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How would you weather a triceratops?
braindamage
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 02:56 PM UTC
Hello.
This is my first modeling question on this forum. I am interested how armor modelers would weather this?

It's an old kit I made 25 years ago for a kid but it was never finished due to work. I am using it as a test bed. Here's what it currently looks like.

I'm thinking about it's feet. I guess they were pretty heavy.



I had originally made it too camouflaged and nobody could see it. It's a gift for my next door neighbour.

Many thanks for looking in.
GazzaS
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 06:04 PM UTC
That looks cool!

If I was gonna weather it, I'd look at pictures of elephants. I might add some scratching to it's tough hide. Not claw scratches...more like from branches and stuff like that.

I'd bet they had lots of insects plaguing them. Bugs bring birds, and birds bring bird droppings.

Anyway...cool to see a dino.

Gaz
braindamage
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 07:11 PM UTC

Quoted Text

That looks cool!

If I was gonna weather it, I'd look at pictures of elephants. I might add some scratching to it's tough hide. Not claw scratches...more like from branches and stuff like that.

I'd bet they had lots of insects plaguing them. Bugs bring birds, and birds bring bird droppings.

Anyway...cool to see a dino.

Gaz



Thanks Gaz!

I never even considered things like bird droppings.

Cheers mate.
retiredyank
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:25 PM UTC
I was not aware of many birds, during the Cretaceous Period.
braindamage
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:49 PM UTC

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I was not aware of many birds, during the Cretaceous Period.



I'm thinking terra birds.

That's some BIG poop.
Namabiiru
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 11:29 PM UTC
If I were going to weather a Triceratops I think I would wait till it's asleep and then proceed very carefully!

In truth, I think the thing looks great as is!

retiredyank
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:48 AM UTC
Elephants' backs are covered, with dust and dry dirt. If you really want to make it interesting, add a neolithic rider.
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 08:58 AM UTC
Maybe MIG will announce a set of wethering pigments specifically for dinosaur kits, "Jurassic Dirt by MIG"

What do you think the neighbour (intended receiver of this model) would prefer? Something that looks dirty and looks out of place in his/her shelves? Armour modelers (at least most of us) like it dirty and weathered but large parts of the rest of humanity doesn't like "dirty" things in their shelves and cabinets. Just thinking outside the box ....

/ Robin
retiredyank
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 01:16 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Maybe MIG will announce a set of wethering pigments specifically for dinosaur kits, "Jurassic Dirt by MIG"

What do you think the neighbour (intended receiver of this model) would prefer? Something that looks dirty and looks out of place in his/her shelves? Armour modelers (at least most of us) like it dirty and weathered but large parts of the rest of humanity doesn't like "dirty" things in their shelves and cabinets. Just thinking outside the box ....

/ Robin



Just tell your neighbor not to clean it. Natural dust will accumulate.
YellowHammer
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 06:00 PM UTC
I think a raw umber or burnt sienna oil paint wash would help bring out the surface texture. Photos of rhinos and elephants may give you some ideas about where dust and dirt would accumulate. If you're planning on putting it on a ground base you could match the dirt on the feet. These animals, like elephants have a wide foot print so they would not really sink into the ground unless they've been in muddy areas. You might try dried mud on the ankles with darker, wetter looking mud on and between the toes.

BTW, it looks great. Which kit is this and which paints did you use?