How to Model Rust using Pigments

How to Model Rust using Pigments

I love using pigments to model rust because they have a slight texture that is very convincing and they are so easy to use.  The important thing is to put them into a carrier such as isopropyl alcohol (IPA) which enables you to use them like paints.  They brush on much darker but as they dry they lighten and achieve that chalky texture which stands in for rust at smaller scales.

I don’t seal my structures but even unsealed, pigments applied with IPA are fairly robust.

There are now a large number of brands of pigment – I’m using Mig Pigments because I already have them but AK interactive and Ammo by Mig are very similar.

The Real World

Rust Texture
Rust Texture – Textures.com
Rust Texture
Rust Texture – Textures.com
Rusty vent
Rusty vent
Rugg Manufacturing, USA
Rugg Manufacturing, USA
Rugg Manufacturing, USA
Rugg Manufacturing, USA

Materials

  • Mig Pigments – Rail Rust P238, Light Rust P024, Standard Rust P025, Vietnam Earth P031
  • Isopropyl Alcohol ( I use 99% but the 75% will work too)
  • Light India Ink and Isopropyl Alcohol mix – 1 tsp india ink to 1 pint IPA

Index

  • 00:13 The Real World
  • 00:30 Method
  • 05:55  Final Result
  • 06:20 Mini Kathys
  • 07:23 Close

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5 thoughts on “How to Model Rust using Pigments”

  1. Great video as usual. I was wondering if you’d ever modeled a thatched roof? I poked around the net for info but nothing of good instructions.

    1. Peter

      I haven’t but the Pendon Museum has done some amazing modelling of thatch. They use hemp glued in and trimmed as I recall. I think I even picked up some whilst I was there.

      I hope that helps but if your still stuck let me know and I will see if I can dig anything else out.

      Kathy

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