MIG Productions Rust and Soot/Dust
Over the past few years, there have been more companies offering pigments for sale. They have all been trying to capitalize on the success of Mig Productions’ comprehensive line of pigments, which has revolutionized the way many modelers finish their kits. The use of these pigments takes a bit of practice, but the end result is very realistic and would otherwise be hard to achieve using standard paints.
The pigments are a combination of organic and inorganic pigments which has been finely ground. There are no additional additives, which are usually found in other manufacturer’s products. The pigments are applied using a brush and can be mixed with any medium such as water, thinner, alcohol, acrylics, resin and turpentine (to name a few).
The pigments can be used for many weathering effects including rust, dust, soot, and mud etc… I’ve used them in a wide variety of projects, and have shown their use in several tutorials. In this article I will show you how to quickly achieve rust and soot effects.
To add rust effects to your models you will need the following MIG productions pigments:
P025 Standard Rust
P024 Light Rust
P031 Vietnam Earth
1. The basic technique we will be using to apply the pigments is brushing it on. The effect is best achieved with a matt surface. Also, if the model was painted using enamels, coat the surface with matt varnish prior to applying pigments.
2. First, brush Vietnam Earth onto the areas you want rust to be. Dust off any excess. If there is too much for your liking, you can continue to rub it off with your finger or a clean brush.
3. Next, apply a light coat of Standard Rust to the same areas.
4. Third, apply a dusting of Light Rust to the model. Try not to over-apply it.
5. At this point, it is still possible to adjust or redo the pigments if you are not happy with the look. Just wipe or dust off any excess and reapply. Since I mainly build scenery for table top war-games and not dioramas, my tendency is to over exaggerate the rust effects. I believe it looks more attractive on the tabletop.
6. When you are satisfied with the look, the pigments need to be fixed to the model. This is done by using MIG Productions Pigment Fixer. Dip a clean brush into the fixer and gently dab the areas where the pigment is on the model. When dry the pigment will be permanently attached to the model’s surface.
7. Speed up the fixer’s drying time by using a hair dryer.
8. The final result is a good-looking rusted surface.
To add soot and dust to your model, you will need the following MIG Production Pigments:
P039 Industrial City Dirt
P023 Black Smoke
1. In this example, I will be applying this effect to a old factory. I want the roof to look like it is covered in soot and dirt.
2. First, mix the Industrial City Dirt pigment with MIG Productions Thinner for Washes. This will produce a dark grey/ black wash. The pigment will not dry this colour. It will turn a light grey. Apply this wash to the model.
3. To give the appearance of soot, brush on the Black Smoke pigment. Follow the same procedure as the rust effect. Concentrate the pigment where you need the effect to be darker.
4. When you are satisfied, apply the pigment fixer.
5. The finished result.