Welcome to the Test Bench! Today we are going to be taking a look at a new type of weathering set from AK Interactive, the Uniform Definition Filter set, reference #AK 3008. The set consists of three 35 ml bottles of glaze; AK 3017 Green Glaze, AK 3018 Brown Glaze, and AK 3019 Dark Brown Glaze. Be sure to check out the extensive AK catalog PDF that is available for free online (link attached).
The glazes are all enamels with virtually no odour whatsoever, which is nice as many of us work in confined spaces. They definitely do not need to be thinned as they are very thin and flow quite easily right out of the bottle.
To test them we will pull a couple of old figures of the shelf and see what happens when we add some of these glazes with both a brush and an airbrush.
For the American tanker figure I used the AK 3018 Brown Glaze first with a brush and then with the airbrush. It brushed on very easily; it is very thin and settled quickly into all the creases and undercuts, right where you would want it to be. After that dried I used an airbrush concentrating on the lower regions of the figure. I tried shooting from the bottom up by turning it upside down in order to replicate the shadow effect as much as possible.
I liked how it turned out, not sure that the camera really does it justice or if I should have maybe taken a fine brush and worked the seams, etc. a bit more for the camera. I think it did just as advertised, adding a bit of volume and definition to the figure.
For the freezing German figure I followed the same pattern, brush work first followed by the airbrush with an emphasis on shooting up from the bottom. It was a bit harder to see the difference with this figure due to the darker uniform color, but even with this disadvantage I liked the effect.
I would recommend this set if you are not quite where you want to be with your figure work. It allows you to easily add the shadow and volume to a figure as well as to define and outline uniform and equipment that has been layered on top of a uniform.
Highs: Easy to work with and ready to go right out of the bottle. No real learning curve at all, shake the bottle, open it up and get going. Suitable for both beginning figure modelers as well as those a little further down the road. Lows: May be a bit pricey for very thinned enamel paint, but it does as advertised. Verdict: I would recommend this for anyone looking for a quick way to make their figures 'pop' a bit more.
About Rick Cooper (clovis899) FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
I have been modeling for about 30 years now. Once upon a time in another century I owned my own hobby shop; way more work than it was worth. I tip my opti-visor to those who make a real living at it. Mainly build armor these days but I keep working at figures, planes and the occasional ship.