Many members want to have a go at painting and weathering but are less than confident - or do not want to damage a favourite loco by practicing on it!
The answer is to practice and gain confidence before you touch a model of course - but how?
There is one resource that is overlooked when it comes to "Practice"... and that’s the domestic recycling bin! There are lots of items in there that can be airbrushed, weathered and generally bashed about to give us the "Zero risk" practice we'd all like.
Think about it – broken appliances, drink cans, vacuum form packaging… all has interesting shapes and on occasion, there are things with modelling possibilities too. And… some of them are tricky technique wise too. In fact… if you can paint the round surface and detailed/ridged end of a coke or soft drink can - you can paint a model!So... to encourage ALL MRF MEMBERS to "Have a go", provide some light relief and see what an "open brief" and a little creativity can create, I am pleased to invite ALL members to have some fun and participate in a simple competition with prizes of real value."PAINT AND WEATHER A DRINK CAN OR TWO…OR THREE".The Prizes:Winners Prize:
5 different complete DCCconcepts weathering kits... The full selection valued at £75 / $A100 - PLUS a £100 Gaugemaster Gift voucher / $150DCCconcepts Gift voucher. Total prize value is £175 / $A250! - see images below3x Runners up Prizes of:
2x Complete DCCconcepts weathering kits, prize value approximately £30/$A40 per prize - see images belowIF Necessary, rather than have to split hairs or play Solomon about knife edge results, if two exceptional entries were both of really high standard and neck and neck for first place… the judges are authorised to offer a SECOND “Full set of 5 DCCconcepts Weathering Kits” to the “Narrowly second place entry”- another £75/$A100 in prizesThe Rules:
(1) Empty cans only
(Minimum 1, max 3 in the entry) - see image below if you are unsure as to what this is.
(2) Modify the can(s) by all means… add wheels if you like
… as long as they are still identifiable as cans if we look hard.
(3) Any methods are fair game as long as YOU do the work.
(4) Any standard drink can(s) is/are the basis of the work.
(5) Please… no Photoshop effects or image enhancements on entries.
(6) Rivets will be appreciated for their creativity but not counted under any circumstances… this is a FUN competition
(7) Paint scheme is to be “railway oriented” and may well include a “livery” of any period if you fancy it… or even one that “might have been”. Brushing, airbrushing… all acceptable
Entries are to be submitted as a series of photographs, with not less than 3 "in progress" relating to painting and weathering …plus as many "finished photos" you wish to present to show the results.
Completed entries are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please resize images to meet with MRF standards – that is, not larger than 900 pixels wide. Entries are to be accompanied by a list of the main tools and materials used.
In addition, we’d really like to see a commentary on the tricks and techniques that you used. Spell checking will help understanding The Judging:
This contest will be judged by Doug and the forum Moderators.
They will be looking for finish quality and believable weathering, with a good dose of creativity and a fun approach to the concept.
The judging will be based on the input from several independent moderators who will give scores THEY will work out individually.
The basis will be “out of 100” with 20 points available in each of 5 categories.
These are: (1) Theme, (2) Creativity, (3) Painting quality, (4) Weathering quality and most importantly… (5) "Entry presentation quality"…
(Because some have nicer cameras than others, Judges will not focus on the photo’s only – Entries will be judged "as a whole" in category 5… photos plus the supporting documentation and project write-up)The TIMING:
This contest starts now… and entries are to be submitted via email to the address provided by midnight on October 31st.
If you want to do so, questions and your work in progress can be posted on THIS thread.
Judging will commence November 1st and to give time for a fair assessment without time pressure, will have one week for completion. If there is a very close contest, then judges reserve the right to ask for "the contenders" to send their models in for final decisions based on the real thing.
The winner will be advised "on forum" in the second week of November.
Prizes will be sent out by DCCconcepts in the week following the announcements…. Or can be presented to the winners at Warley if you prefer The AFTERMATH:
The winners and runners up entries will be shown "as is" in a thread to be created by the moderators…. with some "Nice Judges comments" as appropriate.
Have fun…To show what can be done with the weathering powders, this loco below was weathered using the DCCconcepts weathering kits