I was going to post some more along these same lines but spaced it.
Bob, a flat black base will probably work fine. It all comes down to the misting; and really, no matter what we start with, enough mist and we can change the final product any way we like.
Leelan, I forgot to mention the rivet and panel detail. Yeah, gotta do that. I don't have an air brush, so I just mix a little black and brown (something a little darker than the color of the area I'm working in) and dry brush it on over the rivet and panel lines. The important point is make the brush really DRY so you have to work to get a color change; it blows chunks when I get too much paint in one place. Gotta clean it up and make it look like the rest.
I do some lines in an area (say, the wheelhouse) and then before the paint gets a chance to dry, I take a big, extremely soft bristle paint brush, and blast the whole surface to blend it in. Works OK for my purposes.
I've seen the black chalk / T-shirt method: comes out very nice with a lot of distinction at the rivet lines. i never tried it but I think the guy was talking about ordinary TEMPRA powdered poster paint, no? Easy to buy and cheap at any store that sells art supplies.
Whataya think about the raker teeth themselves" In the movie they look like they might be some kind of hardened alloy (which would figure if Nemo wanted to make tools that would hold an edge and slice through hulls), and they are not the same rust color as the hull. I did mine in a combination of black and gray paint, with a (very) little metalic silver and brown mixed in. Looks OK to me, but what do you guys think: make them kind of "steel" colored or leave the whole thing rust?
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