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LIFECOLOR DUST & RUST SET

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Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
Diorama Set CS10 from Italian paint manufacturer Lifecolor is a regular favourite at Scale War Machines HQ.

Featuring six pots of paint the set has proved to be one of our staples. Whilst the two dust colours will help you to give your creations a realistic coating of muck they are not the best bit.

We have found by far the most useful colours to be the rust tones - regularly turning to them to recreate oxidised metal.

The shades include a very useful rust base shadow with a reddish tinge that works well on its own to replicate an oxide type primer, or as your first coat. In addition, there's a dark rust tone, which works well to create shadows & post shading.

However, the strength of this set is to use all the rust paints in unison & the two remaining rust shades (type 1 & 2) really come into their own when used on top of the base shades.

Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
Life Color Dust and Rust CS10

At first they may appear too orangey or yellow-y, but when applied in thin coats in varying amounts over the base shades they recreate rust perfectly.
We've found the orangey UA703 to be a really useful shade.

You can dilute them & apply them as a wash or alternatively spray gently using an airbrush or stipple the paint at low pressure. You can also apply it using the dappled sponge technique.

However, we've found they work best when mottled on using a gauze with our appropriately called "mottled gauze effect". We'll describe this fully another time but essentially it involves spraying through some gauze packaging that was once a screen protector supplied with an iPhone.

When sprayed through the tiny holes you get a convincing mottled rust effect. Keep an eye out for our next tutorial on using Lifecolor's set with this technique but you can see how it worked out on our Tamiya 1:24th VW Beetle that will be released as a premium build video soon.

So if you want to achieve a vast array of rust effects this set will give you the colours to achieve it!

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