic effects and proves that great models are based on both great products and great skillsets! While new products continue to amaze me in their quality, these techniques mean you dont have to throw away all those old tins after all!



The Forgotten Workhorse

Graziano Ghetti takes us along a weathering ride in an Italian State Railroad Locomotive. See how he uses his style of washes and sponge techniques to great effect. This Locomotive was diesel and had many streaks and spills. This article is interesting in that weathering can equally be applied to commercial subjects in commercial liveries – thin one in a deep green color, and he even provides photos of the real steel!    



 Acrylics on Wash Duty

Sergiusz Peczek again shows us his weathering style on a single color Panzer Grey base. Most of the focus of this article is on the lower hull showing dirt accumulation and mud techniques, but this focus is as crucial as any other part of a model! Close-up photos are excellent showing the mud layering and weathering in very good detail.      



Final Thoughts

A must-have basic refence for these three common weathering techniques. The gloss format is a practical one if you want to use this at your workbench. While the magazine covers some of the most recent MIG products such as the new line of Oilbrushers, it also shows modelers how to use Humbrol and Windsor Newton lines of paints! There is a wide breadth of subject matter from armor, to aircraft, civilian, and Sci-Fi thus making this reference a great resources for all modelers of all interests. Well organized with complimenting articles, the magazine shows you step-by-step techniques using very high quality photos. A handy reference indeed on this suite of finishing techniques.


Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.

Thanks goes out to Ammo of MIG for this review kit.

Reviewed by Harvey Low


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