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Offline Dochejed

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weathering vehicles on Mars
« on: August 01, 2018, 01:12:49 AM »
I thought I saw a thread on this a while ago but can't find it now.  I've got my Crossover Aberdeen airship built and painted and was about to start weathering it when I realized I wasn't sure how I wanted to do it.  Given the Mars of Space 1889, little or no rust I would think, more dusty and dirty?  How have other folks done it?

Thanks.

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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2018, 05:01:42 AM »
I have given my equipment rust. The reasoning is that there is water on Mars (canals and such) and therefore there is moisture in the air. Iíve also got the idea that there is something slightly corrosive in the air, a bit like oxidation here; some aether particles or some such.

Itís not overly done and the photo below should show the amount Iím going for on everything (give or take.


Offline Supercollider

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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2018, 06:17:00 AM »
I followed a similar logic with the moisture/mild corrosive element and added rust to my stuff.  After the rust I gave everything couple of super thin washes of my Mars colour (sandy/butterscotch), then use some similarly coloured powders to get into the nooks and crannies.




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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2018, 07:17:43 AM »
Splendid vehicles folks. ;D
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Offline Dochejed

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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2018, 11:18:18 PM »
Really nice vehicles!  Also I like the idea of a slightly corrosive atmosphere so my flyer is going to have a little rust as well as dirt and dust.  But just a little.  This is, after all, Her Majesties Royal Navy and the officers will be  keeping the crew busy scraping that rust off.

Offline Chuck1372

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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2021, 11:12:56 PM »
I followed a similar logic with the moisture/mild corrosive element and added rust to my stuff.  After the rust I gave everything couple of super thin washes of my Mars colour (sandy/butterscotch), then use some similarly coloured powders to get into the nooks and crannies.





Nice work!   What did you use as the base of your skimmers?

Offline Supercollider

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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2021, 04:35:34 AM »
They are actually lids from Bionicle containers!

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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2021, 07:18:48 AM »
Perfect choice. Lovely aesthetic, I wish I had some Bionicle containers. Well done!

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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2021, 02:33:52 PM »
Would not the the tried and true old CD work as well for a circular base?
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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2021, 02:49:36 PM »
I tend to go for a red oxide sort of martian weathering on my sci fi stuff - I use a dark brown undercoat, then my colours applied over a chipping medium, and then a mix of concrete grey , rust orange and dark red pigments applied to the lower parts of the mini with a soft brush.

Offline zebcook

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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2021, 02:11:26 AM »
Because I get obsessive about this (and it sort of relates to my job) I found a recent NASA study on weathering effects on Mars. https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/20190027256/downloads/20190027256.pdf

TL/DR:

  • Things don't rust
  • There is a hell of a lot of dust
  • Perchorlates can cause blisters or pitting in metal surfaces

This link shows a several images of a penny that was mounted on Curiosity, giving a good color reference: https://www.coinnews.net/2014/12/12/1909-lincoln-cent-on-mars-in-nasa-astronomy-pic-of-the-day/

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Re: weathering vehicles on Mars
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2021, 04:14:04 AM »
Would not the the tried and true old CD work as well for a circular base?

Ah, when asked about the base - I thought they wanted to know what i used as the base object for the model.

The bases are tried and true old CDs ;)